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Annikki Poetry Festival
June 11, 2022
The Annikki Poetry Festival will be held on 11 June 2022 from 11 am to 10 pm in the courtyard of the Annikki Wooden Quarter in Tampere, Finland. At the festival, the present will engage in dialogue with the past under the theme On the Shoulders of Giants. The event will examine the influence of previous generations of poets and artists on the present day and on the creative work of the performers.
The Annikki Poetry Festival will once again feature prominent international performers, a fine and surprising selection of Finnish poets as well as music, prose writers, children’s programme and visual arts. In addition to Finnish performers, the festival also regularly features high profile international luminaries.
In 2003, the residents of Annikki Wooden Quarter in Tampere founded a poetry event in their courtyard. Since then, Annikki Poetry Festival has developed into one of Finland’s most international and significant poetry events and original cultural festivals. It has also spawned Annikki OFF, a three-day series of events around the city. The festival is organised by volunteers every two years. The Artistic Direcor of the fesival is poet J.K. Ihalainen.
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. Read the interview of the festival’s co-founder Simo Ollila.