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What is OAF?

OAF showcases art that is made in the marginals of the society. OAF gives power to artists to make choices and define what is outsider art. OAF creates new space and encounters to bring diverse people together. Equally, side by side.

OAF offers an interesting workplace and working experience for people with disabilities and new generations in event production.


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OAF Artistic team

Artistic decisions and curating are made by the festival’s artistic team. The team consists of outsider artists and artistic mentors from the fields of music, visual arts, film and the performing arts. 

Team members:

Miika Turunen, Sani Valoranta, Riina Noro, Milla Göös, Henri Kemppainen and Matias Salminen, Niklas Nyholm and Joonas Nyholm, Jani Leinonen, Maria Mattila, Annika Niskanen, Pekka Elomaa and Jukka Kärkkäinen

Visiting mentors: Rebecca Hoffman (Outsider Art Fair, USA), John Cafiero (Demented Punk Records, USA), Richard Phoenix (Heart & Soul, UK) and Tanya Raabe-Webber (UK).

OAF Production team

Outsider Art Festival is a partner festival of the Helsinki Festival.

OAF is organized by the Outsider Art Finland network partners, Pertti’s Choice, Autism Foundation Finland, Lyhty, Kukunori, Taike and Donkey Hotel.

Festival production is managed by Pertti’s Choice. Pertti’s Choice is an outsider art agency and production house founded by Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät punk band. Pertti’s Choice is the first social enterprise in Finland founded by people with learning disabilities.

OAF is committed to promoting sustainable development goals, diversity and cultural equality. All of the festival teams include people with disabilities. More info about festival principles and terms and privacy policy. Production contact information can be found here.

In collaboration: Yle, Radio Helsinki, Clear Channel, Oodi Helsinki Central Library, Helsinki Music Centre, Restel, Arilyn, G Livelab, Mad House Helsinki, HAM Helsinki Art Museum, hotel Klaus K, Welp Productions, Finnish Institute UK, Ireland and Germany, Creative Finland, AGMA, Luovi Vocational College, Uniarts Helsinki and Tiketti.


True Equality!

True Equality campaign is launched by Pertti’s Choice and Kyrö Distillery. True Equality campaign challenges companies to promoting equality in cultural and on trade field. Campaign profit is directed to disability employment. The goal for 2021 is to employ 50 people within Pertti’s Choices events and productions. Follow True Equality campaign and join conversations in OAF social media, online and live events. Read more about the campaign here.

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