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).


photo: Mikael Mattila