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Andrea Balogh

General information

World Village Festival is held annually in the centre of Helsinki in the end of May. Over the weekend, the festival offers dozens of opportunities to experience music, dancing, theatre, literature, good food and topical discussions. The event is free and offers much to see and do for visitors of all ages. The event will be held next time from 25th to 26th May 2019. Next year's theme is climate change.

The festival can be found in the heart of Helsinki, at Kaisaniemi Park and on Railway Square (see the venues and the festival area map). The festival Village Cinema screenings and discussions are held at On the Rocksissa.

The easiest way to reach the festival area is by using public transportation. Trains, trams, buses and the metro all have stops near the festival. For further information, go to the HSL Journey PlannerWe advise you not to drive your own car to the festival, though, as the area does not have a lot of parking space.

The festival clubs are organized at bar On the Rocks on Saturday and at Apollo Live Club Terrace on Sunday.

Check out the festival area map here.

The festival is hosted by Kepa ry, an umbrella organisation for over 300 CSOs and an expert organisation in the field of development. Kepa is funded through the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ development cooperation appropriations.

World Village Festival is an excellent opportunity for getting to know Kepa and its member organisations. The festival’s exhibitors include hundreds of CSOs as well as educational institutions, museums, authorities and companies.

World Village Festival is held every year in the end of May. The 2018 festival was held 26 and 27 May. The festival’s opening hours were 11–21 on Saturday and 11–19 on Sunday. The event will be held next time from 25th to 26th May 2019.

No. Entrance to the festival area is free of charge.

No. The festival’s main programme is open to everyone regardless of age.

The festival’s restaurant area and festival clubs held outside of the festival area have an age limit of 18.

No, unfortunately.

There is a free parking area for baby carriages next to the Kids’ Corner section of the festival area. Note, however, that the parking area is unsupervised and that the festival is not liable for baby carriages stored there.

The festival’s lost and found is located at the Kaisaniemi Park information desk, next to the fountain and opposite Kids’ Corner. After the festival ends, any lost property is delivered to Lost & Found International.

Yes. You can find it within the Kids’ Corner area in Kaisaniemi Park.

Yes, the entire festival area is barrier-free. The area in front of Savannah Stage features an elevated stand for wheelchair users to view performances on the stage. Taiga Stage is equipped with an induction loop system.

Yes. Read more about the festival’s environmental work and carbon footprint on the Environment and Responsibility page. The page also includes some environmental tips for festival visitors.

Yes. There is much to do and see in Kaisaniemi Park and on Railway Square. Parts of the programme are hosted in Kids’ Corner, the Street Art Area and theme sections.

You can suggest programme through the culture programme proposal or the factual programme proposal.

You can participate as a volunteer, exhibitor or programme producer. Everyone’s help is needed to make the festival happen every year!

You can also just come to the festival area and enjoy the programme, the art, the food and the festival atmosphere while getting to know how to work for a just world. To receive the latest news from the festival, join our mailing list.

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The sun was boasting celebrations, 80 000 visitors attended the World Village Festival

Festivaalin vuoden 2018 teema oli Agenda 2030 – Kestävä kehitys ja alueellinen painopiste Afrikka.
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Sustainable development is brought to mainstream at World Village Festival 2018

Kepa, a platform for Finnish civil society organizations and an expert in global development issues, brings decision makers, experts, and opinion leaders to the center of Helsinki to discuss social issues on 26 and 27 May. The theme of the World Village Festival 2018 is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, sustainable economy, climate, environment and human rights.

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