Dream stories

Fest Afrika supports as this year’s good cause the project “Dream stories – a trip from Finland to Gambia” by Marjo Smolander, Sini Suomi and the association Apu-Paku ry. The idea of the project is to drive a small van to the village of Pakau Penku in the Gambia where it will stay to serve in public transportation. On the way, while driving through Europe and a few African countries, Marjo and Sini will collect dreams that the people they meet have in the form of photos, sounds and videos. We will get some tasters of them already during the coming festival, although the trip continues in the autumn.

Through the Mesenaatti page you can donate a small – or bigger – sum of money to support the project. On the Unelmatarinoita Facebook page and blog  you can find more information about the project and on the Apu-Paku Facebook page and website you can read about the village of Pakau Penku and the activities of Apu-Paku ry there. Most of the texts are in Finnish, unfortunately, but Apu-Paku’s website has also some info in English.

 


Fest Afrika 2017 is approaching!

Just a reminder for everyone that Fest Afrika 2017 will take place in the first week of July, because we are collaborating with the Afroeuropeans 2017 conference taking place at the University of Tampere on the same week. The main concerts will be happening on Friday, July 7th and Saturday, July 8th at Klubi/Tampere. All the info about the festival program will be updated here on the Fest Afrika website and on our Facebook page as soon as we have confirmed the artists.

 


Winter Jam with Yamoto Band this weekend!

Yamoto Band has arrived straight from Tanzania for the first time to Finland, and they will be the main act of Fest Afrika Winter Jam 2017! These young musicians will bring you the best of afrobeat & bongo flava this Saturday, January 28th at Klubi! The night to be remembered!!

PROGRAM:

21-04 FEST AFRIKA WINTER JAM / Klubi

24.00 YAMOTO BAND (TZN)
22.30 RAWBEENA & BAND (FIN/KEN)
+ DJ Cliff & DJ Nestar

Advance tickets from Tiketti 16,50 €, at the door 20 €

SIDE PROGRAM:

You can start your Saturday with a brunch with afro wibes at Klubi, where they serve their buffet brunch at 11-14. The students and teachers of Tammerkoski and Hatanpää high schools will be performing some African music and dance to keep everyone entertained!

Brunch price 11,90 €, students -20%

WORKSHOPS by Yamoto Band & Chambusso:

Sat 18-19 Afrobeats (dance)
Sun 14-15 Tanzanian rhythms (drum)
Sun 15-16 Tanzanian dances
Sun 16-17 Afrobeats (dance)

Saturday workshop at Tammerkoski school house, Rautatienkatu 3-5
Sunday workshops at Flamencoyhdistys, Pirkankatu 1 (entrance from Mariankatu)

Prices: 1x (60 min.) 15 €, 2x 25 €, 3x 35 €, 4x 45 €

Enrollment: elina@festafrika.net or tel. 040-5063905


Fest Afrika 2016 after movie

Fest Afrika wishes everyone Happy New Year with the sounds and images of the 2016 festival! Welcome to join our events in 2017!


Fest Afrika Winter Jam 2017

Fest Afrika Winter Jam is approaching! Winter Jam will be celebrated as usual at Klubi / Tampere on Saturday, January 28th 2017. The main act will be confirmed soon, but even the warm-up makes the event worth attending: Rawbeena, or Sylvia Barasa, originally from Kenya, will charm the audience with her happy dance music.


Fest Afrika 2017 / Afroeuropeans conference

Although the 2016 festival is still on it’s way, some info about next year… Fest Afrika 2017 will exceptionally take place in early July, 3. – 9.7.2017 to be exact, because the festival’s main collaborator will be the international “Afroeuropeans – Black Cultures and Identities in Europe” conference that Tampere University is hosting. About 200 people are expected to attend the conference from all over the world.

The Afroeuropeans conference always includes also some program with arts and literature in addition to presentations of current research projects, and in Tampere music and dance will play a central part with the Fest Afrika festival program.


Program change: Yamoto Band cancels, Total Hip Replacement stands in

Because of visa problems unrelated to Fest Afrika, Yamoto Band is forced to cancel their Friday night concert at Pakkahuone. The band will be stood in by the Danish afro funk quintet Total Hip Replacement, originally scheduled to perform on Thursday. Yamoto Band will perform in some of the incoming Fest Afrika events, which will be informed about later!