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Annikki Poetry Festival in Tampere, Finland

After thorough consideration, we decided to cancel next summer’s Annikki Poetry Festival as a public event because of the coronavirus situation. Read more!

Even though the Annikki Poetry Festival is cancelled, the event will happen without an audience, with a condensed programme, and streamed live and free online. The live video stream will be sent from the atmospheric Annikki Wooden Quarter on the original date of the event, 6 June 2020 from 1 pm to 5 pm. The stream will be shot by professionals using several cameras. The URL of the Live stream is

The performers in the Annikki Poetry Festival live stream will be Jonimatti Joutsijärvi, Monika Fagerholm, Happonen, Paleface & Viljanen, Elsa Tölli, Hannu Mäkelä, Adikia and Alexandra Salmela & J.P. Laitinen.

In connection with the live stream, we will also see specially-made video greetings by the Annikki Poetry Festival’s cancelled foreign and Finnish performers: Zena Edwards (UK), Flying Words Project (USA), Niillas Holmberg (FI) and Sanni Purhonen (FI). The show will be hosted by Päivi Haanpää and Anna Elina Isoaro. The unveiling of the mural featuring poetry by Mirkka Rekola will also be included in the live stream.

Since 2003

In 2003, the residents of Annikki Wooden Quarter in Tampere founded a poetry event in their yard. Since then, Annikki Poetry Festival has developed into one of Finland’s most significant poetry events and original cultural festivals. It has also spawned Annikki OFF, a three-day series of events around the city. Annikki Poetry Festival is organised by volunteers every two years.