Puhos Loves People

The diversity in us

Puhos Loves People is a diverse cultural event targeted to the whole family and organized in the old Puotinharjun Puhos outdoor shopping center of Itäkeskus in the eastside of Helsinki. The entry is free and the event is open to everyone. Puhos Loves People brings together musical and cultural programme as well as food from the community of Puhos as well as different organizations and groups operating in the eastern district of the city.

FESTIVAL in 2021

The festival was unfortunately cancelled last year because of the current COVID-19 situation, and this year’s event had to be rescheduled twice from the originally planned date.

However, on Saturday the 2nd of October, 2021 the festival meaning so much for the community and to the eastern district of Helsinki is finally back to be organized by the wide and diverse group of different promoters! Programme, scheduled from afternoon till the evening, includes loads of interesting highlights, such as concerts, performances, art work shops and film screenings, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages and from different backgrounds in a positive and peaceful spirit.

The music programme, partly produced by Funky Amigos, consists of several inspiring live shows. The performers include reggae band Dashing Waves, who just made their comeback into the scene this year, Mad Ice entertaining with his Ugandan afro pop with a groovy twist, Tufaax Darajo performing modern Somalian pop music as well as a big blast of diverse modern sounds from several afrobeat-hip hop-r&b artists, such as Nisa, LNL – Liian Nopeet Liikkeet, King Awale and Sule Abdalla. Besides the live acts, hot deejays will be entertaining people with their selections at the legendary inner yard of Puhos.

Explore the full programme, timetable and other essential information more precisely on the official festival website! The event is free of admission, without an age limit and to be enjoyed without any toxicants, which are forbidden on the area.

Puotinharjun Puhos is located next to the Itäkeskus Shopping Centre in the street address Korsholmantie 2. It is easy and fluent to arrive by public transportation, but there is also a parking lot for car with limited space.

Dashing Waves
Mad Ice
Sule Abdalla

COVID-19 safety

We follow the instructions of the authorities to protect the festival participants health. To make the event safe for all please wear a face mask during the festival. The event area is open, so keep your distance to fellow participants. If you think you have any symptoms of COVID-19 infection or you have been in contact with someone diagnosed with the virus, stay at home.

Hand sanitizers are available at the festival Info booth near the music stage. If you take part in art workshops sanitizers are also accessible there. In case you forget to bring your own face mask please ask one from the festival Info booth.

The festival is mostly organized outdoors.


Puhos is one of the most active multicultural hotspots of Helsinki with different ethnolinguistic groups and its own diverse community of people, companies and mosques. It is an area, which has been developed spontaneously by the people operating inside Puhos, and it is gathering a wide range of people from different ethnical backgrounds.

Funky Amigos has been actively involved in the production and planning of the Puhos Loves People festival in 2018 and 2019. The event is a joint production between several parties. The year 2020 festival was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.