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World Village Festival

Maailma kylässä (World Village Festival) is among the biggest festivals in Northern Europe. Cultures from all over the world meet in the centre of Helsinki in Finland. The festival offers new perspectives on global issues and multiculturalism, as well as music, circus, dance, theatre, art and a mix of food from around the world. The festival gathers each year 60-80.000 visitors during the last weekend of May. The admission to the event and all arrangements is free of charge. The festival is organised by the NGO platform Kepa.

I was asked to cover the atmosphere of this unique festival. These event photos were supported by The Nordic Culture Fund.

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Meeting friends

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Bistro Garden

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Yurt power

At the World Village festival Oddo & Tuhkanen invited all festival visitors to their cozy yurt at Kaisaniemi Park. Guests were invited to bring plant seeds and acoustic instruments.

Egle Oddo and Timo Tuhkanen are two artists who tackle current issues, such as social and economic inequality, through their environmental and experimental art installations. Oddo is now known for fusing together different forms of visual art, and Tuhkanen is a composer and poet. The installation highlights the system's faults with regard to nature and food production. The waste of growth resources is a result of cabinet politics – a world where trade agreements are forged behind closed doors and money trumps the basic rights of workers, animals and nature.

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The Land Singing

Oddo creates interactions by making music with handmade instrument which fusions music by the power of plants and vibrations.

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Making music with plants

Egle Oddo performs with plants and strings creating a unique soundtrack.

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Creating sound with plants

A flat piece of wood was mounted with strings, and plants were placed on the board. Visitors were able to stroke the strings with a violin bow creating sound in harmony with the plants.

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