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We had 77 000 visitors in 2015! Thank you all and see you next year!

See you next year!

The 2016 festival will be held 28–29 May in Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square. The main theme is justice and regional focus is on Asia.

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Check out the great atmosphere we had in 2015!

World Village film programme features perspectives on world events

Press release

5.5.2015

Organised for the first time at World Village Festival, Docventures Lounge offers the festival audience documentaries and films from around the world.

Songhoy Blues' concert cancelled at World Village Festival

News item

28.4.2015

Taking Songhoy Blues' place at the festival is Guinean Griot musician Ba Cissoko.

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

Press release

23.4.2015

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

9.4.2015

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

Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics (NGR/GBR)

Music

  • 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)

Music

  • 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)

Music

  • 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)

Music

  • 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

Music

  • 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)

Music

  • 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.