Fest Afrika week has started, join us before it’s too late!
Fest Afrika has been getting media attention already in advance. Below an article by Maailman kuvalehti (in Finnish). On the internet, you can listen to the festival’s artistic director Menard Mponda’s interview on Bassoradio’s Boom Shakalaka show (in English, starting at about 34 min.) as well as YLE’s Harri Tuomisen maailmanmusiikkiohjelma (in Finnish), where this year’s Fest Afrika program is also presented. Both radio shows include music by festival artists and other nice music, too!
For people coming to the festival from further away, we suggest two good options for accommodation in the centre of Tampere, within walking distance from the festival venues:
Holiday Inn Central Station offers a discount price of 90 eur/ room (for 1-3 persons) for Fest Afrika guests, including breakfast and sauna. Mention the code “Fest Africa vieraat” when you make the reservation. Reservations need to be made by Monday 26 June directly at the hotel: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel.: 0200 48141 (0,17e/call + 0,81e/min + local charges).
The oldest and biggest African music festival in Finland, Fest Afrika, will be celebrated in Tampere for the 16th time from 3 July to 9 July. Festival gathers together international stars of African music as well as musicians of African origin who have been living Finland for an extensive periods. As Finland is celebrating its 100 years of independence, we want to show the history of African music in Finland by recognizing the local legends.
The main act of the festival is Damily from Madagascar. They play the tsapiky – a music style found in the West on the edge of the Mozambique canal. Congolese, Kenyan and Mozambican music of the 60’s and 70’s nurtured its sound and instrumentation while it also perpetuated local village musical traditions with their distinctive codes. The result is music with an essence of both the countryside and the city, of tradition and modernity.
Other great acts include Liwata’s Afro Review (CG|FI); the long awaited return of Galaxy (SN|FI) and Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble (BJ|FI|TZ). On Thursday we will witness Black Poetry Night organized in cooperation with the Fest Afrika Festival and London-based Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions, with black poets and spoken word artists Zena Edwards, Vanessa Kisuule, Solomon OB and Yomi Sode. The poetry night is hosted by Roger Robinson who also performs at Klubi the following evening (7 July).
The festival also includes children’s program, festival market and workshops and courses in music and dance. See the full program at www.festafrika.net.
In 2017 Fest Afrika has as it’s theme “Voices to be heard”, which highlights the contributions of the people of African descent to culture and the arts in Europe, especially in Finland. Festival is collaborating with Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe – sixth biennial network conference at University of Tampere.
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Fest Afrika’s African market takes over Tullikamarin aukio for two days this time! Everyone is welcome to shop and enjoy the African atmosphere at the (hopefully) sunny square on Friday, July 7th and Saturday, July 8th 2017 at 12–21. More info about the market here, reservations for selling spots by June 5th with this online form.
At the market will also take place Fest Africa’s traditional open stage event. If you want to perform at the market, sign up by email at the address email@example.com and let us know what kind of a performance you would offer and on which day you would like to perform. Also wishes for specific times can be presented. However, you should notice that we will probably not have the kind of full PA at the market as we used to at Telakka in previous years, meaning that the place is best suited for performances that do not need PA or just simple amplification (e.g. background music) is sufficient.
Nothing would work well at Fest Afrika without volunteers… if you want to join the joyous team of volunteers, fill out this online form (in Finnish)! Volunteers are needed mostly for the ticket sales desk at concerts, but also to assist in other tasks both during the festival and beforehand.
Fest Afrika supports as this year’s good cause the project “Dream stories – a trip from Finland to Gambia” by Marjo Smolander, Sini Suomi and the association Apu-Paku ry. The idea of the project is to drive a small van to the village of Pakau Penku in the Gambia where it will stay to serve in public transportation. On the way, while driving through Europe and a few African countries, Marjo and Sini will collect dreams that the people they meet have in the form of photos, sounds and videos. We will get some tasters of them already during the coming festival, although the trip continues in the autumn.
Through the Mesenaatti page you can donate a small – or bigger – sum of money to support the project. On the Unelmatarinoita Facebook page and blog you can find more information about the project and on the Apu-Paku Facebook page and website you can read about the village of Pakau Penku and the activities of Apu-Paku ry there. Most of the texts are in Finnish, unfortunately, but Apu-Paku’s website has also some info in English.