Programme

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Theme 2017: civil society

Next World Village Festival will be held 27–28 May 2017. Main theme is civil society and the regional focus is on Latin America.

Programme proposals 2017

Next year's festival planning begins in August. Proposals for music and factual programme can be sent with the linked form.

Asian Dub Foundation (GBR)

Music

  • Bhangra
  • Dancehall
  • Dub
  • Hip hop
  • Jungle
  • Ragga
  • Rapcore
Legendary Asian Dub Foundation’s activism is directed at creating a more just world.

Idiotape (KOR)

Music

  • Electronic
  • Indie
Idiotape drives the festival to trance-fueled vibrations. Hailing from Seoul, the three-man group is at the top of the indie and electronic music scene in South Korea.

Looptroop Rockers (SWE)

Music

  • Hip hop
Swedish group Looptroop Rockers has attacked social problems through hip hop since 1991.

Bombino (NIG)

Music

  • Desert blues
  • Rock
  • Tuareggae
Bombino's music infuses the sounds of the Tuareg – an indigenous people of western Sahara – with the spirit of Woodstock, fitting for a guitar virtuoso who has been compared to Jimi Hendrix.

Metro presents: Scandinavian Music Group

Music

  • Folk
  • Pop
  • Rock
Loving and letting go, dreams and realities in life, the future and the past. These are the foundations for Scandinavian Music Group's stories.

Mira Luoti

Music

  • Pop
After launching her solo career this spring, Mira Luoti kicks off her summer festival tour on the main stage of World Village Festival on Sunday.

Sandhja

Music

  • Pop
Finland’s Eurovision Song Contest representative Sandhja is throwing a party at Railway Square!

Teho Majamäki & Travelogue Ensemble

Music

  • World Music
  • Triphop
Long-time musician Teho Majamäki put out his debut album in January. At World Village Festival, he is joined by Ismo Alanko, Paleface, Stina Koistinen, Linda Fredriksson, Hossni Boudali and more.

Satuja Soitosta

Kids' programme

  • Children's Music
Welcome to the village of Music! Here, folk instruments new and old come to life to tell of the origins of music and instruments.

Dances from India – Bollywood workshop (IND)

Kids' programme

  • Dance
  • Workshop
Welcome to join in the joyous Indian rhythms! Bolly Beat Dance School is putting on a show and hosting a dance lesson.

Lennu Liito-orava and Kaarlo Karhu

Kids' programme

  • Children's Music
Through stories and music, flying squirrel Lennu Liito-orava and bear Kaarlo Karhu educate children on environmental issues, such as the importance of sorting waste.

Chinese lion dance (FIN/CHN)

Kids' programme

  • Kungfu
  • Children's Theatre
  • Dance
A pride of colourful Chinese lions has arrived in Finland, and they want to stretch their legs after a long trip. As they are trained in kung fu, you can expect spectacular leaps from these big cats.

Panel Discussion: Safe Haven – protecting freedom of expression (FIN/IRI/NOR/PLE/SWE)

Talks and discussions

  • Civil Society
  • Justice
  • Refugees
ICORN – the International Cities of Refuge Network organises shelter and protection for persecuted artists and writers in cities in over 50 countri...

Interview: Deeyah Khan (NOR)

Talks and discussions

  • Justice
Emmy-winning director Deeyah Khan speaks of radicalisation and the rise of jihadism in Western countries, women’s rights in Muslim cultures and freedom of speech.

Panel Discussion: My Nordic identity? – Artists’ discussion (FIN/NOR/PLE/USA)

Talks and discussions

  • Justice
  • Nordic Dimension
Nordic values and identities shift as the world changes as a whole.

Panel discussion: Human rights violations in China (FIN/CHN)

Talks and discussions

  • Asia
  • Justice
The panel discusses China’s human rights violations and political prisoner Chen Zhenping’s story of survival, from Chinese prisons to Rovaniemi.

Morning yoga

Other programme

  • Yoga
Get limber and strong from the start of your day with morning yoga. World Village Festival’s morning yoga is sure to keep you dancing into the evening!

RYIJY: weaving wishes (MEX/TPE/USA)

Other programme

  • Artwork
  • Installation
  • Performance
Be heard! In Kaisaniemi Park, you'll find recycled fabric, on which you may write or draw your hopes, dreams, or fears.

Phantasma gorical – Peddling Time (NED/GBR)

Other programme

  • Artwork
  • Installation
  • Performance
Space and time are losing their traditional meanings in everyday life. Passers-by can participate in an interactive sculpture.

The Land Singing (FIN/ITA)

Other programme

  • Artwork
  • Installation
  • Visual Art
  • Performance
Welcome to a yurt, where you can bring plant seeds and acoustic instruments. The diverse environment and various plants symbolise cultural diversity.

Jihad: A Story of the Others (GBR)

Film programme

  • Documentary film
Why would anyone abandon a comfortable life to join the ranks of a cruel terrorist organisation as a religious fighter, a decision that could even prove fatal? Emmy-winning director Deeyah Khan explores the social and psychological reasons behind extreme violence.

Human Harvest (CAN/CHN)

Film programme

  • Documentary film
Chinese state hospitals use political prisoners for illegal transplant surgeries.

Jack in the Land of Transpinays (FIN/PHI)

Film programme

  • Documentary film
The Philippines is home to a vibrant trans women's culture. Still, trans women face prejudice and discrimination. Jaakko Jaskari travels to the Philippines to see what life is like for local trans women.

Smothered Truth – the story of a political prisoner (FIN/CHN)

Film programme

  • Documentary film
This short documentary utilises 360 degree video and virtual reality technology to tell the story of Chen Zhenping. Former political prisoner in China is now safe in Finland.