Side program

The side program of Fest Afrika consists of different exhibitions, films and events presenting African arts. Every year, there is also special program for kids and families, such as music, dance, songs, games or other activities in African style.

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:

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 (