The factual programme released

This year the festival offers a large selection of films, literature and discussions about topical themes. Discussionsfeatures prominent decision-makers, experts as well as leading cultural and societal thinkers.

Something for everyone

The festival weekend is full of programme for all tastes. Kaisaniemi Park will be stacked with music, workshops and art for adults and children. Come join us!

Nearly 400 exibitors at the festival

The exibitor list includes almost 200 CSO's, closely 60 international kitchens and numerous talented handcrafters.

Immigration, solar power and security featured in World Village Festival’s talks

Press release


The event, organised by the development co-operation umbrella organisation Kepa, brings together decision-makers, experts and influential thinkers to discuss society’s crucial challenges in the heart of Helsinki, 27–28 May. The festival’s topics include Finnish security, solutions to the immigration crisis, the US–Mexico border wall and success stories from developing countries.

The cultural programme released – artists for diversity

Press release


World Village Festival brings 20 concerts to Kaisaniemi, Helsinki on 27–28 May. The admission free festival also includes workshops, art and activities for the whole family. The festival is organised by the development co-operation umbrella organisation Kepa and it hosts nearly 400 exhibitors as they present their work for a just world. This year the main theme is civil society and the regional focus is Latin America.

Seeking street art performances for the festival

News item


Interested in performing street art, music, dance or even theatre? Are you looking for a venue and an audience for your performance?

2017 Grammy nominee Gaby Moreno performs at World Village Festival

Press release


The development co-operation umbrella organisation Kepa will gather top artists, civil society actors and tens of thousands of people to Helsinki in May. The 2017 festival celebrates Finland’s 100th birthday by marking the role of the civil society together with almost 300 non-governmental organisations.

Afenginn (DEN)


Afenginn’s mix of Nordic and Balkan folk and classical music traditions has earned the group a solid foothold on folk and rock festivals in both Europe and North America.

Aláfia (BRA)


Cultural boundaries fade as the ten members of Aláfia combine Brazilian pop influences, rap lyrics and funk with the rhythms of the Candomblé religion.

Che Sudaka (ARG/COL/ESP)


Che Sudaka have been using music to talk about society since 2002.


Kids' programme

Playful children’s music band Mutaveijarit stays true to their name, taking listeners on exciting adventures that often end in a puddle of mud.

Sámi literature travels to Latin America (FIN/MEX) (FIN/ESP)

Literary programme

The poets of the Sivuvalo project translated poems by Inger-Mari Aikio’s and Niillas Holmberg from Sámi to Spanish.

Interview with Phyllis Omido: Shedding light on environmental activism – a Kenyan view (FIN/KEN)

Talks and discussions

“Our Constitution guarantees us the right to a clean and healthy environment and the right to the freedom of expression.” Phyllis Omido founded the...

Embedding social change in the core of your business

Talks and discussions

How can business contribute towards a better society and the environment around us for future generations?



Irina has been carried to the top of Finnish pop rock by her timely lyrics, original rhythm and mesmerising ballads.