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. This year, on 9 June 2018, Annikki Poetry Festival will be celebrating its 15th birthday as well as people who go their own way in literature and culture. The theme is “On Roads Less Traveled”. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, Annikki Poetry Festival has put together a hugely impressive Finnish and international programme feat. Joelle Taylor (UK), Djami Sezostre (BR) & Verneri Pohjola, Kätlin Kaldmaa (EE), Jayne Fenton Keane (AU), Arja Tiainen, Mirel Wagner, Rosa Liksom et al.
Photo: Eino Ansio