ANTI-Contemporary art festival:
29th of September – 2nd of October 2011 (Kuopio)
Finland was the last destination on our first alternative art tour around Scandinavia. Instead of inhaling the capital, we went straight to Kuopio – a smaller city on the east coast, where the 10th anniversary of ANTI- festival was celebrated. The theme of this year’s festival was; REMAKE, REBUILD and RENEW.
Since this was my very first time in Finland, I’d been wondering about the country and its people. Who were these Finns and what were they like?
It´s hard to infer about a nation after only staying there for couple of days. But at least I got some hints about the Finnish social behavior;
The standard greeting for Finnish people is a handshake. Hugs and kisses, even on the cheek, are only exchanged between family members and close friends. And the Finnish language. Unfortunately, it lacks a specific word for “please”, so Finns sometimes forget to use it when speaking English, even when they don’t mean to be rude.
And why do I think this is interesting? Simply, because it sounds like Iceland; my country and its people.
Over a crisp cool weekend, we got the opportunity to meet some of the world’s best performance artists, party with locals and learn couple of words in the weirdest language on earth.
If you want to see some more photos from Kuopio click here!