Kuva: Ihmisjoukkoa ja telttoja festivaalilla
Kuva: Andrea Balogh

General information

World Village Festival is a free music and culture festival held annually in the centre of Helsinki. In 2020 World Village Festival is held on 23rd and 24th of May. The theme for 2020 is the Future!

The 2019 festival was held 25–26 May in Kaisaniemi Park and on the Railway Square with Climate Change as the main theme. It was also the festival´s 20th anniversary year.

Over the weekend, the festival offers dozens of opportunities to act for a just world and experience music, literature, delicious food and topical discussions. The event is submission free and offers much to see and do for visitors of all ages.

Read more about the festival’s history.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is festival held?

World Village Festival is held every year in the end of May. In 2020 the event will take place 23 and 24 May.

Does the festival have an admission fee?

No. The entrance to the festival area is free. A small entry fee will is charged to some of the festival after-party clubs held in the evenings.

Where is festival held and how can I get there?

The festival can be found in the heart of Helsinki, at Kaisaniemi Park and on Railway Square.

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 Planner

We advise you not to use your own car because there is a limited amount of parking space at the city centre.

Does the festival have an age limit?

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.

Where should I enquire about lost property?

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, lost property is delivered to Lost & Found International.

Are there lockers or a bag check at the festival area?

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.

How is accessibility organized?

The entire festival area is barrier-free and open for all. 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.

To ensure fire safety, bringing baby carriages, wheel chairs or other similar equipment to the tent in children’s area (Tenava-Timbuktu) is not allowed. A place for anyone in the need of such equipment, will be arranged by the tent’s doorway.

Read more about festival’s accessibility.

Is there a child care room in the festival area?

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

Does the festival programme extend beyond the stages?

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

Does the festival consider 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.

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

How can I participate in World Village Festival?

You can participate as a volunteerexhibitor 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.

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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