Fest Afrika 2016

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FEST AFRIKA 2016 Monday


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FEST AFRIKA 2016 Workshops

Seminars and Exhibition

FEST AFRIKA 2016 Seminars and Exhibitions




Main Program

In 2016 Fest Afrika will celebrate it’s 15 year anniversary with a broad concert programme, as well as with workshops, childrens programme and more. Have a look at the side program as well, since it includes events also outside Tampere!

Monday, July 25th 2016

Fest Afrika Grand Opening

from 14 onwards, Koskikeskus

Surprise program

Free entry!

Tuesday, July 26th 2016

Fest Afrika Children’s Day in Särkänniemi


Park afro for all ages / Cheick Bangoura
Senegalese lion dance performance / Malick Ndiaye
Mask workshop / Karoliina Halsti-Ndiaye
Multicultural children’s music by Kids’ Cafe

Free entry!

Wednesday, July 27th 2016

Telakka Somali Night


Bizzyiam (FIN/SOM)
Vimmart (FIN/SOM)
DJ Hassey (FIN/SOM)

Tickets: 5 eur, only at the door

See also Somalia afternoon in the main library Metso

Thursday, July 28th 2016


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THREE BIRDS – Musical dance stories from Africa

Tickets: 12 eur for adults, 6 eur for children (under 15 yrs), reservations: piia@festafrika.net



Malang Cissokho (FIN/SEN)
Lanyi & Friends (FIN/GQ)
Jackson Wahengo feat. Tampere music teachers (NAM/FIN)

Tickets: 10 eur, only at the door

Friday, July 29th 2016

Pakkahuone square


Traveling Village Festival Market in collaboration with Tampere Flamenco Festival: food and other things to buy, performances… and an African-Spanish-Finnish jam session!

The details are being updated into the Facebook event.



Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits (ZW)
Total Hip Replacement (DEN)
Trio Toffa (FIN/BEN)

Tickets: in advance 35,50 eur (Tiketti), at the door 39,00 eur



Main concert after party
Fest Afrika DJs

Free entrance from Pakkahuone

Saturday, July 30th 2016



Aiyekooto & Afrobeat International (FIN/NGA)
Bangoura Band (ICE)
Myrma (SEN)
Afro Nordic Sounds (FIN/SWE/ICE/DEN/NOR)

Tickets: in advance 22,50 eur (Tiketti), at the door 25,00 eur

Weekend tickets: Fri & Sat concerts 49,50 eur (Tiketti), at the door 55,00 eur

Sunnuntai 31.7.2016

Closing Party, Telakka


Saïsba Band / Ismaila Sané

Tickets: 5 eur, only at the door


Wed 27.7.2016

16.00 – 17.00 park afro / Cheza Ngoma

17.00 – 18.30 samba de roda / Mestre Ze Baiano, Mestre Sirí, Contra-mestra Platina CANCELLED!

18.30 – 20.00 drumming dance / Cheick Bangoura

Thu 28.7.2016

10.00 – 13.00 West African rhythms / Noël Saïzonou

17.00 – 18.30 maculele / Mestre Ze Baiano, Mestre Sirí, Contra-mestra Platina CANCELLED!

18.30 – 20.00 djembe (drumming) / Cheick Bangoura

Fri 29.7.2016

10.00 – 13.00 West African rhythms / Noël Saïzonou

17.00 – 18.30 afromix / Aisha Sylla

18.30 – 20.00 twerk / Tia-Maria Sokka

Sat 30.7.2016

12.00 – 14.00 irimba / Petra Käppi

14.30 – 16.00 kizomba / Nina & Hanna

16.00 – 17.30 West African dances / Aisha Sylla

17.30 – 19.00 afrostreet / Aisha Sylla

Sun 31.7.2016

12.00 – 14.00 irimba / Petra Käppi

14.30 – 16.00 yoga special / Mia Moilanen


Dance studio Razzmatazz, Finlayson, Satakunnankatu 18

Park afro in Sorsapuisto
Irimba and West African rhythms at Olotila Moyo, Tuomiokirkonkatu 1 (note change of place!)

