The Annikki Poetry Festival
7th June 2014
Annikki Wooden Quarter
The Annikki Poetry Festival has just reached its 10th anniversary, and has grown to be one of Finland’s foremost poetry events. The festival’s focus is still on poetry, although it has expanded to also include prose, music and the visual arts. The Annikki Poetry Festival aims to vitalize contemporary poetics and to put together surprising combinations of performers, as well as redefine the very boundaries of what poetry events can be.
In addition to Finnish performers, the festival also regularly features high profile international luminaries. Performance poets to have partaken in the festival in recent years include Anne Waldman, Kido Shuri, Nikky Finney, John Cooper Clarke, John Giorno, Jaan Kaplinski – many of whom had never been previously featured in Finland. Our Finnish performers always represent both more established authors and more recent contemporary voices. The Annikki Poetry Festival is a non-profit event organized by volunteers.
The venue of the Annikki Poetry Festival is a 100-year-old wooden town quarter in the centre of Tampere city, which has served as a very special, warm and welcoming milieu for poets and audience to meet and mingle. The venue is accessible for wheelchair users. There is an accessible toilet. The assistants of physically disabled have a free entrace to the event.
The Annikki Poetry Festival 2014
The next Annikki Poetry Festival will be held on 7th June, 2014. The theme for this year's festival is Playtime, and the topics to be explored include joy, humor and experimentation. This year's special guest performers, as in years past, have been hand-picked to represent a unique spectrum of poetic voices from abroad as well as from among some of the most exciting and surprising contemporary Finnish wordsmiths. Our children's program this year is once again broad and varied – and not to worry: adults, too, will be given ample opportunity to play around!
In addition, the Annikki OFF program, which has grown around the festival proper, will spread itself across the city of Tampere on 4–6 June, 2014.
Special Guest Performers
The coming summer will bring an amazing cavalcade of international poets to the Annikki festival stage: Hasso Krull (EST), Ron Whitehead (USA), Gerður Kristný (ISL) and spoken word powerhouse Henry Bowers (SWE). Our lineup of Finnish artists includes names as varied as Sirkka Turkka, Olli-Pekka Tennilä, songwriter Kari Peitsamo, Tua Forsström, Kirsti Kuronen feat. Chatchai, Kari Aronpuro, Heikki Sarmanto & Juki Välipakka, rap-artist Rauhatäti – and the Dada Poetry Generator, provided by the Sanakuva collective. The festival will be hosted by Mona Ratalahti.
Relax at our Prose Intervals!
What would a poetry festival be without prose? Between poetry performances, we've invited prose authors to read their work aloud to find out how these writers interpret the theme of "playtime". So take a break and enjoy our prose intervals with Riikka Pelo, Alexandra Salmela and Miki Liukkonen!
This year it's time to meet some first-time authors, first hand, for the first time! The Esikoiset meet invites poets debuting their work to mingle and get together with their readers-to-be, with poet Johanna Venho at the helm. The Esikoiset first-timers this year are Riikka Heinonen, Miira Luhtavaara, Niklas Salmi and Pirkko Soininen. All poets will also be performing at the festival proper.
Poetry Festival Artist
In recent years, we have invited one creative professional to act as the festival's official annual artist – Outi Heiskanen and Sasha Huber to name a couple. The Poetry Festival Artist 2013 was novelist and visual artist Rosa Liksom, and this year we are proud to welcome the inimitable Julia Vuori as our official festival artist.
A Poetic Art Tour
1+1=3, a poetic Art Tour together with Minna Joenniemi, curator for the Mänttä Art Festival and host of popular poetry TV show Runoraati, will create poetic collisions with the exhibitions and resident artworks in and around the Annikki wooden residential block. The tour will last for 45 minutes in total, and will include two poets Heikki Niska ja Satu Lepistö and their original work. Just tell them which page to read from and let the visual and the textual magics collide.
In 2012, the Annikki Poetry Festival featured its first own three-day off-programme – Annikki OFF. The program consists of dozens of cultural events, put together by independent event organisers. In 2013, the Annikki OFF events were all rousing successes: the program attracted more than 2,700 visitors. This year Annikki OFF will take Tampere by storm on 4–6 June. Read more (in Finnish only).
Annikki Poetry Festival 2013
The theme for last year's Annikki Poetry Festival (8th June, 2013) was “The Earth”. The theme aimed to explore and celebrate the diversity of our planet and the multilingual wonder of world poetry. The festival brought in more international performers than ever before. Jenni Haukio, poet and First Lady of Finland, was the patron of the 2013 Annikki Poetry Festival.
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- HENRY BOWERS
- GERÑUR KRISTNÝ
- RON WHITEHEAD
- HASSO KRULL
- SIRKKA TURKKA
- KARI ARONPURO
- HEIKKI SARMANTO
- TUA FORSSTRÖM
- KARI PEITSAMO
- KIRSTI KURONEN
- OLLI-PEKKA TENNILÄ