Theme for 2023 Festival: Force for Change! – Call for programme submissions is now open

Next year’s World Village Festival takes place on 27–28 May in Suvilahti, Helsinki. The theme for the festival is Force for Change! Call for programme submissions is now open and exhibitor schedules have been published. 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. 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 word and to create a collective force for change!

Open call!

Programme application period is open for organizations who wish to produce programme numbers linked to the festival theme. The factual programme application is for speeches, interviews, films and discussions related to these programme numbers. Applications can be submitted until 28 November 2022. Organizations can also suggest kids’ programme, exhibitions, workshops, performances and other cultural programme numbers that are linked to the festival theme. Applications can be submitted until 15 January 2023. Read more.

How to produce unique talks and discussions programme – sparring for those interested in World Village Festival talks and discussions programme available on 1 November 2022

Those interested in producing talks and discussions programme for the festival are invited to take part in a sparring event on Tuesday 1 November from 9.30 to 11.00 in the training space of the Fingo office (Lintulahdenkuja 10) and on Teams. The event will feature World Village Festival Programme Manager Johanna Eurakoski providing information about the festival’s talks and discussions programme concept and Public Speaking Coach Kaisa Osola providing inspiration on how to produce unique talks and discussions programme content. The language of the event is Finnish. Sign up by Friday, 28 October.

Start planning your participation at the trade fair

World Village is a large-scale event focused on sustainable development and global topics. The pricing for exhibitors will be published in the end of October. The signup form for becoming an exhibitor opens in November 2022 and closes on 22 February 2023. Keep in mind the Early Bird -discount for those who sign up by 22 December 2022! Read more.

Festival content online

More information
Programme: Johanna Eurakoski,, +358 50 317 6696
Exhibitors: Maria Hopponen,, +358 50 317 6742
Cooperation: Marjo Martin,, +358 50 317 6694
Communications: Nelli Korpi,, +358 50 317 6698

World Village Festival is Finland’s leading event for global action for the whole family, an admission free cultural festival, and a trade fair for sustainable development. The event will be organized in Suvilahti Event Area, Helsinki 27.–28.5.2023 with Force for Change! as the theme. The main organizer is Finnish Development NGOs Fingo.