The work of the ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival as an artistically ambitious, locally, nationally and internationally impactful festival has been noted: The European Festival Association EFA (European Festival Association) has awarded it the EFFE Label (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe).

"An artistically ambitious, experimental festival of contemporary, site-specific art. The festival has a

strong motive to strengthen its international significance," the European Festival Association EFA describes the ANTI festival.

Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1952, The European Festivals Award (EFA) is an umbrella organisation for European and some other festivals and one of Europe's oldest cultural organizations. It has grown from 15 festivals to a dynamic network that represents about 100 music, dance, theater and multi-disciplinary festivals, national festival associations and cultural organizations from 40 countries.

715 festivals from 39 countries received the EFFE Label 2017–2018. The first EFFE Awards were rewarded 12 of the most trendsetting European festivals, Midnight Sun Film Festival and Santarcangelo Festival Internazionale del teatro in Piazza among others. The program of Santarcangelo Festival 2017 includes The Museum of Nonhumanity , a collaboration between the writer Laura Gustafsson and the visual artist Terike Haapoja, that had its premiere in Helsinki in 2016.

In addition to the EFFE Label, EX(S)PORTS #2 project of ANTI Festival and its five partners has been drawn up in the European Commission’s Creative Europe Programme. The two-year international collaboration concentrates on

building bridges between art and sport, aims to develop new perspectives and possibilities for artistic projects and extend audiences for the work and the network’s partner organisations.

EX(S)PORTS #2 project partners will co-produce multidisciplinary art projects, arrange artist residencies and engage different communities – such as sport organisations – in the partner’s host cities.

EX(S)PORTS #2 partners are
L’Entorse Ranskasta,
Kuntsencentrum Buda Belgiasta,
Leeds Beckett University,
Compass Live Art and
Live Art Bistro from the UK.

Jarkko Partanen: Fields of Glory Kuopio. Photo: Pekka Mäkinen