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The 17th ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival is focusing its attentions on play and gaming

The 17th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 25th and 30th September 2018. Internationally celebrated, award-winning artists from around the world will present projects engaged with ideas of play, playfulness, games and gaming.

A playful engagement with the spaces of Kuopio, ANTI Festival’s host city, has been at the heart of the festival’s approach to bringing vital, exciting and surprising contemporary art to the community. For 2018 the festival is focusing its attentions properly on play and gaming.

Artistic directors Johanna Tuukkanen and Gregg Whelan are excited about the festival theme:

– Play and games, in forms as divergent as any other realm of human activity, sit at the heart of the contemporary experience. Games are in our pockets, on our screens, in our bodies, they are played in and on the city, the landscape, the sea, the globe. Games and play have become a way – an active way – of understanding the world and each other.

During the festival week, ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, one of world’s most exciting cultural prizes, will be awarded. ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will also host the third Future DiverCitiesLab in Kuopio.

The full 2018 programme will be available in June on the ANTI Festival’s website: http://antifestival.com/en.


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