Additional info and enrollment

These workshops are directed mainly at adults, also youth can participate according to their skill level. For children’s program see the side program page. Changes to the program possible!

Enquiries to Elina: elina@festafrika.net, puh. 040-5063905
Enrollment and payments: https://holvi.com/shop/festafrika/


Park afro (for beginners, 60 min.) 5 eur, no advance enrollments, will be cancelled in case of rain, cash payments only
Other dance classes, djembe, yoga (à 90 min.) 17 eur / class
Irimba intensive course (2 x 2h) 50 eur
West African rhythms intensive course (2 x 3h) 70 eur


until July 5th in the webshop:

– if you participate in at least 2 classes, –20 % discount with the code PRE2KRT
– if you participate in at least 6 classes, –30 % discount with the code PRE6KRT

from July 6th onwards in the webshop or at the Fest Afrika exhibition:

– if you participate in at least 2 classes, –10 % discount with the code ALE2KRT
– if you participate in at least 6 classes, –20 % discount with the code ALE6KRT

Note! When calculating the discounts, the irimba or West African rhythms intensive course is counted as one “class”.

These prices apply when paid in advance through the Holvi webshop or in cash at the Fest Afrika exhibition (no card payments). Please print a receipt of your payment!

If paid cash at the dance studio, the price for one class is 20 eur, no discounts apply. At Moyo cash payments are possible at the normal price, no discounts apply.


Somalia afternoon

Thursday, July 28th 2016
15 – 18 Main library Metso, music department

The program includes presentations (in Finnish!) on Somalian culture and live music. During the event, there are also Somalian objects and books by African authors on display.

In collaboration with Uulu / Encounters – Kohtaamisia project and Tampere City Library Also participating Finland Somalia Association and Pirkanmaa Somali Association.

Afro Nordic Network

Fest Afrika festival will host for the third 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 2014, a new Nordic collaboration project was started at Fest Afrika with the title “Nordic Cross Culture Music Camp – which way forward?” and in 2015 the project continued with the subtitle “A way forward!”

This third Nordic seminar continues working on the ideas of 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 theme “music education for all” encompasses more than just education for children and youth; we are also considering how to reach new audiences and offer them new ideas about African music, as well as how to develop our own skills for working in environments where African music is considered marginal.

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. The seminar is open to everyone interested in the topic.

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


Friday 29.7.2016
14–16.30 Tulppaanitalo (Pinninkatu 51)

14:00 Opening / Timo Järvenpää (Fest Afrika) & Elina Seye (Fest Afrika & Global Music Centre)

14:15 Afro Nordic Network

Menard Mponda (Fest Afrika): Review of Afro Nordic Network project

Cheick Bangoura (Fest Afrika Reykjavik, Iceland): Fest Afrika Reykjavik as a result of Afro Nordic Network project

Keld Hosbond (Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark): The value of intercultural communication

+ discussion

15:30 Music Education for All

Petra Käppi (Culture Cooperative Uulu, Finland): Irimba instrument development project in collaboration with the Zawose family in Tanzania

Karoliina Lehtinen & Menard Mponda: Afro Jam project in collaboration with Vimmart

Jackson Wahengwa (Denmark) & Tampere music teachers: Experiences of the Music Education for All Master Class

+ discussion

Other participants: Dr. Sakari Löytty (Finland), Albert Sölvi Óskarsson (Iceland), Atli Þór Kristinsson (Iceland), Sólveig Morávek Jóhannsdóttir (Iceland), Sindri Magnússon (Iceland), Valbjörn Snær Lilliendahl (Iceland), Pétur Daníel Pétursson (Iceland), Elvar Bragi Kristjónsson (Iceland), Marouf Majidi (Finland), Noël Saizonou (Benin), Petri Kautto (Finland), Kari Ikonen (Finland), Victor West Hosbond (Denmark), Carl West Hosbond (Denmark), Philip Akrofi (Denmark), Alexander Dutschke (Denmark), Malthe Jepsen (Denmark), Albert Gjørup Burchardt (Denmark), Richmond Lamptey (Denmark), Keld Hosbond (Denmark), Liina Aaltonen (Finland), Aki Lahnajoki (Finland), Sanna Passinmäki (Finland), Maco Oey (Finland)

Everyone interested is welcome to participate!

