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World Village Festival is Finland’s leading event for global action for the whole family, an admission free cultural festival, a food carnival and a trade fair for sustainable development. World Village raises global challenges and solutions, increases people’s understanding and provides concrete ways to take action to create change. World Village brings people together, because only together we can change the world. This year’s theme is the Boundaries of Our Planet.

Organised as a hybrid festival this year, the free event will happen on sites around Helsinki as well as online during the last week of May. 23–29 May 2022. The film programme will be screened at the Online Cinema and can be viewed free of charge throughout Finland during the festival week. The stancetaking and solutions-oriented talks and discussions on Saturday and Sunday will take place at the Tiivistämö event venue in the Suvilahti district of Helsinki and will also be streamed live on the World Village Festival website.

The main music event will be organised on Sunday at the open-air stage of Allas Sea Pool and feature a fabulous line-up of international and Finnish groups. There will also be concerts on Saturday night at Tiivistämö and on Sunday night at the Temppeliaukio Church. The Market of Possibilities will see exhibitors spread across Helsinki’s Market Square on Sunday.

World Village Festival has been organized since 1995 and gathers around 60–80 000 people yearly. The main organizer is Finnish Development NGOs Fingo, which is an umbrella organization for approximately 280 development organizations. The main partners of the festival are the Helsinki Federation of Parishes, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the European Commission Representation in Finland, the European Parliament Liaison Office in Finland and the Maailman Kuvalehti magazine.

Read more about the festival’s history.

World Village Festival 23.–29.5.2022, Helsinki & worldvillage.fi

Online Cinema 23.–29.5. Films. maailmakylassa.fi
Kino Regina 25.5. 13.30–15.45. A film and a discussion. Töölönlahdenkatu 4, 00100 Helsinki.
Tiivistämö 28.5. 11–23, 29.5. 11–19. Talks and discussions, evening concert, art exhibition, terrace. Kaasutehtaankatu 1, 00580 Helsinki.
Tiivistämö Puheohjelma 28.5. 11–19, 29.5. 11–18. Talks and discussions. maailmakylassa.fi
Allas Sea Pool 29.5. 11–20. Concerts and art. Katajanokanlaituri 2a, 00160 Helsinki.
Market Square 29.5. 11–19. Market of Possibilities and art. Eteläranta, 00170 Helsinki.
Temppeliaukio Church29.5. 18–19. A concert. Lutherinkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki.
Maxine 29.5. 21–04. Afterparty. Over-18s only. Tickets €8. Urho Kekkosen katu 1, Kamppi 6th floor.

Theme of Festival 2022 is “The boundaries of our planet”

Planet Earth has its boundaries. The wellbeing of the environment, people and the economy are entirely dependent on the kind of decisions we make now internationally, in Finland and on different levels of the society. Declining biodiversity, changing climate, population growth, increasing inequality, growing migration flows and overconsumption are forcing decision makers, authorities, companies, communities and individuals to work together. Finding solutions to these challenges is essential for the future of the planet and of humankind.

World Village Festival 2022 is about searching for large-scale and small-scale solutions for living a more sustainable life within the limits of our planet. What is the change we need to secure sustainable living conditions for everyone in the future? What role can you play in creating this change?

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the festival have an admission fee?

No. Entrance to the festival area is free.

Does the festival have an age limit?

Most of the festival’s programme is open to everyone regardless of age.

Orkesta Mendoza’s concert at Tiivistämö on Saturday May 28 at 9.30 pm has an age limit of 18.

Where should I enquire about lost property?

The festival’s lost and found is located near the entrances. After the festival ends, lost property is delivered to Lost & Found International.

Is the festival accessible?

The entire festival area is barrier-free and open to all. You can read more about the accessibility information of the different locations on their own websites:

Market Square has large cobble stone areas, which can make moving around more difficult. Temppeliaukio church is fully accessible except for the balconies.

Does the festival account for its carbon footprint?

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

Who organises the festival?

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

The main partners of the festival are the Helsinki Federation of Parishes, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the European Commission Representation in Finland, the European Parliament Liaison Office in Finland and the Maailman Kuvalehti magazine.

Picture: Two bicycles parked in front of the festival fence

For a more sustainable and just world

World Village Festival is a sustainable development event open for all. Festival is organized by Fingo, so that life would be better – for everyone.

Photo: Rami Aapasuo