ANTI Festival

Associated partner Member of IN SITU since 2019

ANTI is an international contemporary art festival held annually in September in Kuopio, Finland. All of the festival events are free to attend.

The festival has been organised for over 20 years and is Finland’s leading live art event. Live art is an umbrella term for innovative performance art that includes artwork that is performative, participatory and embedded in the present moment. At ANTI Festival, new forms of art, the urban culture, and reaching a variety of audiences meet educational and research-based perspectives. In 2022, the festival reached around 12,000 visitors in Kuopio.

At the festival, the works of artists from around the world take over public and private spaces in the city, including homes, shops, market squares, companies, business premises, forests and lakes. The audience and various communities get to be incorporated into the works of art in their everyday environments – both in creating and experiencing the art. We are proud to support a growing group of up-and-coming artists and are often the first to bring international attention to them.

In addition to the festival, ANTI is a versatile art organisation whose work also includes facilitating art and the work of artists around the year thanks to various partnership projects.

Managing Director – Lead Curator: Elisa Itkonen