Programme highlights:

ChocQuibTown (COL) – Three MCs mixing African, Latin American and modern electronic influences into their hip hop funk.

A Moving Sound (TPE) – Traditional Chinese elements interwoven with modern experimental pop. A perfect blend of the Far East meets alternative West.

Valravn (DEN / ECU / FRO / SUI) – Moody Nordic folk music and modern electronics.

Sat 29 & Sun 30 May
Kaisaniemi park, Helsinki

THIS year’s World Village Festival is hotter than ever, serving up sizzling global beats and a fascinating cultural programme. The annual Helsinki happening organised by KEPA, the Service Centre for Development Cooperation, once again features a wide variety of events taking place on six stages, in several theme villages and inside the Market of Possibilities tent for NGOs. The musical line-up gathers artists from around the world. And don’t miss Mad Juana (featuring Sami Yaffa of New York Dolls fame) and their unique cross-cultural, eclectic sound – guaranteed to get the crowd bouncing.

At the end of the day the clubs heat up, this year produced in cooperation with Helsinki beat peddlers Funky Elephant and Balkan Fever. Hitting the stage at Virgin Oil Company on Saturday will be the rhythm’n’blues of The Dynamites feat. Charlie Walker (USA), funk renaissance band The Soul Investigators and the Brazilian-Afrobeat-ska-humppa of Helsinki-based Maria Gasolina. Sunday night the club presents the Balkan Gypsy rhythms of Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha and the explosive folklore show of Orkestar Bordurka .

The day-time events at Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square are free, but the clubs do charge entrance. A weekend of stimulating ideas and new beats from around the globe are on their way as the World Village Festival brings it back to town.

Robin DeWan