First artistis and guests of World Village Festival´s has been released! Whole cultural programme, documents and factual programme will be published in April.
The programme is full of amazing concerts, hundreds of civil society organisations, plenty of international kitchens, workshops, discussions, literature as well as art and activities for the entire family. Free entry.
World Village Festival 20: Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble & Friends
Sat 12.30 Savannah Stage
The World Village Festival 20 concert features favourite artists from past years’ festivals and a host of new faces. This special performance assembles dozens of artists for a nostalgic journey to memories of festivals past while also looking to the future.
The concert will be hosted by Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble, a fusion of afrobeat and funk led by guitarist Janne Halonen and Beninese percussionist-vocalist Noël Saïzonou. The band’s guests include festival veteran and highly-decorated artist Paleface together with U.S. rapper Matre, Tuure Kilpeläinen, the charismatic frontman of Kaihon Karavaani, and a set of perennial voices in mixed choir Koiton Laulu.
A newer generation of World Village talent is represented by Finland Prize-winning composer, musician and vocalist Anna-Mari Kähärä, YouTube personality and rapper Seksikäs-Suklaa and dancehall artist, DJ and producer VG+. The slate of newcomers is rounded out by Yeboyah, who rose to prominence as a member of last year’s rap phenomenon D.R.E.A.M.G.I.R.L.S.
Timo Lassy & Ricky-Tick Big Band Brass
Sun 26.5. 11.00 Savannah Stage
Saxophonist-composer Timo Lassy has stolen the hearts of critics and audiences alike, and this May he is bringing his band (Teppo Mäkynen, Antti Lötjönen, Henri Mäntylä ja Abdissa Assefa) to World Village Festival to share the stage with the renowned Ricky-Tick Big Band Brass.
Fourteen top musicians are presenting an energetic and swinging jazz set composed of songs from Lassy’s Emma-winning album “Moves” (2018) and older classics arranged by Ricky-Tick Big Band Brass’s conductor Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen.
Liniker e os Caramelows (BRA)
Sun 26.5. 18.00, Savannah Stage
Mixing funk, dark soul and Brasilian folk pop, Liniker e os Caramelows rises as one of Brazil’s most intriguing new musical phenomena. In 2015 soon after its founding, the group became internationally recognized as their first EP became a viral hit scoring over 18 million views on Youtube. The rewarded debut album, “Remonta” (2016), finally sealed the deal and secured the group’s place on international stages and in people’s hearts.
The group’s figurehead, Liniker, is one of Brazil’s first openly transgender singers, and is known as a human rights advocate. In 2018, the artist was given a United Nations recognition for the advocacy work for equality of sexual and genre minorities.
Wantoks: Dance of Resilience in Melanesia
Sun 26.5. 17.15 Kyläkino
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 at 17.45.
Read more: culturesofresistancefilms.com/wantoks
Eija Ahvo and Loiskis present: Uppo-Nalle's Birthday Party
Sat 25.5. 11.00 Savannah Stage
Children’s music band Loiskis is bringing the fairy-tale world of Uppo-Nalle to Kaisaniemi Park for World Village Festival. Actor-singer Eija Ahvo steps into the roles of Reeta and her grandmother as Elina Karjalainen’s beloved bear character celebrates his birthday with the festival audience.
Shared birthday parties between Loiskis and Uppo-Nalle have been a tradition ever since the children’s band composed an album of Uppo-Nalle poems for the bear’s 30th anniversary.