Pre-festival events

Friday, July 15th 2016

14 – 22, Laikunlava, Tampere

– Kaveri Special at 19
– open stage
– dance performances: KizombaFusion demo by Sini Marikki & Ville Laaksonen, Northern Light district duo

–  Free entry –

Saturday, July 23rd 2016

Korjaamo, Helsinki

Frankosun & The Family (FIN/BEN/CGO/MAW/BUR)
Bangoura band (ICE)
– DJs

tickets 12 €


“In a lion’s clothes”

July 18th – 31st 2016, Tullintori 2. floor

This year’s exhibition takes us to Dakar, Senegal, where the local lion dance performances called simb are still very popular especially among children, but the colourful tradition fascinates adults, too.

The lion dance perfomances combine music, dance and theatre, as well as striking costumes and painted face masks to a partly rehearsed and partly improvised spectacle, where the audience also plays a role. Sometimes the performances include even dangerous tricks such as fire-eating, dancing on broken glass or walking on hot ashes. However, the dance of the lions and the accompanying rhytms always have the leading part.

The exhibition consists of video and photos made by Karoliina Halsti-Ndiaye and Elina Seye. They present lion dance performances and their preparations, and of course also the lion dancers themselves and the acoompanying musicians. Furthermore, the exhibition includes Halsti-Ndiaye’s printed fabric designs that have been inspired by the costumes of the lion dancers.

The exhibition is part of a larger project on the Senegalese simb lion dance. The project has been supported by Niilo Helander foundation and Global Music Centre.

The exhibition is open from Tue 19.7. to Sat 30.7. on weekdays 11-17 and on Sat 11-16, Sun closed.

Free entry, welcome!

“Dreams from Africa”

25. – 30.7.2016, Tullintori 2nd floorshimelis_anne_heinonen1

“Soon I saw my sister. She was pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl. When she delivered my parents came back.” Christine, 19

Have you ever wanted to go deep in another person’s mind where dreams are born at night? Dreams from Africa exhibition brings eight dreams and dreamers into visible world. In the dreams people from different African countries help in a delivery, see humans turn into wild animals and search for lost president from a flying office. Did you see the same dream? Do you recognize the scenery which is described for you?

Dream collector Anne Heinonen has stayed a lot in Africa. She has worked at refugee settlements, lived in primate sanctuaries and spent huge amounts of time in local transport.

Exhibition has previously been held in Helsinki and Pori.
The exhibition is free and it’s open on Mon-Fri 11-17 and on Sat 11-16.

Collection of instruments

Fest Afrika ry starts this year an action to support cultural activities on the African continent. The organisation or project to be supported will change each year. This year we are organising a collection of secondhand musical instruments and appliances. We welcome all kinds of instruments, but especially acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitars, drums, drum sets, congas, amplifiers, loudspeakers, mixing devices etc. are needed.

The instruments and appliances will be transported and donated to Mkubwa na Wanawe Music Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which has been set up in 2010 in order to help, accomodate, support and educate musically gifted young people. The aim of the centre is for the youngsters to make use of their own talents and find employment in music industry and/or make a career in music as an artist. This will also help them stay away from drugs and prostitution. Yamoto Band who will perform at this year’s festival is a shining example of how the centre works.

During the festival period instruments and other appliances can be brought to the exhibition room of the festival on the 2nd floor of Tullintori shopping centre in Tampere from 18 July till 31st July (opening hours to be announced later). For other arrangements please contact us via email at info@festafrika.net. The collection will continue until the end of November 2016.

Traveling Village African Market

Friday, July 29th 2016

12 – 20 Tullikamarin aukio

Fest Afrika and the Tampere Flamenco Festival present, for the first time: Traveling Village Festival Market! The Pakkahuone Square will be turned into a joyful meeting place for differend cultures, providing food, market stalls, music and dance. The jam session is open for everyone, and includes influences from not only African but also Spanish music! Food will be on sale by La Negrita, Lentävä Matto and others.

Market tables are still available, contact for reservations: marita@festafrika.net