Funky Elephant 20

The Funky Elephant Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary on 3-6.4.2014. The headliners include Omar Soyleyman (SYR), Ebo Taylor (GHA), Tuomo (FIN) and many more. The festival will also feature street dance and circus performances, films, art installations, interactive visuals, Ghanaian food culture…

Festival Arena

The savannah of the Funky Elephant Festival is The Circus, a versatile event center in Kamppi, Helsinki with a capacity of up to 1500 people. With its extended setup and innovatively utilized spaces, there will be three different stages and a top-notch frames for a diverse festival experience. The closing party of the festival with films and live music will celebrated in mbar on Sunday, located conveniently just a couple of hundred meters away from the main venue. The Funky Elephant’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition, including posters and art, is also present in mbar between the 28th of February and the 6th of April.

The Circus, Salomonkatu 1 – 3, 00100 Helsinki >>
mbar Mannerheimintie 22-24, 00100 Helsinki >>

Tram stop: Lasipalatsi
Metro & bus stop: Rautatientori/Kamppi

Contact Info

Programme & artistic issues:
Joonas Kervinen & Sami Mannerheimo

Festival director and producer:
Sami Mannerheimo
etunimi (ät)
+358 50 4400 209

Technical producer:
Jere Heinonen
etunimi (ät)
+358 50 564 7730

Content management and consulting:
Joonas Kervinen
etunimi (ät)
+358 400 748 928

Social media:
Justus Laitinen
justuslaitinen1 (ät)

Graphical design:
Aleksi Ahjopalo & Bruno Maximus
Kirmo Kivelä (web)

Funky Amigos ry (non-profit association)
Kaasutehtaankatu 1, 00540 Helsinki, Finland
International VAT: FI15732255

What is the Funky Elephant Festival?

The Funky Elephant Festival showcases the present state and current phenomenon of both local and global funky rhythm music. Genres like funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae, afrobeat, world music are the essence of the festival, but we love all music. For us ‘funky’ describes all this music (instead of just ‘funk’) and we hope to push that ideology forward in our events. We both give opportunities for rising local names and bring in international stars.

Over the years the festival has hosted and promoted many major players in the Finnish scene, like Paleface, Jätkäjätkät, Don Johnson Big Band, Jukka Poika and many more. There have also been numerous international acts including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Tony Allen, Joe Bataan, Roy Ayers, Bonobo, The Coup and  other stars of contemporary rhythm music.