Fest Afrika 2015

Fest Afrika 2015

Fest Afrika 2015 workshops

Main program

Monday July 20th 2015

14.00 Koskikeskus

Fest Afrika festival opening

Free of charge

Tuesday July 21st 2015

18.00 Hällä-näyttämö

Nordic Dance Project – Nordic Queens:
DI-VAKANA: Slaves!
The Rise of the Queens

Tickets 20 € / 16 € (retired, unemployed, students, children)

Reservations until Monday the 20th: pia.ojalahti@hotmail.com

The Rise of the Queens 2013

Wednesday July 22nd 2015

from 19 onwards, Pakkahuone

Salif Keita (Mali)
Mama Longhorn (Finland/Guinea)

Tickets 48 € (advance tickets 46,50 € / Lippupiste & Tiketti)

The concert is organized in collaboration with Tampereen Kulttuurikamari and Tampere-talo.

Salif Keita (Photo: Thomas Chéné, art: Lemza)

from 23 onwards, Klubi

40100 Afrikka

Tickets 10 € (from the door), free entrance from Pakkahuone

Thursday July 23rd 2015

19 – 01 Telakka

Saïsba (Senegal/Finland)
Hilton Marowa & The Family of Gondwana (Zimbabwe/Finland)

Fashion show by Sanáa couture

In addition, open stage for African music and dance enthusiasts, performers:
Olugander Abukpapa (Gambia)
Santos P (Angola)
Afro Jam – Vimmart ry
Bogolo band
Malimba band
Marjo Smolander
Kirsikka Mäkinen

Sini Marikki & Petri Niemi

Tickets 10 €, only at the door

SaisbaHilton Marowa

Friday July 24th 2015

20 – 04 Klubi

Mzungu Kichaa (Denmark/Tanzania)
Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble (Finland/Benin)
Moussa Diallo (Mali/Denmark)

Tickets 25 € (advance tickets 22 € / Tiketti)

Mzungu KichaaHelsinki-Cotonou EnsembleMoussa Diallo Trio

Saturday July 25th 2015

20 – 04 Klubi

Songhoy Blues (Mali)
Zakala Musica (Congo/Sweden)
Jali Madi & K.O. Company (Gambia/Finland)

Tickets 25 € (advance tickets 22 € / Tiketti)

Songhoy BluesZakala MusicaJali Madi

Combination tickets

Advance tickets only, from Tiketti:

Friday & Saturday 42,50 €
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 49,50 €


DJ Lulu
DJ Cliff
DJ George MTV


These workshops are directed mainly at adults, for children’s workshops see side program.

Wed 22.7.2015

16.00 – 17.00 afro dance beginners / Njara

17.00 – 18.30 afro (Madagascar) / Njara

Thu 23.7.2015

16.00 – 17.30 afro (Madagascar) / Njara

17.30 – 19.00 street dance afro summer beat / Njara

Fri 24.7.2015

14.30 – 16.00 added: kizomba / Sini Marikki

16.00 – 17.30 dances from Benin / Noël Saizonou

17.30 – 19.00 djembe (drum) / Cheick Bangoura

Sat 25.7.2015

12.00 – 14.00 ilimba / Petra Käppi

14.00 – 15.30 Tanzanian rhythms (ngoma drum) / Ally Milao

15.30 – 17.00 Tanzanian dances / Julia Milao

17.00 – 18.30 afrobeats & azonto / Santos P

Sun 26.7.2015

12.00 – 14.00 ilimba / Petra Käppi

14.00 – 15.30 yoga special / Marianne Leppä


Salsa school Vanha Havanna, Kauppakeskus Tullintori, 2nd floor (same entrance as fitness center Liikuntamaailma), Tullikatu 6


Afro dance beginners (60 min.) 12 eur
Other dance classes, drumming classes, yoga (à 90 min.) 17 eur / class
Ilimba intensive course (2 x 2h) 50 eur

– take 2 or more classes, get –10 % (–20 %) discount
– take 6 or more classes, get –20 % (–30 %) discount

If you pay the classes to Fest Afrika ry bank account by 1.7.2015, you get the higher discount. The account and reference numbers will be sent by email after you have enrolled in the classes you want.

Please note when considering the discounts that the ilimba intensive course is counted as one class although it takes place on two days.

Additional info and enrollment

Enrollments to workshops preferably with the enrollment form, enquiries to Elina: elina@festafrika.net or tel. 040-5063905.


Fest Afrika festival will host for the second time a cross culture music camp for musicians from the Nordic countries and a related seminar for Nordic networking in the field of African music. In addition, a Nordic collaboration project will be initiated this year also in the field of dance.  In 2014, a new Nordic collaboration project was started at Fest Afrika with the title “Nordic Cross Culture Music Camp – which way forward?” and this year the project continues with the subtitle “A way forward!”

This second Nordic seminar is focused on how we can build Afro Nordic networking, so that we would be able to expand visibility of African music in the Nordic countries, to find ways to exchange knowledge through music, as well as ways to collaborate between musicians, music academies, institutions, organizations, music managers and music exports.

