Mali is one of Africa’s musical treasure troves, and Amadou & Mariam is one of its brightest pearls. The duo of singer Mariam Doumbia and guitarist-singer Amadou Bagayoko existed before they began their musical journey together: they met at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, got married in 1980 and started their band a few years later.
In the early days, the duo was known for minimalist blues, but as the decades have passed, they have added a range of other instruments, including electro beats and West-African ngoni harps. Produced by Manu Chao and released in 2006, the album Dimanche á Bamako was a return to more intimate expression, while their latest album, La Confusion, released last year, blends 80s synths and sounds as part of the duo’s irresistible swing.
The stage and audience warm-up act is the Finnish group Lailai. Founded by Helmi and Tuuli Saksala, this six-person band plays rhythm music with harmonic parts and Finnish lyrics.
Doors open at 5.30 pm, Lailai starts at 7 pm and Amadou & Mariam at 8.30 pm.
Address: Eläintarhantie 8, Tokoinranta
Important! Please dress appropriately. The tent is not fully wind proof and may be draughty.
The Huvila Festival Tent is the Helsinki Festival’s dedicated hub and a unique cross between a concert hall and a traditional festival marquee. Designed by architect Roy Mänttäri, the tent has been erected every year since 1995 at a variety of locations across the capital. The Huvila programme, encompassing everything from intimate concerts to riotous club nights, is a valuable addition to the city’s music scene. Huvila is particularly known for its strong world music offering and for providing an early platform to lesser-known artists. Past Huvila acts include Radiohead, Cesaria Evora, Marc Ribot, Laurie Anderson & Lou Reed, Wilco, Hugh Masekela and Yoko Ono & Thurston Moore.
As the name suggests, Huvila is a tent and the weather can sometimes lend its own special charm to the proceedings. Sounds from outside the tent can sometimes be heard during performances. Don’t forget to bring a warm layer, as the nights in August can be chilly. The Huvila season coincides with the end of the summer season and to make the most of it, there is usually dancing on most nights!
The tent comprises an atmospheric restaurant, the perfect place for enjoying the August nights post-concert. Catering is provided by Helsinki’s highly-acclaimed Juuri restaurant.
Events at the Huvila Festival Tent are for adults aged 18 and over. Younger guests can be admitted provided they are accompanied by a guardian. The age restriction does not apply to the daytime concert.
The performances start at 19.00 and finish no later than 22.00.
Accessibility Disabled parking: Disabled parking is available, however, please contact us in advance to make arrangements.
Disabled access: Ramped access at main entrance. Box office fully accessible.
Disabled toilet (please note that the toilet is not fitted with an alarm).
Wheelchair seating/event: 4 (more seating may be available depending on the nature of the show).
No induction loop.
Grounded outlet available in the seating area
Reception/Front of House of Manager: 050 441 6747 (Janne Tamminen).
Advance tickets for Helsinki Festival are sold by Ticketmaster Suomi. We recommend that you purchase tickets only from the official Helsinki Festival ticket vendor Ticketmaster.
www.ticketmaster.fi The online shop sells electronic eTickets that can be printed or shown on your mobile phone when entering the event. You can also book tickets online and collect them at a ticket outlet. The tickets can also be delivered to your home by post.
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You can also book tickets by phone. The tickets can then be collected at a ticket outlet. You can also order tickets that come with an invoice to be delivered to you by post no later than 30 days before the event.
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You can buy tickets and collect tickets booked online or by phone at ticket outlets.
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Ticket bookings €2.50/ticket (paid upon ticket collection)
THE MOST ECONOMIC WAY TO PURCHASE TICKETS Single tickets are cheapest when bought online (eTicket) or at a ticket outlet without a booking. Remember to take advantage of discounts that cover almost the entire Helsinki Festival programme. NB! Discounts cannot be combined.
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