World Village Festival is a family friendly and admission free cultural festival, food carnival and a trade fair for sustainable development. It has been organized since 1995 and gathers around 60 – 80 000 people every year.
Next World Village Festival takes place on 28–29 May in Suvilahti, Helsinki. The theme of the festival is “The boundaries of our planet”
World Village Festival hosts discussions on timely global topics and inspires people to act for a more sustainable future. It raises global problems and searches for solutions, increases people’s understanding and provides them with concrete ways to take action to create change. The festival brings people together, because only together we can change the world.
The main organizer of the festival is Suomalaiset kehitysjärjestöt – Finnish Development NGOs Fingo ry, which is an umbrella organization for approximately 280 development organizations. The main partners of the festival are the Helsinki Federation of Parishes, Ministry of Environment, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, European Commission Representation in Finland, European Parliament Liaison Office in Finland and Maailman Kuvalehti -magazine.
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.
Does the festival have an admission fee?
No. Entrance to the festival area is free. A small entry fee may be charged for admission to some of the festival’s afterparty clubs held in the evenings.
Where is festival held and how can I get there?
From 2022 the festival can be found in Suvilahti Area of Helsinki, near Kalasatama and Sörnäinen.
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 in the area.
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 near the entrances. After the festival ends, lost property is delivered to Lost & Found International.
Are there lockers or a bag check at the festival area?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer lockers or a bag check.
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.
Is the festival accessible?
The entire festival area is barrier-free and open to all. The area in front of Main Stage features an elevated stand for wheelchair users to view performances on the stage. Speech Stage is equipped with an induction loop system.
Is there a child care room in the festival area?
Yes. You can find it within the Kids’ Corner.
Does the festival programme extend beyond the stages?
Yes. There is much to do and see in the festival area. Parts of the programme are hosted in Kids’ Corner, the Street Art Area and also at exhibitor tents.
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.
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 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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A safe arena for everyone
The festival and all digital channels of the festival are safe spaces, and any inappropriate behavior or harassment is forbidden. Inappropriate comments are not allowed and are removed from all social media channels.
To take part in respectful, interesting and appropriate event and discussion, keep in mind the following guidelines:
- Respect other people’s right to self determination, pay attention to your word choices and remember that people and their experiences of the world are very diverse.
- Give advice, don’t bring others down – our abilities to obtain information about different topics vary. If you encounter information about a topic that differs from the information you have, remain kind and gentle if you try to correct someone. If someone else is giving you advice, listen and examine your own point of view before getting defensive. Making mistakes is not only allowed, it is also human.
- Create space for further discussion with your own comments, and allow space for others to comment and also disagree with you.
- Keep an open mind – through engaging with new people and new topics without prejudice you open yourself up for learning and growing.
- Do not make assumptions about your conversation partner, for example related to their understanding or background, based on their demeanor or personal attributes.
- Do not spread stereotypes, assumptions or insulting or disturbing comparisons about people or groups of people.
- The festival has zero tolerance for name calling, bullying and harassing language.