Benin International Musical & Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble
Traditional Beninese rhythms and a hot urban afrobeat take the spotlight as two top bands come together at Huvila Festival Tent.
The most interesting phenomenon in world music right now is Benin International Musical. At the heart of everything is the musical treasure trove of Benin: a pulsating mix of gospel, rock and urban funk and hip-hop developed from ancient voodoo dance rhythms. This conglomerate of musicians representing different genres plays swinging and imaginative afro groove at its finest.
Benin International Musical is much more than a band: supported by, for example, Rolling Stone and the European Broadcasting Union, the project includes a festival, education and exhibition activities and a documentary film in the making.
Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble is a pearl of Finnish-Beninese musical co-operation. The band was founded when musicians from Helsinki were travelling in Cotonou and met local singer and percussion virtuoso Noël Saïzonou. The band’s mix of afrobeat, fusion jazz and traditional voodoo rhythms has gained it a cult reputation at home and abroad.
Doors open at 5.30 pm, Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble starts at 7.30 pm and Benin International Musical at 9 pm.
Age limit: 18. Underage persons can attend the event if they are accompanied by their legal guardian.
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 festival hub and a unique cross between a concert hall and a traditional festival marquee. Designed by architect Roy Mänttäri, the tent has been erected by the Tokoinlahti bay every year since 1995. 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, Patti Smith, 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. Most concerts have free seating on a first-come, first-served basis.. 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 pre and post-concert. Catering is provided by Juuri Tapahtumat, owned by the culinary talents responsible for 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 daytime concerts and children’s events.
The performances start at 19–20 and finish no later than 22 on weekdays and 23 on weekends. Check the schedule on individual nights on the events pages.
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). Accompanying assistant addmitted without extra charge.
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 or R-kioski. The tickets can also be delivered to your home by post.
+358 (0)600 10 800 (€1.98/min+lnc) or +358 (0)600 10 020 (€6.79/call+lnc) (Monday–Saturday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sundays and holidays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
You can also book tickets by phone. The tickets can then be collected at a ticket outlet or R-kioski. 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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DELIVERY FEES In addition to the ticket price, delivery and payment method fees will be charged according to the customer’s choice.
Ticket bookings €2.50/ticket (paid upon ticket collection)
Collection of tickets booked online or by phone at R-kioski €5/ticket
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.
ACCESSIBLE SEATS Accessible seats are sold through Ticketmaster phone service and ticket outlets. Assistants to persons with reduced mobility have free admission to events. Assistants do need personal tickets, which can be requested when ordering an accessible seat.
TICKET SALES AT THE EVENT If there are tickets left to be sold at the event, event location ticket offices will be open for one hour before each event.
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