Frequently Asked Questions

Mikko Toivonen

1. Where is World Village Festival taking place, and how can I get there?

The festival is held in Kaisaniemi Park and the Central Railway Square in Helsinki. The festival is best accessed by train, tram, metro or bus. For further information, go to the HSL Journey Planner. There is very little parking space in the area, so coming by private car may be inconvenient.


2. Who organizes the festival?

The festival is organized by Kepa ry, which is the umbrella organisation for Finnish civil society organisations (CSOs) who work with development cooperation or are otherwise interested in global affairs. At the moment Kepa has more than 300 member organisations, ranging from small voluntary-based organisations to major national organisations.


3. When is the festival taking place?

The next festival will be held 27–28 May 2017, on Saturday from 11am to 9pm and on Sunday from 11am to 7pm.


4. Does the event cost anything?

The day-time events are free of charge.


5. Are there any age limits at the festival?

The day-time event is open to all and has no age limits. The Restaurant area offers alcoholic beverages for festival visitors of 18 years and older.


6. Does the festival area include a coat check or lockers?

Unfortunately, it does not. The festival’s Kids’ Corner area includes free pram parking, where prams and carriages may be left at your own responsibility – the parking area is not guarded.


7. Where is the lost and found?

The lost and found is by the Info, close to the fountain in Kaisaniemi Park. The items that have not been picked up during the festival, will be delivered to Suomen löytötavarapalvelu.


8. Is there a child care room at the festival site?

Yes. It is located in the Kids' Corner.


9. Is the festival site accessible for all?

Yes. All areas are accessible by wheelchair.


10. Will there be activities and performances elsewhere than on stages?

There are activities and performances at Kids' Corner, Street Performance Area, Railway Square, Theme Villages and at several other locations.


11. How can I participate in organising World Village Festival?

You can participate through volunteering or as an exhibitor or programme producer. You may also do your part just by showing up and getting to know our wide variety of exhibitors and programme, organised for a better world!