Dobet Gnahoré
Dobet Gnahoré
Tom Skiffington

Grammy Award winner Dobet Gnahoré set to perform at World Village Festival

Development cooperation umbrella organisation Kepa ry is bringing top artists, civic activists and thousands of visitors to World Village Festival in Helsinki on the last weekend of May. The main theme for the 2018 festival is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, while the regional focus is on Africa. The festival weekend features over 20 free concerts.

Saturday 26 May will mark the first visit to Helsinki by Freshlyground, one of the South Africa's most notable performers. The band's music combines Zimbabwean and Mozambican musical traditions with jazz, pop, blues and indie rock. Freshlyground has collaborated with many top artists from around the world, including working with Shakira to create Waka Waka, the theme song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Sunday at the festival will culminate in a concert by Grammy winner Dobet Gnahoré. The charismatic singer was honoured in 2010 with the award for Best Urban / Alternative Performance together with India Arie. Ivorian Gnahoré is one of the most intriguing singers in modern African music. She sings in seven African languages and boldly fuses together a variety of styles, from delicate ballads to upbeat African groove. Her new album, Miziki, will be released this spring, before the festival.

The festival's Village Cinema features a number of documentary films focused on societal issues. The Uncondemned (2015) transports the viewer to the criminal tribunals that followed the Rwandan genocide, while Most Likely to Succeed (2015) looks at the story of High Tech High, a new type of school founded in California that places the pupils' curiosity at the core of teaching and learning by emphasising individual learning.

The festival's full cultural programme will be released on 5 April, followed by the factual programme on 17 April.

For a just world

World Village Festival is organised 26–27 May 2018 in Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square in Helsinki. The festival is open 11–21 on Saturday and 11–19 on Sunday. Entrance to the festival is free of charge. The festival is organised by development cooperation umbrella organisation Kepa ry, an umbrella organisation for over 300 Finnish CSOs and an expert on global development issues.

The festival's main partners are the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland, the European Union, Eko Lumme, Ben & Jerry's and Maailman Kuvalehti.

For further information

Johanna Eurakoski
Programme Manager
+358 50 317 6698

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