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World Village Festival Draws Crowds

Trumpeted as Finland's largest multi-cultural event, Helsinki's two-day World Village Festival drew an estimated 70,000-80,000 people over the weekend.

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A festival spokesman said that organisers were pleased with the turnout and didn't believe that chilly weekend weather affected attendance at the free event.

The World Village Festival, now in its 12th year, featured nearly 50 international musical artists. According to organizers, the biggest draw was performances by the Senegalese afro-hop pioneer Daara J Family. Also New York's Hazmat Modine, Jimi Tenor and the Nigerian afrobeat drummer Tony Allen were among the crowd's favourites.

The factual programme during the two days included events focused on issues including volunteer action and popular uprisings in Arab countries. The event also marked the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International with Finnish performers Paleface and Paula Vesala.

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