Celebrated activists in Helsinki

One of the main guests is Phyllis Omido, the recent winner of the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for Africa.

Sounds from Africa and the Middle East

The audience will be in for a great line-up of international artists, domestic stars, children's programme and art  – for free. The festival will be held 23 and 24 May.

Hundreds of exhibitors

There are about 450 exhibitors at the festival, including CSOs, governmental organisations and bazaar vendors.

World Village Festival assembles policy-makers and celebrated activists in Helsinki

Press release


World Village Festival's regional focus on Africa and the Middle East, and the 2015 main theme is development.

World Village Festival 2015 music programme released

Press release


World Village Festival 2015 is set to feature a wealth of African rhythms.

Street Art Area available for artists

News item


As with previous years, the venue may feature anything from theatre or circus acts to live music.

First set of World Village performers announced

Press release


World Village Festival will again bring a wide variety of world cultures to Helsinki. Performers at the festival include UMO – Helsinki – Cotonou, Sahrawi singer Aziza Brahim and author Nnimmo Bassey.

Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics (NGR/GBR)


  • Afrobeat
  • Funk
  • Jazz
  • Soul
When afropop legend Orlando Julius and modern jazz collective The Heliocentrics joined forces in the studio, the resulting album was one of last ye...

Aziza Brahim (ARG/ESP/ESH)


  • Desert blues
  • Folk
Through her music, inspired by the cultural tradition of Western Sahara, Aziza Brahim wants to remind people about the long-standing conflict in the area.

UMO – Helsinki – Cotonou (FIN/BEN)


  • Afrobeat
  • Funk
  • Jazz
One of the most interesting collaborations of the jazz summer will premiere at World Village Festival on Sunday, as Uuden Musiikin Orkesteri UMO an...

Mashrou' Leila (LIB)


  • Folk
  • Indie
  • Indierock
  • Rock
Lebanese Mashrou' Leila's melodic rock is a catchy fusion of guitar-driven indie pop, folk influences and arena rock.

Metro presents: Janna


  • Pop
  • Soul
Known for her expressive delivery, singer-songwriter Janna rapidly rose to top of Finnish pop.

Finnish Red Cross presents: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (SLE)


  • Afropop
  • Reggae
Formed at a refugee camp, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars make music built on wartime experiences.

Satu Sopanen ja Tuttiorkesteri

Kids' programme

  • Children's Music
Satu Sopanen and Tuttiorkesteri perform on the Savannah Stage on Sunday taking their young audience on a musical journey around the world.

Kepa talks: Interview with Phyllis Omido (FIN/KEN)

Talks and discussions

  • Africa
  • Development
  • Environment
Phyllis Omido is a Kenyan environmental and human rights activist and the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner from Africa.