Poetry Mixtape is the extraordinary main event of Runokuu. The diverse textival offers all of the following: poets, prosaists, international special guest stars, shows, experimentalism, workshops, participation and joy of textuality.
Even before the event the eager ones can participate in a workshop combining ukulele playing and poetry reading led by ukulele-virtuoso Jarmo Julkunen and poet Sirpa Kyyrönen, starting at 17.30 (duration 1 ). Participants og this workshop will appear in a performance piece by Julkunen and Kyyrönen called Runko, a work built around the texts of Ilmajuuret collection, later on the night. You don’t have to have your own ukulele – or even any skills to play one! There are enough instruments for the first 15 participants.
In preparation for the main event one can also witness poetry induced performances Mitä ehkä VII by Karri Kokko and Ennustamatta by Timo Salo and Touko Kauppinen along the way to the main hall on the 2. floor from 18:30 onwards . In addition Berliner-Helsinkian Vinski Valos aka. Sidewalk Scribe will be crafting custom poems on order either in English or in Finnish with his typewriter starting at 18.00.
During Poetry Mixtape all of the international guests of Runokuu will be presented: Finland-based winner of the German PEN award Dorothea Grünzweig will read from her novel Kaamos Kosmos. Losing and regaining language is a central theme in Grünzweig’s works. Canadian-born Marie-Pascale Hardy is a performing poet, singer and illustrator. Currently Hardy lives in Berlin, yet writes in French and English. The Iranian descendent American author Sahar Delijani will read excerpts from her debut novel Children of the Jacaranda Tree, a novel that has been translated into 30 languages and gathered momentum also in Finland. The novel is about the Iranian political situation and the deeply personal destinies interwoven in it. The main international guest of Runokuu is prominent American code artist, poet and scientist Judd Morrissey. He creates digital literature, performances and installations combining multiple artforms and disciplins e.g. AR technology and poetry.
Update: Unfortunately Kinga Tóth´s performance has been cancelled.
The stage will also feature Finnish poets Riina Katajavuori, Juha Rautio and Mari Laaksonen. A spoken word collaboration by Aura Nurmi and sound artist Julius Valve called Seitsemäntoista combines sound design and performance poetry portraying youth through embarrassing stories and pictures. Artist Jenna Jauhiainen is in charge of visual execution of the piece.
The night will be wrapped up by Black Mödernism collective. They will perform their work Tärkeintä elämässä on olla rehellinen itselleen = Tärkeintä elämässä on olla rehellinen itselleen in which new forms of sound poetry will be explored and instructions to destroy a book will be read. The collective is formed by Matti Kangaskoski, Tuomas Timonen and Eino Santanen.
There are three low steps to enter the building, then before the lift on the ground floor there are six steps more. Staff will assist on request.
In case of wider vehicles there is a bigger lift available and accessible directly from the ground floor to the mid way of the building. Member of staff will guide from there after to the premises of Väinö Kallio (2.floor).
In collaboration with Väinö Kallio, U.S Embassy, Goethe-Institut Finnland, County of Sysmä/Villa Sarkia, ntamo