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Partners for international factual programme production

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Does your organisation have contacts to a potential international speaker, who would be suitable for the factual programme of next Spring’s World Village Festival?

A celebration of street food at World Village Festival

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

World Village Festival taking over Helsinki this weekend

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The festival, organised this weekend by development co-operation organisation Kepa, fills Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square with international music, topical discussions, hundreds of exhibitors and delicious food.

World Village Festival, a culinary delight

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The free festival is for many a veteran visitor also a street food festival. Samosas and dumplings, bean and banana dishes, peanut butter soup, falafels, kyyttö cheese burgers and artesan ice cream are only a portion of the options available for keeping the festival audience nourished. Vegetarian food is served at every stall.

Nordic values and identity to be examined at World Village Festival

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Artists from a variety of backgrounds talk about their identities and making art in the Nordic countries at World Village Festival, 28–29 May. The role of art in integration will also be discussed.

Ecology is a cornerstone of World Village Festival

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Wind power, vegetarian food, sorting waste and reducing junk. World Village Festival is making the environment and sustainable development central elements of its festival planning and implementation.

Tune in to Village Radio during the festival weekend

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You can enjoy the festival atmosphere also from home by listening to Village Radio, featuring festival guests and world music during the entire weekend 28–29 May.

World Village Festival to discuss radicalisation, the refugee crisis and funding reductions

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The event, organised by umbrella organisation for development co-operation Kepa, will bring together social activists, experts and politicians to talk about radicalisation, development co-operation cuts, the refugee situation, hate speech, and more. The festival’s main theme is justice.