Many thanks to Jaakko Nousiainen, Head of Arts and Culture at thein London for sponsoring a visit to the in Kuopio, Finland. ALL Committee members Rosanna Greaves and Robert Good will be visiting this September and making connections for future possible collaborations and exchanges.
ANTI Festival started in 2002 running an annual contemporary Art Festival in the City of Kuopio in the heart of Finland’s central Savo district, surrounded by lakes and forests.
Similarly to Art Language Location’s Cambridge festivals, ANTI hosts projects by artists from around the world, with an open call to respond to public spaces in the City such as homes, shops, city squares, businesses, forests, lakes and islands – facilitating projects which often directly engage with communities and audiences in the making and showing of their work.
ANTI usually proposes a curatorial theme each year for artist’s to respond to. This year it is play, playfulness, games and gaming.
We are particularly looking forward to seeing Actions Hero’s ‘Oh Europa’ a collaborative group from the UK who have traveled 30,000km across Europe in a motorhome, recording songs of love, hope, heartbreak, loss and desire, sung by the people they meet, and ‘The Search Of Power’ by Tania El Khoury in collaboration with Ziad Abu-Rish, through an Installation performance they relay a transnational story that locates electricity at the intersection of colonial legacies, the machinations of political and economic elites, and everyday acts of resistance, survival, and sabotage.
On Saturday night we will be raising a glass of cloudberry Lakka to you all from Finland with our hosts at the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art.