Tommi Laitio

Produces, thinks and writes - Project Leader of StrangerFestival.


(photo: Anna Schori) -

I work as Programme Officer for media and youth at the European Cultural Foundation. Currently I focus on producing Europe's biggest event for young video makers and their fans - StrangerFestival ( taking place in Amsterdam 3-5 July 2008.


- born in Finland thirty years ago
- attempt to brand oneself as a cityboy although from a small village
- studies on politics and volunteering in student life
- obsession on language

- responsible for the youth and media programme of The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) in Amsterdam
- Project leader for Stranger Festival - a Europea's biggest event for young video makers and their fans
- freelancer journalist for several Finnish weeklies, mostly Suomen Kuvalehti

- kicks: Robert F. Kennedy, Dave Eggers, Tove Jansson, Rufus Wainwright, Stephen Fry, Catherine Tate, Jonathan Safran Foer, Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith
- magazines such as Bant (TK), Image (FI), The Economist (UK), Rojo (ES), Bon (SE), Good Magazine (US)
- YouTube
- The Apprentice (BBC), Dirty Sexy Money, Newsnight, Angels in America
- The Observer, TimesTalks podcasts, NY Times Campaign Conversation podcast
- flying (as a passenger)