Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics. Photo: Alexis Maryon

World Village Festival 23–24 May, 2015

The Nordic Africa Institute participates for the first time in the World Village Festival with a stand (A 157) located in the Market of Possibilities Tent in Kaisaniemi Park. Iina Soiri, director of the Institute, takes part in two programs on Saturday 23 May.

Since 1995, World Village Festival has been a free festival for the whole family. The event is open to all and a meeting place offering tastes of different cultures and surprises from all over the world. There is approximately 80 000 festival visitors every year.

The festival is organised every year in May. Cultures from all over the world meet again in the centre of Helsinki on 23–24 May 2015. The theme of the 2015 festival is development. The regional focus on this year's programme is on Africa and the Middle East. The festival offers world views and possibilities, as well as music, circus, dance, theatre, art and activities. It offers new perspectives on tolerant multiculturalism, development cooperation, global issues and expanding one's possibilities for affecting everyday life.

Iina Soiri, NAIs director, participates in two programs:

  • Saturday May 23rd at 15.40–16.20
    Venue: Amazon Stage, at World Books/ Maailman Kirjat R506, Railway Square. Program in Finnish
    Paneelikeskustelu: Uutisia Afrikasta, konflikteja ja kehitystä
    (Panel discussion: News from Africa, conflicts and development). http://www.maailmakylassa.fi/english/node/16012
  • Saturday May 23rd at 18.10–18.55
    Venue: Mekong Stage, Railway Square
    Program in English

Kepa talks: Possibilities of civil society action in Africa (FIN/KEN/NGR/TAN) http://www.maailmakylassa.fi/english/programme/16086

The main organiser of World Village Festival is the Kepa, which is an umbrella organisation for nearly 300 development organisations or other CSOs working on issues concerning development and globalisation. Kepa itself is a politically and ideologically non-aligned organisation that operates with funding from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Over 500 other partners are involved in the festival – some 300 CSOs as well as educational institutions, museums, public authorities and businesses.

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