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Poetry’s Coming Home
– a Documentary on the Annikki Poetry Festival

Poetry’s Coming Home is a tribute to the diversity of poetry, volunteer spirit and unifying power of culture. The documentary shows how a small courtyard event organised by the residents of the Annikki Wooden Quarter grows over a decade and a half into a highly valued, international cultural festival.

Directed by Aimo Hyvärinen, the documentary features volunteer workers behind the Annikki Poetry Festival as well as a large number of brilliant performers: John Cooper Clarke, Mutabaruka, Yumi Fuzuki, Kirsi Kunnas, Paperi T, Aulikki Oksanen, Verneri Pohjola, Pentti Saaritsa, Arja Tiainen, Emma Kantanen, Rosa Liksom, Hannu Salama, Susinukke Kosola & many others.

The documentary gives a close account of the preparations for the festival in the year of its 15th anniversary in the wooden quarter built over a century ago in Tampere, Finland. Abundant archive materials shed light on the journey so far. Poetry’s Coming Home is a tale of the power of ideas, insanely creative people and the tireless volunteer spirit that ensures the continuity of countless cultural events.

Webpage of the film

First screening in Art cinemahouse Niagara, Tampere, 29th January 2019.

The trailer is in Vimeo

manuscript Aimo Hyvärinen
director/camera Aimo Hyvärinen
production HiQ visual oy
and Annikin Runofestivaali
editor Aimo Hyvärinen

2018
HD 16:9 and 2K DCP, 66 min.

Poetry´s Coming Home

Walk with Pilgrims 2016

The Bench 2014

Slow dance 2012

artist´s head -08

view on truth -02

hillahulluus -00

almost swedes -99

chaos and beauty -97

siisti yhteys -96

spasmus-95

money talks-95

choices-94

clayfire-94

a hero with
1000 faces -91

photograph, a way
to subconsciousness -90

wood is the fate
of forest  -88

the basque country-87

towards pure
earth-87