ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival
“Let’s do the thing that has been so difficult to do this year, let’s gather together. Let’s do that in acknowledgement that many around the world cannot, that we are fortunate that we can and that we’ll value the experience anew as we’ve learnt in so many other parts of lives to not take simple pleasures for granted. Not that ANTI Festival is a simple pleasure, it’s a complicated, intense, rich, and aromatic pleasure for those that prefer a taste of something strikingly unusual,”
Artistic Directors Johanna Tuukkanen and Gregg Whelan say.
We have of course designed this festival to take into account everything needed for us all to be safe. Please find our instructions for a safe festival experience here.
The 19th edition of ANTI Festival celebrates Kuopio’s winning nomination as the European Region of Gastronomy 2020-2021
coordinated by ProAgria Eastern Finland, Rural Women’s Advisory Organisation and Savonia University.
Food is personal, private, deeply social, public, political, it speaks to industry, to production, to micro, local, national and international economies and ecologies, it is global, it is domestic. The festival programme takes on food from provocative and unique perspectives. Projects range from the intimate to the communal, we’ll be offered a window into the lives of strangers and be given opportunities to make new friends, we’ll eat together, think together, walk together and be together in ways that perhaps we haven’t for some time now.
Our Artistic Directors reflect further on the programme in their curatorial statement.
This year’s festival marks the 2nd edition of Shortlist LIVE! and we’re thrilled to present the four shortlisted artists for the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art through a mix of live and remote showings – a unique set of artists and artworks for a unique year.
On Saturday 31st October in Kuopio, we will award ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, one of world’s most exciting cultural prize for the 7th time.