Fest Afrika 2019

Fest Afrika 2019 has started!

Fest Afrika 2019 started with a fire dance workshop which culminated in a great fire show at Ratina shopping centre! This is the last moment to enrol yourself in on one of the dance workshops and buy the tickets to the weekend concerts. Don’t forget to come and see the dance show at Laikunlava and join the kickoff party at Jerun piilopaikka on Thursday – both free of charge. See you at the festival!




Main Program

Tuesday 2.7.2019

20.00 Fire dance performance by Sisi Majitu and fire dance workshop participants @ Ratina shopping center, Olympia square

Fest Afrika van and festival team present from 14 to 20

Thursday 4.7.2019

African dance performances @ Laikunlava – organized by city of Tampere park concerts!

18.00 West African dance and music group Jamora
18.30 Dance and drumming group  Cheza Ngoma

Fest Afrika Kick-off party @ Pub Jerun Piilopaikka

starting at 21, performances by the Mpondas Family Band & Cheza Ngoma + DJs Luface, Diddy and George MTV

Free entrance


Friday 5.7.2019 @ Olympia Quarter

21 Doors open, DJs Fidelis, George MTV and Juhani

22 Mama Africa Junior (Senegal)

23 Sofy (Zambia/DRC)

00.30 Makadem (Kenya)

Tickets from Tiketti (13,50€, together with Saturday 27,50€). At the door (if available) 15€.


Saturday 6.7.2019 @ Olympia Quarter

21 Doors, DJs Nestar, Fidelis, Edward Mtafungwa and George MTV

22 Shameless Shongololo Band (Finland/South Africa)

23 Assane Gaye (Senegal)

00.30 Abaneko and the band (Tanzania)

Tickets from Tiketti (16,50€, together with Friday 27,50€). At the door (if available) 18€.


Mon 1.7.2019

17.30 – 19.30 Fire dance workshop / Sisi Majitu

Tue 2.7.2019

17.30 – 20.00 Fire dance workshop / Sisi Majitu

Wed 3.7.2019 no workshops

Thu 4.7.2019

17.00 – 18.00 Afrohouse / Milja

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19.00 – 20.30 Senegalese sabar dance / Elina CANCELLED

Fri 5.7.2019

16.30 – 18.00 Tanzanian songs / Abeneko

17.00 – 18.30 Azonto / Cappuccino

18.30 – 20.00 Tanzanian dances (live accompaniment) / Abeneko

Sat 6.7.2019

13.00 – 14.30 Kora playing workshop / Cheick

14.00 – 15.30 Afrofusion without confusion / Abeneko

15.30 – 17.00 Coupé décalé / Papson

17.00 – 18.30 West African dances (live accompaniment) / Papson

Sun 7.7.2019

13.00 – 14.30 Kora playing workshop / Cheick

13.00 – 14.30 Coupé décalé / Papson

15.00 – 16.00 Yoga & kora / Teija & Cheick


Dance classes and song workshop: Dance studio Razzmatazz, Aleksis Kiven katu 18 B, 4th floor

Kora workshop and yoga special: Kehräämö, Finlaysoninkuja 9, with the elevator to 4. floor (4B). From Lidl through TWO gateways, the door in the left corner!

Fire dance workshop: Ratinanniemi

Additional info and enrollment

These workshops are directed mainly at adults, also youth can participate according to their skill level.

Enquiries to Elina: elina (at) festafrika.net, puh. 040-5063905
Enrollment and payments (except yoga) in Holvi webshop
Reserve your place for the yoga class in advance here


Dance classes with live accompaniment (90 min.) 25 eur / class
Afrohouse dance class (60 min.) 15 eur
Other dance classes, Tanzanian songs (90 min.) 20 eur / class
Yoga & kora (60 min.) 10 eur – cash payment at Kehräämö!

If you participate in at least 3 dance classes (also song workshop counts), you can get a –10 % discount in the Holvi webshop with the code ALE3KRT

Dance pass (includes all dance classes except the fire dance workshop) 100 eur – only available in advance in the Holvi webshop until 25 June!

Fire dance workshop (2 days) 45 eur

Kora playing workshop (2 days) 50 eur

For the fire dance workshop and kora playing workshop advance enrollment obligatory, no discounts, not included in the dance pass.

Festival Market

Friday, July 5th & Saturday, July 7th 2019 12–19 @ Tullinaukio

Fest Afrika festival market will be a joyful meeting place for anyone interested in African cultures, beautiful things and good food! Also the traditional open stage event will take place at the market – and there will be program for kids on both days!

There are arts and crafts as well as fabrics, jewelry and textiles for sale from Western and Eastern Africa. The food on sale is also both from Eastern and Western parts of the continent.Some of the organizations present are

– Power Minds Youth Organization / Arts and crafts from Uganda

-COCOCO / Handicrafts from Eastern and Western Africa

-Mahmudan Tulevaisuus ry / Clothes and Fabrics

-Empowering Young Women in Uganda, ADRA / Products made of wax print fabric

-Housemouse / Basket and textile products from Western Africa

-Shadeshares / Wooden sunglasses produced at the SOS children’s village in Kenya

-Äetsän Seudun Kehitysmaaseura ry / Handicrafts, jewelry, clothes, tea, instruments etc


Also present:

– Euroopan kulttuuripääkaupunki -hanke

– Kapua ry

-Yes for Adolescent Sexual Health YASH ry


Children’s program

There is a children’s tent with different activities, including a non-stop jewelry workshop with the Tanzanian artist Neema Mjengwa, on both days. In addition, on Saturday there is special program for children.

SAMI’S SAMBA WORKSHOP Saturday 6th July 12:00hes to 12:50hrs

This is a workshop both for children and parents. Ona a journey to Brazil and Africa, the participants will get to know the Afro-Brazilian rhythms by clapping, playing and stepping together. After one hour you will feel refreshed because playing together is fun! Welcome! You can bring your shy mum or dad if you want. Own instruments not needed but welcome!

TUTU CHILDREN’S CONCERT  Saturday 6th July  13:00hrs to 13:50hrs

The band Tutu will take children and child-minded on a trip to different parts of the world. The stories are exiting and even funny if you listen carefully. The audience will be taken aboard on the trip so you need to take energy and a magic drink in your bag with you. Let’s go, and take your mum, dad and grandparents along!

Open stage

There will be an open stage on the market with all kinds of exiting dance and music performances.

Open stage program

Friday 5th July

15-16 Face to Face – music from Benin

16.15-16.30 Antti Matias – afropop songs

16.40 – 17.30 Obi Phrase & the Ripsta Culture Band – reggae, dancehall and meringue 

18.00 Los Timberos Rueda Show / Salsa House Peruttu!


Saturday 6th July

12.-12.50 Sami’s Samba workshop for children – and parents! (More information above.)

13.-13.50 Tutu children’s concert (More information above.)

15.-15.30 Capoeira show – Afro-Brazilian martial arts show

15.30-16.30 Face to Face – music from Benin

17.00-17.15 Soca performance – Afro-Caribbean dance

17.15-18.15 A. Brinkmann & J. Engman  – a Finnish-South African duo playing music from Mali and South Africa.


If you would like to perform on the open stage at the festival market on Friday 5.7 or Saturday 6.7, please contact Minna (minna.mustakangas (at) gmail.com) and tell what kind of a performance would you like to offer and which day would suit you better. Best suited for the market are performances that do not need amplification or only needs simple equipment (e.g. for playing background music).