Annikki Poetry Festival
7th June 2014
Annikki Wooden Quarter
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, humour and experimentation. The off programme Annikki OFF, which has grown around Annikki Poetry Festival, sprawls over the city on 4–6 June 2014.
Annikki Poetry Festival, just reached its 10th anniversary, has grown to be one of Finland’s foremost poetry events. The festival’s focus is still on poetry, although it has expanded to include prose, music and the visual arts. Annikki Poetry Festival wants to create fresh views on poetry and to put together surprising combinations of performers as well as redefine the boundaries of poetry events.
In addition to Finnish performers, the festival also features high profile international poetry performers, recently Anne Waldman, Nikky Finney, John Cooper Clarke, John Giorno, Jaan Kaplinski – many of which haven’t been seen here before. Our Finnish performers represent both more established authors and more recent voices. Annikki Poetry Festival has sprung its own OFF-programme around the event – Annikki OFF.
The venue of Annikki Poetry Festival is a 100-year-old wooden quarter in the centre of Tampere city, which has created special warm atmosphere for poets and audience to meet. Annikki Poetry Festival is a non-profit event organized by volunteers. The next Annikki Poetry Festival will be organized on 7th of June 2014.
Poetry Festival Artist
In recent years, we have invited one title artist to the festival every year – Outi Heiskanen and Sasha Huber to name a couple. The Poetry Festival Artist 2013 was Rosa Liksom, whose Finlandia Trilogy had its Finnish premiere at the festival. This year's title artist is Julia Vuori.
In 2012, for the first time Annikki Poetry festival featured its own off-programme of three days – the Annikki OFF. The programme consists of dozens of cultural events, put together by independent event organisers. In 2013 Annikki OFF events took place with great succes. Off-programme attracted 2700 visitors. This year Annikki OFF sprawls over the city on 4–6 June. Read more (in Finnish only).
Annikki Poetry Festival 2013
The theme for Annikki Poetry Festival – on the 8th of June 2013, was “The Earth”. The theme aimed to explore and celebrate the diversity of the world and poetry. The festival brought in more international performers than ever. Jenni Haukio, the First Lady of Finland, was the patron of this year's Annikki Poetry Festival.
2013 program included Anne Waldman (USA), Kido Shuri (JP), Habiba (NL), Niillas Holmberg (Lapland), Kaj Chydenius & Taru Nyman, Eira Stenberg, Archie Ahola, Anni Sinnemäki, Martin Enckell, Veera Antsalo, Kai Nieminen & Kai Nieminen and Hannibal & Black Motor.
Poetry contest on Facebook
We have also played our part in creating a contemporary poetry culture in Finland by organizing a widely popular, first in Finland, writing competition on Facebook last year. The theme was eroticism. The name of the contest was Kiima – eroottisen runon kirjoituskilpailu (In Heat – Contest of Erotic Poetry). Read more!
The name of the poetry competition, held in connection with Annikki Poetry Festival 2013 and related to its theme, is Maalaisrunokilpailu (Contest of Rural Poetry). The competition run on Facebook from February 15th until May 15th, 2013. The jury of the competition consisted of the poets Heli Laaksonen and Jouni Tossavainen and literature student Aino Suonio. The winners were rewarded with cash prizes and a chance to perform at Annikki Poetry Festival. Read more!