ABOUT FESTIVAL

Father Frost Against is a cultural and political festival, focused on critical thinking, reflection and development of new activism strategies. Held in Helsinki, Finland from the 3rd to the 5th of January and organized by local activists, as well as participants from Russia and the post-Soviet space.

The aims of the festival are to redefine social and political fields, through the exchange of information on experiences with successful projects and strategic planning. Networking and connecting with like-minded people, involving new participants and guests in the festival agenda and development of a new language to indicate current and relevant issues is also a focus.

The festival is held in cooperation with various grassroots, horizontal initiatives, libertarian, left-wing and anarchist communities. Active participants are representatives of trans /queer /LGBT communities, feminist initiatives (intersectional feminism, cyberfem, leftfem, decolonial feminism), anarcho-communities (including post-anarchists, eco-anarchists), independent media, human rights organizations and representatives of NGOs. Also participating - environmentalists, philosophers, practitioners and theorists of contemporary art, developing participatory projects, political activists and representatives of alternative self-organized associations.

The festival will be held at several venues simultaneously and planned as a synthesis of various forms of participation: music program, inputs, lectures, performances, workshops, discussions, presentations, video projects, performative practices.

TOPICS COVERED THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL:

  • New ontology/new materialism;
  • Gender/queer/Fem;
  • Necropolitics;
  • Decolonialism;
  • Social protests in Russia;
  • Media-activism;
  • Participatory projects;

PROGRAM OF FESTIVAL

The issue of the transformation of labor and post-labor society (Lecture, screening of a video)

The persecution of anarchists and libertarian activists: old cases and new challenges

Presentation of the Association for the Support of Russian Social Movements

Cultural Resistance in Ukraine before and after EuroMaidan: Art, Knowledge, Politics.

What is common between feminism and antiracism?

Curatorial activism as a form of resistance and meaningful existence

Small media and political activism (a lecture)

Appetitive DIY printing session on your stuff (workshop)

Feminism (s) in search of a common language (mini-lecture / discussion)

«The Russian March-2019» in Lublino gathered merely 100 people, repeating the failure of last year. Does this mean that Russia no longer has Russian nationalism? (report)

Party of the Dead: introduction to necropolitics (lecture / performance / initiation)

I am/We are Shies. Environmental protests in Russia 2018/2019

Independent platform presentation – studio / studio 4.413 (workshop / free mapping)

SPECIAL GUESTS

Lela Nordic

Artist, eco-feminist, activist, DJ

Masha Young

Bloger, feminist

Pavel Nikulin

Reporter, small media researcher, founder of the moloko plus almanac, co-chair of the Union of Journalists

VICTORIA KRAVTSOVA

Feminist Researcher of International Relations

ALLA MITROFANOVA

Cyberfeminist, philosopher

FEEDBACK AND INVITATIONS

  • "Festival in just two days created a concentrated practical and theoretical field for participants and guests."

    Maria Dmitrieva

"I have never seen in one place such a concentration of interesting people and presented projects aimed at developing joint strategies for creating a solidary society."

Sofia Bazhenova

"The festival "Father Frost against Putin" was a real discovery for me. Now I don’t even remember other events that would have so strongly influenced the development of my views. I travel every year to Helsinki for several years now. It is a good tradition to spend how some frosty winter days with friends from all over Russia in one of the most beautiful European countries."

Pavel Nikulin

PARTNERS AND ORGANIZERS

Avtonom.org

Partners

Moloko plus

Organizer

A-ryhmä

Organizer

CONTACTS

dedmoroz@riseup.net

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