Fest Afrika 2013

Main program

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

19.00 Hällä theatre

Menard Mponda, Cheza Ngoma & friends:

The Rise of the Queens

Entry 15/10 €

(Only about 50 tickets left, situation on 28.7.)

klo 21-04 Gloria Latino Bar

Fest Afrika Grand Opening

/ The Rise of the Queens After Party

Entry 3 €

Thursday, August 1st 2013

19-01 Telakka

Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal/Sweden)

Wilson Kirwa (Kenya/Finland)

Lanyi (Guinea/Finland)

Entry 12 €

Friday, August 2nd 2013


20-04 Klubi

Acoustic Africa 3: Afropean Women – IMPORTANT! AA3 showtime at 22:00!!!

– Dobet Gnahoré (Ivory Coast)

– Manou Gallo (Ivory Coast)

– Kareyce Fotso (Cameroon)

Ashimba (Tanzania)

Entry 27 €

Saturday, August 3rd 2013

19 Klubi terrace

Iida Sams ja Kaihosaundi (Finland)

20-04 Klubi

Dekula Band (Congo/Tanzania/Angola)

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble (Finland/Benin)

Sibiri BB Konaté (Burkina Faso/Finland)

Entry 23 €

Festival Pass (Thu, Fri & Sat concerts) 50 €



Tullikamarin aukio 2, Tampere


Tullikamarin aukio 3, Tampere

Hällä theatre

Hämeenkatu 25, Tampere


Hämeenkatu 24, Tampere

Advance tickets

Reservations for Wednesday’s dance show: Elina Reunanen, reksutin@gmail.com or tel. 040 7337947. Festival Passes (Thu-Fri-Sat) and tickets for Klubi concerts: Tiketti. Single tickets for Telakka concert only at the door!


Fest Afrika offers this year even more workshops than before – welcome to dance, drum and sing with excellent teachers!

Workshop aikataulu – download the workshop timetable as a pdf file!


Tanzanian dances


Teachers Ally & Julia Milao (Tanzania/Finland)

Mon 29.7. and Tue 30.7.2013 at 17.30 – 19.00


Teacher Liina Halsti Ndiaye

Sabar basics, Thu 1.8.2013 at 14.00 – 16.00

Teachers Malick Ndiaye (Senegal/Finland) & Ndiaw Macodou Samb (Senegal/Italy)

Fri 2.8. – Sun 4.8.2013 Fri – Sat at 14.00 – 16.00, Sun at 12.30 – 14.30

Afro Caribbean Party

Teacher Aino Hujanen

Fri 2.8.2013 at 17.30 – 19.00

Guinean dances


Teacher Outi Kallinen

Sat 3.8.2013 at 17.30 – 19.00

African Contemporary


Teacher Sibiri BB Konaté (Burkina Faso/Finland)

Sun 4.8.2013 at 14.30 – 16.00


Teachers Nana & Laura / Peace Star Azonto (Ghana/Estonia/Finland)

Sun 4.8.2013 at 16.00 – 17.30



Teacher Ally Milao (Tanzania/Finland)

Mon 29.7. and Tue 30.7.2013 at 16.00 – 17.30

Djembe & dundun

Teacher N’Fanly “Alya” Camara (Guinea/Finland)

Fri 2.8. and Sat 3.8.2013 at 16.00 – 17.30

Tanzanian songs

Teacher Catherine “Kelly” Knuutila (Tanzania/Finland)

Thu 1.8.2013 at 17.30 – 19.00


Makumba, Yliopistonkatu 58 B, 6. krs (Mon & Tue)

Atalpa, Tampereen yliopisto, Ratapihankatu 55 (Thu – Sun)


Sabar (dance class with live accompaniment) 25 eur / class (2 h)

Tanzanian and Guinean dances (live accompaniment) 20 eur / class (1,5 h)

Drumming, Singing, Afro Caribbean Party, Contemporary, Azonto 15 eur / class (1,5 h)


– if you participate in at least 3 classes: –10 %, if paid to bank accont by June 30th –20 %

– if you participate in at least 7 classes: –20 %, if paid to bank accont by June 30th –30 %

Discounts applicable only if all classes paid at the same time. Payments to bank account or by cash before the first class. Instructions for payments to bank account will be sent by email to enrolled participants.

Important! Workshop participants can buy the festival pass (without Tiketti fee) by paying it to the festival bank account together with the workshop payment.


Enrollment preferably by email: elina@festafrika.net – infos also by phone: +358-40-5063905.

Side Program

Seminar: Collaborating with African musicians

Sat, August 3rd 2013 at 13.00

Telakka, 2. floor

In this seminar, we will discuss how African music and collaboration with African musicians has influenced Finnish musicians, the Finnish music scene and Finnish culture at large. The seminar is part of a research project called “The African presence in Finland”, led by the professor of social anthropology Anna Rastas (University of Tampere, School of Social Sciences and Humanities).

Discussants: musician Janne Halonen, dancer-musician Outi Kallinen and musician Sakari Löytty, as well as Fest Afrika director Menard Mponda, Anna Rastas and researcher Elina Seye.

The seminar is open to everyone, the audience can participate in the discussion, which will be in English.


The seminar is supported by The Finnish Music Foundation (MES) and Red Cross Tampere.

Art and photo exhibition: African women

July 22nd – August 3rd 2013

Gallery of Metso library, 2nd floor

As a part of this years festival you will see an exhibition about African women. The exhibition presents a collection of photos by Eeva Johansson and paintings by Louna Widenius.

Eeva Johansson has taken photos in different parts of Africa. In them, women are portrayed in the most familiar surroundings to them, both at work and at celebrations. Thus, the photos also offer to the audience a view to everyday life in Africa – a paint completely different picture of Africa than the media. The colourful paintings by Louna Widenius present African women in Finnish landscapes.

Free entrance!

African films

July 27th – 30th, 2013

Arthouse Cinema Niagara, Kehräsaari

During Fest Afrika four films will be shown:

Information about the films on Niagara website.

Tickets: 5 € / film

The film program has been enabled by Helsinki African Film Festival.

For kids

This year, the popular Fest Afrika children’s day will take place twice!

Both events are free of charge, supported by the City of Tampere and Vastedes ry.

Thursday, August 1st 2013

14-17 in Telakka, Tullikamarin aukio 3, 2nd floor

perheafroWilson Kirwa’s stories and fairytales around 14.15 and 15.30

Multiple Finnish champion runner tells African style stories in Finnish.

Family afro by Afroahjo around 14.45 and 16.00

Dancing, singing, rhythms and rhymes from Guinea. In family afro children can enjoy themselves together with their parents, even the smallest ones can join in!

Sunday, August 4th 2013

12-15 in Children’s Cultural Centre Rulla, Finlaysoninkuja 6

Drumming with Francois Amoussou at 12 – 14

Francois from Benin teaches children to play African rhythms. The drumming sessions last for about 20 minutes, so that everyone will get their turn to play.

Capoeira for children with Jenni Kuronen from 14 onwards

Experienced capoeira teacher Jenni teaches movements, songs and music of Afro-Brazilian capoeira, as well as actual capoeira playing. The idea is that creative movement and the interpretation of music is for everyone and does not require special skills.

Both drumming and capoeira is best suited for school-aged children but younger children can participate together with a parent.

African Market

August 1st – 3rd, 2013

In front of the concert venues:

– on Thursday, August 1st, from around 14 on Telakka terrace and in front of it

– on Friday, August 2nd and on Saturday, August 3rd, from around 16 on Klubi terrace


Fest Afrika Winter Jam 2013