Timo Lassy
Tero Ahonen

First performers announced – Emma-winner Timo Lassy joins festival line-up

World Village Festival is an event that attracts an audience of nearly 80 000 visitors every year to a programme that includes free concerts by top musicians, discussions on social issues and films. 

The first performers of the 20th World Village Festival have been announced. 

Concerts on the main stage will include a collaborative show between Emma-winning jazz musician Timo Lassy with his band and the celebrated Ricky-Tick Big Band Brass.

The festival’s Village Cinema programme will feature the world premiere of the documentary film Wantoks: Dance of Resilience, produced by the Cultures of Resistance Network. The film takes the viewer to Melanesia, where global warming causes the sea level to rise, threatening the existence of both the islands and cultures of the region. The film will be followed by an interview with director Iara Lee.

Closing performance by reowned human rights activist

The festival weekend will close with a concert by Brazilian band Liniker e os Caramelows. One of the most interesting musical phenomena in their home country, the group mixes funk and gloomy soul with Brazilian pop music. The band’s vocalist, Liniker, is one of the first openly transgender singers in Brazil and has been recognised for her work on behalf of sexual and gender minorities by the United Nations.

Young festival-goers will be treated to a show by the band Loiskis and Eija Ahvo, who will bring Elina Karjalainen’s character Uppo-Nalle to life in Kaisaniemi as the beloved bear celebrates his birthday.

The festival’s full cultural and documentary film programme will be released on 2 April and the factual programme on 18 April.

World Village Festival will be held 25–26 May 2019 in Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square in Helsinki. The event is hosted by Fingo, the umbrella organisation for over 300 development CSOs.

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