Lissa Gbassa



Villa Karo’s multipurpose space Lissa Gbassa, the living room of the Gods, was built on the basis of Johanna Hyrkäs and Tuomas Siitonen’s plans.

Lissa Gbassan raunio. Takana on ranta ja kaksi palmupuuta.
Picture: Juha Vakkuri
(c) Juha Vakkuri
Picture: Tuomas Uusheimo (2017)
(c) Tuomas Uusheimo

On the building of Lissa Gbassa, there have been numerous murals and artworks: Perkele-collective (Teemu Mäki, Sampsa Indrén, Juha Liede, Maija Ojanen) the work Mami Wata la mère bienfaitrice & Heviosso le justicier (mural), Linda Söderholm ja Essi Ojanperä’s Grand-Popo Breakers (graffiti), Activism-collective’s graffiti on the stage’s wall, Daté Houedakor’s hand-painted text on the stage, Matti Kurkela’s Mami Wata (sculpture, recycled art), Pertti Kukkonen’s Lissa-Gbassa-relief and a crocodile by a Cameroonian artist Gaston Hankson hanging from the ceiling of the interior.


Monthly concerts are held on the big stage on the beach side of Lissa Gbassa. There is also an open-air cinema on the mainland side. Indoors seminars, classes, opening and release parties, dance classes and much more are organised.


There are also public toilets downstairs and office space upstairs in Lissa Gbassa.