Fest Afrika 2017

Freedom of speech (Finland 100) / Pirfest

As part of Finland’s 100 year celebrations, Pirfest the association of festivals in the Pirkanmaa region, launched a series of videos representing the member festivals and their views on the freedom of speech in Finland. The video about Fest Afrika and the 2017 festival theme “Voices to be heard” emphasizes the importance of also minorities having their voices heard in Finnish society.

Video production: Reunamedia (Sami Lindfors, Ida Tokola, Ilana Pantzar, Miikka Varila)

Sananvapauden tarina artwork in the intro: Ville Färsaaret

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble – Djigbo (N. Saizonou)
Malang Cissokho – Simbo
Afrotysonia – No more


Fest Afrika @ Metso / Fest Afrika Kids

FEST AFRIKA 2017 Fest Afrika @ Metso


FEST AFRIKA 2017 Wednesday / Telakka


FEST AFRIKA 2017 Thursday / Klubi


FEST AFRIKA 2017 Friday / Klubi


FEST AFRIKA 2017 Saturday / Klubi


FEST AFRIKA 2017 Workshops


Main Program

Monday, July 3rd 2017

Festival opening @ Koskikeskus

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

20–02 @ Telakka
Afro Kantele Night

Malang Cissokho (SN)

Afrotysonia (FI | SN)


Tickets: 10€ from the door.

Thursday, July 6th 2017

20–04 @ Klubi
Black Poetry Night, host: Roger Robinson


Zena Edwards (UK)

Vanessa Kisuule (UK)

Solomon OB (UK)

Yomi Sode (UK)


Liput: 10€ / door only.

Friday, July 7th 2017

20–04 @ Klubi
Legendary Night


Roger Robinson’s Dub Poetry Show


Damily (MG)


Tickets: 19,50€ Tiketti / 22€ at the door (FRI + SAT tickets 35€ from Tiketti!)

Saturday, July 8th 2017

20–04 @ Klubi
Finland & Afro Generation Night


Alexander D. Great (TT) – Flash Intro

Noël Saïzonou & Janne Halonen with Tampere music teachers (BJ | FI)

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble (BJ | FI)

Galaxy (SN | FI)


Tickets: 19,50€ Tiketti / 22€ at the door (FRI + SAT tickets 35€ from Tiketti!)

Fest Afrika DJ’s are Dj Cliff, Fidelis & Magic Sam


Mon 3.7.2017

14.00 – 18.00 Ngoma drum-making course / Menard Mponda

Tue 4.7.2017

14.00 – 19.00 Ngoma drum-making course / Menard Mponda

Wed 5.7.2017

18.00 – 19.00 Park afro / Cheza Ngoma dancers

Thu 6.7.2017

17.00 – 18.30 West African dance / Annina Tuhkunen – FULL!

18.30 – 20.00 Contemporary afro / Annina Tuhkunen

Fri 7.7.2017

17.00 – 18.30 Afrobeats / Laura Laiapea

17.30 – 19.00 Djembe (drumming) / Cheick Bangoura – cancelled!

18.30 – 20.00 Afrohouse / Laura Laiapea

Sat 8.7.2017

12.00 – 14.00 Irimba / Petra Käppi – FULL!

13.00 – 15.00 Doundoun dance / Abdoulaye Condé – FULL!

15.00 – 16.30 Guinean dance / Sointu Condé

16.30 – 18.00 Afro Caribbean Party with Champeta / Aino Hujanen

Sun 9.7.2017

12.00 – 14.00 Irimba / Petra Käppi – FULL!

13.00 – 15.00 Doundoun dance / Abdoulaye Condé – FULL!

15.00 – 16.30 Guinean dance + stretching / Sointu Condé


Dance classes: Salsa School Vanha Havanna, Tullintori Mall, 2. floor, Tullikatu 6


Ngoma drum-making course Haihara manor yard, Haiharankatu 30

Park afro: Sorsapuisto (will not take place if it rains!)

Irimba: Cultural Center Uulu, Erkkilänkatu 11, entrance C from Peltokatu, 4. floor

Additional info and enrollment

These workshops are directed mainly at adults, also youth can participate according to their skill level. Changes to the program possible!

