Please note that because of border closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will most likely be postponed to the spring or summer of 2021, and held under a different name. The new festival date will be announced no later than December 1. On December 1, we will share information about how to apply for a Finnish visa and crossing the border.
As of now: From 7 to 9 of January, in Helsinki, the annual cultural and political festival “Father Frost against” will take place. Here, on a politically neutral territory, we together (organizers / participants / guests) will create a temporary autonomous zone free from hierarchical forms of interaction and discrimination. The festival is organized by local activists, as well as participants from various horizontal initiatives, libertarian, left-oriented and anarchist communities in Russia and the post-Soviet area.
During the festival we will co-create and establish new projects and connections, produce situational practices and knowledge, and exchange experiences as activists, artists and disciplinary researchers from different regions and countries.
Father Frost Against is a territory for the political imagination, creating and supporting alternative practices of coexisting – a way of thinking, speaking and acting in opposition to outdated cultural codes. A space for strategies and tactics of solidarity, synthesizing theoretical and practical approaches aimed at researching and transforming socio-political and cultural processes locally, while keeping global contexts in perspective.
The festival are also a pleasant occasion for us to meet and spend time together enjoying performances, great music, discussions and relax in pleasant company and in a safe context.
The aim of the festival is:
Finding new contacts and supporting “invisible” project groups and initiatives, exchanging experiences, making acquaintances and networking on current projects. Strategic planning.
Joint project activities. Invention and dissemination of alternative infrastructures and interaction algorithms within self-organized communities and nomadic associations. Time spent enjoying.Active participants are representatives of self-organized communities from Russia and the CIS countries, local projects and participants from other countries: activists, artists, representatives of trans / queer / lgbt communities, feminist initiatives / intersectional / cyber / xeno / left feminist movements, decolonial trends, participants of anarchist communities, independent media, representatives of human rights organizations and NGOs. Also – ecologists, philosophers, sociologists, political scientists, practitioners and theorists of contemporary art, critical theory, whose contour of interests lay in participatory projects and alliances.
The festival program offers various forms of participation: open discussions / reports / panels , workshops, presentations, video projects, performances, networking and gentle reflection.
The end of the festival will be a crypto-rave with the participants from the modern electronic scene, experimental music and political techno-live.
All information about the festival program will be publicly available.
Lunch and dinner are free for guests from abroad. We can only offer a vegan menu in order to make our cuisine accessible to everyone.
Overnight accommodation will only be provided for the first 40-50 participants who register for the festival (form available at , select English language from the menu). The rest will have to book accommodation on their own.
The festival program will be held in Russian or English. If needed, they will be translated into Finnish, English, and Russian.
The festival will take place at two locations – Oranssi and Ulrika.
Oranssi is located in Suvilahti. The address is: Kaasutehtaankatu 1, building 11. The easiest way to get there is from the Sörnäinen or Kalasatama metro stations. This is the location for all discussions and workshops on January 7, 8 and 9. .
After 19:00 on Saturday (January 9) there will be a benefit concert for the festival. The address is: Ulrika, Leppäsuonkatu 11. Ulrika is in the basement of the third student house “Domus Gaudium”. The easiest way to get there is on foot from the Kamppi metro station. .
Both venues where the festival is taking place are accessible.
If you are interested in participating in the festival please fill out this form. Only fill out the questionnaire if you need help with accommodation.
The questionnaire deadline is January 6, 2020.