Pori Outlaw§ Theatre Festival (Teatterifestivaali Lain§uojattomat) is an annual event for independent theatre companies and performing artists from Finland with some interesting international guests as well. The Festival is organised by Rakastajat-teatteri, located in the city of Pori on the West Coast of Finland by the Baltic Sea.
Outlaw§, first organised in the year 2000, is an important part of the Finnish theatre scene. So far the Festival has featured over 300 independent theatre companies, ensembles or individual artists, 35 of which have come from outside of Finland. Our international guests have come from the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Poland, Spain, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. The festival has especially close connections with the Irish theatre industry.
Not only is the festival a showcase for outstanding pieces of theatre and performance but it's also a platform for connecting with artists from across the country. Therefore industry meetings and seminars for theatre professionals have become a vital part of the programme of the festival to enable discussion and exchange of thoughts between theatre practitioners.