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What is OAF?

Outsider Art Festival OAF conquers Helsinki 12.-21.8.2022!

OAF 2022 offers a diverse art program with more than 20 events all around Helsinki and online. The OAF festival guides lead the audience to singing karaoke in Karelian language on the Kansalaistori Square, to art exhibitions at Helsinki Art Museum HAM and Pertti’s Choice Gallery in Hakaniemi as well as to enjoy the energy of live concerts at G Livelab Helsinki. The film screenings take place at Central Library Oodi’s Kino Regina and at the OAF Online Stage. You can follow the conversation programs about current topics at HAM Corner and Radio Helsinki.

OAF showcases art that is made in the marginals of the society. At OAF, the artists get to define by themselves what outsider art is – or they may leave it undefined. OAF 2022 artists take a stance for world peace and organize an exhibition for Ukraine.

OAF creates a space, which brings people together and enables new encounters. Equally and together. OAF offers an interesting workplace and working experience for people with disabilities and new generations in event production.

Follow us on social media: @outsiderartfestival #outsiderart #outsiderartfestival #outsiderartfinland

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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, Mika Hagman, Niklas Nyholm, Joonas Nyholm, Jani Leinonen, Ida Karimaa, Heidi Backström, Elina Hirvonen, Pekka Elomaa and Jukka Kärkkäinen.

Visiting mentors: Olga Fominykh (Outsiderville, RU) and Thomas Röske (European Outsider Association; DE).

Check out the aftermovie from 2021 on the left.

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: Radio Helsinki, Clear Channel, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Oodi Helsinki Central Library, Helsinki Music Centre, Arilyn, G Livelab, Mad House Helsinki, HAM Helsinki Art Museum, Hotel Klaus K, Welp Productions, Finnish Institute in France, Creative Finland, Luovi Vocational College, Uniarts Helsinki, Hospital Nova, Outsider Art Fair Paris 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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