Sivuvalo Channel: Literature Independent Media Project

Sivuvalo Channel


The visibility and presence of non-dominant language writers in the local media and literary scene has been increasing in recent years. However, the visibility still stays quite marginal in spite of a strong community of professional writers and artists, who have shown that they want to be listened to.

In accordance with this, Sivuvalo project decided to create an own alternative media called Sivuvalo Channel (Sivuvalo Kanava) on its website. By producing and filming in-depth interviews with professional poets, authors, academics, translators and others, Sivuvalo wants to participate in the discussion of multilingualism. This will highlight and promote contemporary international literature in Finland and in other Northern European countries.

Sivuvalo Channel will also make the public aware of all the initiatives in which these authors participate such as interviews, discussion panels, workshops, and exhibitions. The channel will give updates on all the new activities of the project, offering video-teasers of our most relevant events as well.

This project was launched in late 2015 with an interview with writer Mazen Maarouf (Palestine/Iceland) during Sivuvalo’s poetry night for Runokuu international festival and Teivo Teivainen (Finnish Professor of World Politics from University of Helsinki) discussing about Mutanttikieltä project.

You can watch all the interviews and videos at our website, or follow us from Sivuvalo’s YouTube channel as well.


2015 | Teivo Teivanen – Finnish Professor of World Politics, University of Helsinki.

2015 | Lalo Barrubia – Poet and Performer (Uruguay/Malmö).

2015 | Tomás Cohen – Chilean Poet resident in Hamburg,Germany.

Presentations and performances:

2016 | Amir Darwish – Syrian British Poet from Kurdish origin.

2016 | Ahmed Zaidan – Iraqi poet performing with Säkeet Orkesteri.

2016 | Diana Mistera – Italian writer living in Finland.

2016 | Zoila Forss and Polina Kopylova