Elephantasy

The most elephantastic picnic of the year…

One of the annual highlights of summer in Helsinki, the urban festival Elephantasy – Funky Family Picnic will be organized on Saturday, July 9th in 2022 as part of the Alppipuiston kesä summer event series. Free entry and no age limit, so families are always most warmly welcome!

Elephantasy, celebrating diversity in rhythm music and cultures, has brought you unique live shows on two stages, dance, workshops, world street food and a children’s area with activities to the idyllic Alppipuisto park in Helsinki already 12 times altogether. It couldn’t be a better opportunity to enjoy a picnic and a beautiful day in the most adorable and atmospheric park of the city!

ELEPHANTASY – FUNKY FAMILY PICNIC 2022
SAT July 9th, 2022 @ Alppipuisto, Helsinki (address: Viipurinkatu–Tivolitie)
14-22 hs with Children’s area open between 14-19 hs
Free entry, no age limit! Fully accessible.

LIVE PROGRAMME:

Dashing Waves
Punomo
Emjoy Reggae Band
Julye Blom
+ many more! (TBA)

Circus Johku
Fabio Pires’ street art workshop


Photos from the festival in July 2021:

Scenes and flashbacks from Elephantasy 2019:

Arrival

Alppipuisto is located in Alppila district of Helsinki, next to the Linnanmäki amusement park, which is easily accessible from all directions and only 1,5 kilometers walk away from Pasila. We recommend arriving by walking, bike or public transportation with “Alppipuisto” defined as the destination. There are no parking lots available close to the park and the use of service vehicles is permitted only if scheduled in advance.

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Covid-19 safety

Your safety is a priority and we continue to follow the current Covid-19 procedures, if applicable.

Even though we have been able to return to the normal cultural life, please only come to the event if you feel healthy! If you need, you can ask for face masks, hand sanitizers and other protective material, such as hygienic tissues, at our Info tent. There are also several hand washing points in the event area, so please take responsibility of your hygiene.

Read more about the Covid-19 restrictions and recommendations in Helsinki district >>

Keeping Alppipuisto tidy and beautiful, together!

Let’s keep the park clean together, so we would truly appreciate if you won’t leave any crap behind but take them to the bins in order to help us clean up the area after the event. Thank you so much! =) You can ask for plastic bags for your garbage at our Info desk. When each one of us does their part, it’s a very small effort personally but so valuable in the bigger picture!

Please do not fill the trash bins in the area excessively, if you stay longer in the event or in the park! The birds will otherwise spread the dirt all over during the night. Let’s make sure all together that the lovely Alppipuisto park will stay as the most idyllic park of Helsinki and we can organize events in the future there!

Children

Kids are always warmly welcomed at Elephantasy, where they and their parents will have an area of their own to enjoy with different activities! Please keep a close look after your children in the multitude in order to prevent getting lost. There are some dangerous areas in the park for wandering small kids. These include the pond (which is not a playground) and the cliffs above. In a critical situation, please contact the staff which you can always find at the Info tent.

What to bring along?

You are allowed to bring your own picnic food and drinks, but it is also possible to buy world food treats from the vendors in the area (no alcohol beverages).

Remember to drink enough water in the heat of the sun! We recommend you to bring at least a blanket and a water bottle, which can be filled in the area: either at the hydrant located behind the main stage or on one of the water points, where you can also wash your hands. It’s a good idea to bring a sanitizer of your own, even though it’s also available in the area for example at the Info tent.


Circus Johku

Kuten aina ennenkin, Elephantasy-yleisöä viihdyttää, opettaa ja inspiroi tänäkin kesänä turkulainen Circus Johku joukkoineen. Esitysten ohella he vetävät näillä näkymin myös ainakin lasten akrobatiatyöpajan sekä akrojoogatyöpajan sekä vasta-alkajille että hieman kokeneemmille.

Circus Johkusta on muodostunut vuosien saatossa olennainen osa koko tapahtumaa ja hän onkin vakioesiintyjä Elephantasyssa maailmanluokan vieraineen. Ryhmä on mukana aktiivisesti pyörittämässä turkulaista Circus Lounge -taidetilaa taiteelle ja liikkuville taiteilijoille.

Lue lisää Circus Loungesta (circuslounge.fi) >>


Funky Amigos dj’s

For the first hour of Elephantasy as well as between the live shows, when nobody is live on stage, the almighty Funky Amigos DJ’s will be entertaining you with the grooviest tracks around! You might had enjoyed them earlier on many other parties as well as on the weekly black rhythm music special programme Elefanttiradio on Radio Majava.


Children’s Area & Workshops

The Children’s Area of Elephantasy is the place to be for the smallest stompers offering activities and other interests! The programme, field games and all the fun will easily keep the youngest ones busy all the way until early evening (around 7 pm). Because of the area dedicated solely to children (accompanied by an adult), Elephantasy has been favored by families for years!

All the workshops for adults are organized in the same area of the park, because many of these can be attended also by kids and youth!

Details to be announced later on.

WORKSHOPS

Acrobatic workshop for kids

Conducted by Circus Johku, the circus workshop starts easily by warming up and learning the basics of acrobatics but will eventually culminate into the collective physical final performance performed together. Johanna kellomäki has graduated as a dancer in 2007 and as a circus artist 2009. Thus she has been performing and guiding people into the secrets of circus for several years all around the world.

Acroyoga workshop

Circus artist Johanna “Johku” Kellomäki is always happy to introduce you to the basics of acroyoga! You can choose from the basic course for beginners and the follow-up course for more experienced yoga-enthusiastics.

Fabio Pires’ street art workshop

Fabio Pires has worked actively for several years among urban art. At Elephantasy, you will have the chance to participate in his workshop suitable for both adults and kids. More details to follow.

Please prepare for all the workshops with light and relaxed clothing as well as a water bottle.


World street food

The food stalls of Elephantasy will serve you street food delicacies from different parts of the world, so you do not necessarily need to bring anything for the picnic at all! Except yourself.

Food & other treats

The vendors for this year will be announced later.


Contact info

Producer: Lilli Philip | lilli.philip [ät] gmail.com | tel. +358 50 5715 125
Festival director: Sami Mannerheimo | sami [ät] funkyamigos.fi | tel. +358 50 4400 209
Artistic directors: Joonas Kervinen, Sami Mannerheimo, Janski Arnimaa & Lilli Philip
Finnish & English texts: Joonas Kervinen | joonas [ät] funkyamigos.fi
Graphical design (’22): Baris Varhos


Elephantasy – Funky Family Picnic 2022 has been made possible with the funding from the City of Helsinki for the Alppipuiston kesä 2022 summer event series.