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

Enrollments, instructions for payment and additional info for the drum-making course from Maritalta: marita@festafrika.net

Enrollments, instructions for payment and additional info for the irimba course from Petra: petra@uulu.fi


Doundoun dance (à 2 h) 23 eur / class

Other dance classes (à 90 min.) 18 eur / class

Park afro (60 min.) 5 eur – only cash payments on the spot!

Ngoma drum-making course (2 days, includes materials) 150 eur

Irimba course (2 x 2 h) 50 eur


Discounts apply only to the dance classes at Vanha Havanna and the djembe class!

until 5.6. in the webstore:

– advance discount –20 % of all classes with the code TOUKOALE

from 6.6. in the webstore:

– 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

If you pay during the festival week, please print a receipt of your payment.

If paid cash on the spot, the price for one class is 20 eur (doundoun dance 25 eur), no discounts apply.

Fest Afrika @ Metso

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

14 – 17 Main library Metso, music department

The event will present the festival theme “Voices to be Heard” and the research project “The History of African Musicians in Finland” through short presentations, interviews and musical performances. Speakers/performers: Menard Mponda (Fest Afrika), Elina Seye (Global Music Centre) and musicians Malang Cissokho and Ismaila Sané.

Free entry, welcome!

Afroeuropeans Conference

Fest Afrika collaborates this year with the international Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe conference that takes place at the University of Tampere 6 – 8 July 2017.

The conference program includes also sessions on African and African-derived musics in Europe. To participate at the conference, you have to register and pay the conference fee (50 €) by June 8th. Check the conference website for details and instructions for registration.

Fest Afrika Kids

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

14 – 17 Main library Metso, gallery floor

starting at 14 (non-stop) Handicrafts workshop with recycled materials 

At the workshop we will make flowers out of colourful plastic bags. You can keep your own flowers or give them for decorating the festival market. You can bring old plastic bags with you (holes don’t matter), but there will be materials available. The workshop is lead by artist-musician Macoumba Ndiaye.

14.30 & 15.15 Fairytale composition: Chiwele and the giant (in Finnish)

Chiwele and the giant is a traditional fairytale from East Africa. During the adventure, children will have the chance to try out different African instruments and to sing and dance. At the same time we will find out, how the clever Chiwele and his grandmother are able to fool the scary giant that lives in the forest.

The fairytale composition is led by Petra Käppi, duration about 30 min., max 25 children per performance

16.30 Music and dance perfomance in East African style by pupils and teachers of Tammerkoski and Hatanpää high school


Ismaila Sané’s biographic exhibition “Manj anaw – Know the Human – Tunne ihminen”

12.6. – 9.7.2017 Main library Metso, music department

World music artist, percussionist, singer and dancer-choreographer originally from Senegal, Ismaila Sané, celbrated his 60th birthday last year. In fall 2016, a retrospective exhibition on Sané’s life was put together, and now it can be seen also in Tampere. The life and career of the artist known from the bands Piirpauke, Saïsba, Senfi and Galaxy is presented through photos, music and newspaper clippings.

Ismaila Sané is known as an expert of the djembe and bougarabou among other things. He has had a long international career starting from 1974 in Dakar, Senegal, when he was a percussionist and solo dancer in Ballets Bougarabou. He has received many awards, e.g. the prize of the Cultural Foundation of Kalevala Koru and the Suomi prize by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture as member of the group Galaxy. He has also received the artist pension of the state of Finland starting in 2017.

The exhibition has been produced by the department of culture of Lempäälä community, Etnosoi! festival and Senfi Production. The exhibition was put together by Ismaila Sané, Piela Auvinen and Outi Sané. The Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Pirkanmaa fund has supported the planning of the exhibition.

More info, press materials, requests relating to the exhibition: info@senfi.com

Festival Market

Friday, July 7th and Saturday, July 8th 2017

12–21 @ Tullikamarin aukio

Fest Afrika festival market will be a joyful meeting place for anyone interested in African cultures, beautiful things and good food! There will be some program, too.

  • African arts and crafts for sale (clothes, fabrics, jewelry, instruments)
  • Food and live programme!
  • Children’s tent

Sellers, reserve your spot by June 5th with this online form!

More info from Marita (firstname@festafrika.net)