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 2018 dates

Mark you calendars – here are next year’s festival dates! Fest Afrika Winter Jam will take place on Saturday, March 3rd 2018 at Klubi/Tampere and the summer festival week will be on the first week of July = 2-8 July 2018.

Fest Afrika week has started, join us before it’s too late!

Fest Afrika in the media

Fest Afrika has been getting media attention already in advance. Below an article by Maailman kuvalehti (in Finnish). On the internet, you can listen to the festival’s artistic director Menard Mponda’s interview on Bassoradio’s Boom Shakalaka show (in English, starting at about 34 min.) as well as YLE’s Harri Tuomisen maailmanmusiikkiohjelma (in Finnish), where this year’s Fest Afrika program is also presented. Both radio shows include music by festival artists and other nice music, too!