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Tekijä: Miikka Pörsti

A Glimpse of Villa Karo and Grand-Popo on YLE Areena

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO) visited Villa Karo in 2009 to honour the 10th anniversary of the centre by playing a concert for the people of Grand-Popo. The concert was held on the stage of Lissa Gbassa, VK’s exhibition and concert building, by the beach of Grand-Popo. RSO’s eventful trip became the subject of a documentary film (Afrikan sinfonia, directed by Jenni Nyberg, YLE productions).

Also meet the dancing and singing children of Grand-Popo as well as Noël Zaïzonou, …

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A Recipe for Understanding

The newspaper Kouvolan Sanomat published a large article about Villa Karo last week (by Henna Mäkelin, Sept. 6th). The article was based upon VK’s last year’s scholarship holder Aleksi Saraskari’s experiences in working with local musicians in Benin. According to Aleksi, a tuba player, his first impressions on his Beninese colleagues’ percussion skills weren’t favourable. The two fellows playing balafon and djembe seemed like nice chaps but their beat was odd, not precise enough to a highly educated …

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Change in deadline for applying for a scholarship / muutos stipendin hakuajassa

Artists, researchers, teachers, journalists, cultural workers! The deadline for applying for a scholarship for next spring  in Villa Karo has been postponed this year to September 15. Wanna go to Africa?

Taiteilijat, tutkijat, opettajat, toimittajat, kulttuurialan ihmiset! Villa Karon ensi kevään stipendin hakuaikaa on tänä vuonna pidennetty. Viimeinen hakupäivä on 15. syyskuuta 2011. Haluatko Afrikkaan?

Click here to learn more (in Finnish).…

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Finnish-Beninese Co-operation

This is a great example of the co-operation between Villa Karo’s scholarship holders and Grand-Popo’s local musicians: Inga, Lauri, Adja and Georges. The video is made by another scholarship holder, Antti Seppänen. They all were in Villa Karo in the first months of 2011.

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/24325379 w=400&h=225]

La Force Lumineuse from Antti Seppänen on Vimeo.…

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