The music camp for artists living in the Nordic countries organized in 2014 was very successful and positive feedback about this project from both participants and organisers reached the Nordic Culture Fund office. The aim of the project is to create networking opportunities and raise awareness about African music within Nordic countries, and these ideas were developed at the first music camp and seminar. Through these experiences, it became clear that there is a great need for Afro Nordic networking, for a network that will connect people working in the field of African music in the Nordic region and that will assist in promoting African music and related art forms.

In the long term, the aim of the project is to inspire festivals or organisations in other Nordic countries to host similar events and develop the idea of Afro Nordic networking. In the 2015 seminar we will have two sessions, one open to everyone interested and one for invited participants only. The seminar will focus on finding concrete tools that will assist in creating a functional and practical Afro Nordic Music Network.

The music camp and the seminar is supported by Nordic Culture Fund.

Afro Nordic Network

Open seminar on Thursday, July 23rd 2015 13 – 16
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, auditorium

13:00 Opening: Leena Kostiainen, City of Tampere, Deputy Major (Child and Youth Services)
+ some music

13:15 Iina Soiri, Nordic Africa Institute, Director

13:45 Sami Mannerheimo, Funky Amigos / Funky Elephant Festival (Helsinki, Finland), Festival Director

14:15 Lena Gregersen, The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark, Associate Professor, GLOMAS Coordinator

(ca. 14:45 break)

15:00 Menard Mponda, Fest Afrika festival, Artistic Director & Producer

+ discussion: What kind of networking is needed in the field of African arts (esp. music and dance) in the Nordic countries? What benefits cloud be gained from Nordic collaborations and networks?

Moderator: Elina Seye, PhD, independent researcher, chair person of Global Music Centre (Finland)

16:00 Introduction to the exhibition ”The African Presence in Finland”, Anna Rastas, Dr.Soc.Sc., Docent, Senior Research Fellow Institute for Advanced Social Research, University of Tampere
+ possibility to see the exhibition

The language of the seminar is English.

You are all most welcome!

Confirmed participants: Cheick Ahmed Tidiane Bangoura (Iceland), Abdallah Juma Membe (Denmark), Emmanuel Abraham Mwandemelela (Denmark), Espen Sorensen – Mzungu Kichaa (Denmark), Kevin Michael Mpangala (Denmark), Shabani Rashid (Denmark), Janne Halonen (Finland), Noel Saizonou (Finland), Juha Räsänen (Finland), Sampo Riskilä (Finland), Moussa Diallo (Denmark), Dawda Jobarteh (Denmark), Pierre Niclas Francesco Campagnol (Denmark), Ismaila Sané (Finland), Hilton Marowa (Finland), Laura Nikula (Finland), Timo Järvenpää (Finland), Venla Pesonen (Finland), Jenni Kuronen-Neves (Finland), Marjo Smolander (Finland), Pape Cissé (Finland), Jali Madi Kanuteh (Gambia), Cheick Cissokho (Finland), Karoliina Lehtinen (Vimmart ry, Finland), Petra Käppi (Cultural Cooperative Uulu, Finland), Ingrid Tjizo (Namibian Embassy in Finland), Anna Rastas (University of Tampere, Finland), Menard Mponda (Fest Afrika, Finland), Elina Seye (Fest Afrika & Global Music Centre, Finland).


In 2015 the main collaborator of Fest Afrika is The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas and the exhibition The African Presence in Finland that has already been opened. The exhibition is open from April 29th to November 8th 2015 always when Werstas is open, Tuesday–Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm, admission is free. Check times of guided tours and possible changes to the opening times on the Werstas website!

Afrikka Suomessa Werstas

Fest Afrika Kids

The children’s program of Fest Afrika is this year organized in collaboration with Työväenmuseo Werstas. During the festival week, there will be guided tours for children in the African Presence in Finland exhibition from Tuesday to Saturday at 12.00 – 12.30. There will be more program for children and families at the museum and in the Finlayson square on two days:

Tuesday, July 21st 2015, 11 – 16

11 – 16 Kids’ town workshop (non stop)

12 – 12.30 Children’s Africa guided tour

13 – 13.40 Drum and kantele workshop (Outi and Ismaila Sané)

14 – 14.40 Drum and kantele workshop (Outi and Ismaila Sané)

14.30 – 15 Children’s Africa guided tour

–> more info about the program

Saturday, July 25th 2015, 11 – 16

11 – 16 Kids’ town workshop (non stop)

12 – 12.30 Children’s Africa guided tour

13 – 13.40 Tanzanian songs workshop (Catherine Knuutila)

15 – 15.45 Interactive story-concert “Hyönteisten synty” (“The birth of the insects”, story in Finnish; Petra Käppi, Menard Mponda and Kari Lounela)

–> more info about the program

In the Finlayson square there will also be other activities during the event, e.g. street painting and market stands of African goods. ParkClowns in the mix on Saturday.

If you want to come to sell your products, please contact: Wisam Elfadl (The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas), tel. 050 3666233 or email: wisam.elfadl@tyovaenmuseo.fi


African market

The traditional Fest Afrika market will take place at all the festival concerts. If you are interested in having a table to sell your products or present your association at the market, contact Anu, tel. 040 7489206, email: anu@festafrika.net, and reserve your spot!

The sellers/presenters at the market need to buy a ticket to the day’s concert. We will provide tables and canopies (when outside), but you can also bring your own table or e.g. a rack for clothes with you. Places are limited.