M.A.K.U. Soundsystem is a group formed in New York by Colombian immigrants, and their Latin rhythms represent a mix of jazz, Afrobeat and political activism. “I think the greatest global development challenge is that the richest one percent of people control a massive amount of property, power and natural resources”, says band member Robert Stringer.
Che Sudaka combines cumbia and ska with a mission to defend peoples’ peaceful co-existence and opportunities for making a difference through politics. Originally from Argentina and Colombia, the band’s musicians met as illegal immigrants in Spain. This year, Che Sudaka is celebrating their 15th anniversary with a tour and a new album.
Aláfia, a band of 10 memebers, is a fusion of cultures: pop, rap and funk are fused with the rhythms of the Candomblé religion. Founded in 2011 in Sao Paolo, the band is performing at World Village Festival as part of their European tour.
The festival also features the 2017 Grammy nominee and Latin Grammy winner Gaby Moreno from Guatemala. Swedish timba players Calle Real and Danish folk band Afenginn are also set to perform. Saturday evening’s highlights include what promises to be an exciting performance by Spanish electro-flamenco duo Fuel Fandango.
Finnish artists on stage include the top of Finnish jazz Dalindéo, the moody folk tunes of Viitasen Piia, Anna Puu and the Emma winner Irina. The children's programme includes plenty of activities at the Kids’ Corner area of the festival and a main stage performance by the cheerful children’s band Mutaveijarit.
The festival also offers an opportunity to participate in a Story Sharing Universe workshop, in which people from a variety of backgrounds share their tales. The Story Sharing Café of the Universum theatre company was recently honoured with an award for advancing theatre. The grounds for the award recognised the group’s work in defence of human rights and humanistic values.
Close to 400 organisations – civil society organisations, educational institutions, authorities and companies – are represented at the festival. Exhibitors’ stands provide opportunities for participation and activism throughout the weekend
For a just world
World Village Festival is held 27–28 May in Helsinki at Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square. Opening hours are 11–21 on Saturday and 11–19 on Sunday. Admittance to the festival is free of charge. In honour of the Finnish centennial, the festival highlights the role civil society plays in building a just world. The factual and film programmes will be released on 19 April.
The festival is produced by Kepa, the umbrella organisation for over 300 Finnish CSOs and an expert organisation in the field of global development. Main partners of the festival are the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the European Union, Ben & Jerry’s and Maailman Kuvalehti. World Village Festival is part of the programme for the centenary of Finland's independence in 2017.
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