World Village decorations.
Photo: Camilla Hanhirova

Information

World Village Festival is Finland’s leading event for global action for the whole family, an admission free cultural festival, a food carnival and a trade fair for sustainable development. World Village raises global challenges and solutions, increases people’s understanding and provides concrete ways to take action to create change. World Village brings people together, because only together we can change the world.

World Village Festival has been organized since 1995 and gathers around 60–70 000 people yearly. The main organizer is Finnish Development NGOs Fingo, which is an umbrella organization for approximately 270 development organizations. The main partners of the festival 2022 are the Helsinki Federation of Parishes, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the European Commission Representation in Finland, the European Parliament Liaison Office in Finland and the Maailman Kuvalehti magazine.

Read more about the festival’s history.

Theme for 2023 Festival: Force for Change!

It is difficult to change the world on your own, but together we can do it. Together we are a force for change.

Inequalities and injustices are increasing. Human rights are being violated and restrictions are being placed on free civil society actors. The challenge posed by climate change to humanity is growing bigger every day. 

It will take all of us to reverse the unsustainable course that our planet is on − to eradicate inequalities and discrimination and to build the kind of future that we want to see. We believe that we can do it, but only as a united force acting together.

The World Village Festival will bring individuals and communities interested in the Earth’s future together for solutions and actions in May 2023. Join in to change the world and to create a collective force for change!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the festival have an admission fee?

No. Entrance to the festival area is free.

Does the festival have an age limit?

Most of the festival’s programme is open to everyone regardless of age.

Where should I enquire about lost property?

The festival’s lost and found is located near the entrances. After the festival ends, lost property is delivered to Lost & Found International.

Is the festival accessible?

The entire festival area is barrier-free and open to all. You can read more about the accessibility information of the different locations on their own websites:

Does the festival account for its carbon footprint?

Yes. Read more about the festival’s environmental work and carbon footprint on the Environment page. The page also includes some environmental tips for festival visitors.

Who organises the festival?

The festival is hosted by Fingo ry, an umbrella organisation for 300 CSOs and an expert organisation in the field of development. Fingo is funded through the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ development cooperation appropriations.

The main partners of the festival are the Helsinki Federation of Parishes, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the European Commission Representation in Finland, the European Parliament Liaison Office in Finland and the Maailman Kuvalehti magazine.

People at the concert of Les Amazones d'Afrique.

For a more sustainable and just world

World Village Festival is a sustainable development event open for all. Festival is organized by Fingo, so that life would be better – for everyone.

Photo: Camilla Hanhirova