2017 Grammy nominee Gaby Moreno performs at World Village Festival | World Village Festival

Gaby Moreno

2017 Grammy nominee Gaby Moreno performs at World Village Festival

Press release

Tue 14.2.2017 08.59

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.

The Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno is one of the headliners at the upcoming festival. Her discography of six albums is a collection of songs that combine jazz, folk and blues. Moreno’s album Ilusión was nominated for the Best Latin Pop Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Moreno’s music has received praise for its original and vintage influences and she was awarded as Best New Artist in the 2013 Latin Grammy Awards.

Despite having lived in Los Angeles for 16 years, Moreno has not applied for US citizenship as she wants to maintain a strong connection to her Guatemalan roots. With her music Moreno has participated in the discussion of social issues such as immigration. During her career, Gaby Moreno has toured with House actor and jazz musician Hugh Laurie, singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman and more.

The Spanish band Fuel Fandango brings their fusion of electronic pop and flamenco. Their third album, Aurora, was released in April 2016 and within the first week of the album’s release, it hit the second place on Spanish charts. The album is produced by Steve Dub, who has also worked with artist like The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy.

Finnish acts include Anna Puu, who is set to perform alongside her band on Saturday at the festival. In addition to touring, the artist features as a judge on The Voice of Finland this spring.

World Village Festival includes numerous films on current and societal issues. Murha Meksikossa (A Murder in Mexico) is a documentary about the long legal battle undertaken by Eve Jaakkola, whose son Jyri Jaakkola was murdered in Mexico in 2010. After the film, the Siemenpuu Foundation hosts a discussion on the roles of the Finnish and Mexican states and the EU in the legal issues facing the Jaakkola family.

The festival’s full cultural programme will be revealed on 5 April 2017. The factual programme and films will be released on 19 April 2017.

For a just world

World Village Festival is held 27–28 May 2017 at Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square in Helsinki, 11–21 on Saturday and 11–19 on Sunday. Admission is free of charge. The festival is organised by development co-operation umbrella organisation Kepa, a platform for Finnish civil society organizations and an expert on global development issues. With more than 300 members focusing on development cooperation, global education or advocacy work, Kepa brings people together to take action for a just world.

The main partners of World Village Festival are the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Ben & Jerry’s.


For further information

Johanna Eurakoski
Communications and Fundraising Manager
johanna [dot] eurakoskiatkepa [dot] fi
+358 50 317 6698


Promotion photographs in Flickr.