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World Village Festival gathered once again decision-makers, influential thinkers, CSO's, artists and festivals goers for a just world. Thank you all!

Next year again

World Village Festival will be held again next year 26–27 of May 2018

The theme of 2018

Next year's theme is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


A celebration of street food at World Village Festival

Press release


For many of its regular visitors, World Village Festival is also known as a celebration of street food cultures from around the globe. Deep-fried plantain chips, nopales cactus salad, Brazilian coxinha pastries, meze dishes, samosas, oxtail soup, spring and summer rolls, Tibetan vegetable momo dumplings, crêpes, Kuusamo vendaces and a plethora of other dishes are available at the festival. Every food vendor also offers at least one vegetarian option on their menu.

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?

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...

Panel discussion: Social change through business – words & deeds?

Talks and discussions

How can business contribute towards a better society? Join us for a discussion and a scoop of ice cream.



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