Led by Professor Gregg Whelan and Finnish curator Johanna Tuukkanen, ANTI Festival presents an annual international programme of projects and events sited entirely in public space. The festival, and ANTI's year-round activities, focus on creating a meeting place between a broad public audience and innovative contemporary arts practice to inspire and engender social change and development.
ANTI Festival is currently a partner in Future DiverCities, formed of organisations across 8 European countries, the 4-year project explores new models of artistic creation and distribution that promote cultural diversity and is supported by the European Commission as part of the Creative Europe Program.
ANTI is also currently a partner with New Start Finland! a research project led by Janet Anand, Professor of International Social Work at the University of Eastern Finland. New Start Finland! is a part of the larger research project PROMEQ - Inclusive Promotion of Health and Wellbeing (2016-2019). In 2014 ANTI established the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, supported by the Saastamoinen Foundation, the annual award celebrates excellence in the field of Live Art and is one of art world's richest prizes.
This project is part of the Creative Industries Futures research programme.