Timo Lassy & Ricky-Tick Big Band Brass


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.


Timo Lassy
Tero Ahonen

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
Leila Penteado

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.


Iara Lee / Wantoks
Iara Lee / Cultures of Resistance Network

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 ja Uppo-Nalle
Erkki Kokkonen

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.

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