Niko Hallikainen

Niko Hallikainen (b. 1989) is a writer and performance poet from Helsinki. Hallikainen’s intense and transgressive works observe the ambivalent intersections of class, sexuality and spirituality.

His shows consist of text-based solo performances, which have premiered, among others, at the Flow Festival, Baltic Circle International Theatre Festival and Kiasma Art Museum.   
Hallikainen teaches creative writing at Helsinki’s Theater Academy. He has spent three months in an artist’s residency program in London and will perform in New York in 2023.

In 2021, his debut novel Canyon was nominated for Helsingin Sanomat Literary Award, rewarding the best debut novel of the year. Hallikainen has been honored as Helsinki’s Writer of the Year 2023.

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Awards & Nominations


  • Kalevi Jäntti Prize



  • Helsingin Sanomat Literary Award


  • Prisma Literature Prize – Nordic Work of the Year


  • Toisinkoinen Literature Prize


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