Festival of Hope 1 / 30 April 2020


In Alepala, humans struggle through various stages of their lives amidst the mythical landscapes of Alepa, a popular chain of neighbourhood shops, and the Kalevala. 

Sanna Karlström (b. 1975) is an author who lives in Helsinki. Since publishing her most recent book of poetry, Alepala (2019), Karlström has started performing together with her partner, musician Janne Lastumäki, thus combining the performance of poetry with sound art and music.

ALEPALA (audio, 13 min.)

Poems, reading: Sanna Karlström

Sound: Janne Lastumäki

Translations: Pauli Tapio

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Poetry Moon

Poetry Moon is an international literary festival spread throughout Helsinki, Finland, where literature encounters music, art and theatre. The theme of this year’s festival is Senses.

The venue for the main Poetry Moon event is the Club Scene of the Finnish National Theatre, where one can make daily purchases at the pop-up poetry shop and enjoy the plentiful and varied evening club programme. The whole family will enjoy the multi-artistic word carnival at Children’s Poetry Moon in Annantalo or the poetic nature trail where participants can spot birds and verses.

Poetry Moon offers a diverse workshop programme, and those who can’t wait for the festival can already begin in early August with the comprehensive visual poetry exhibition. During the Poetry Moon event, you might even come across poetry on the tram and metro lines on your way home from work.