The annual World Village Festival was held in Helsinki on the 27th and 28th of May this year. The Network of Multicultural Associations, Moniheli, asked Fin-Zam to join in on the fun by telling stories from Zambia in the Tenava-Timbuktu children’s tent. Kalulu the Hare and his adventures with the Lion, the Elephant and the Family of Tortoise were well received by the audience. Our Chairperson Izai-Zai Yikona told the stories in English, so it was a bit easier for the audience to also follow the intriguing tales.

If you are interested in reading some of the stories to your children (or for yourself…) here is a link to Kalulu the Hare and Other Zambian Folk-Tales as retold by Parvathi Raman.


As some of you may be aware, during the spring we have been holding Nyanja lessons for adults every Sunday. As the May Day and Mother’s Day celebrations interfered with some of our lessons this season, we decided that instead of missing another Nyanja class, the World Village Festival was actually a perfect place to have our lesson. The whole world is visiting Kaisaniemi Park, why not Zambia?


We found a tree to get some shade from the spring sun and set up a few picnic blankets and a big Post-It table top pad on the grass. It was lovely to see some new faces joining the lesson, some interested in learning and some in remembering Nyanja. Also the Zambians and Malawians got to pick their brains trying to figure out the words for cousin and aunt in Nyanja.

If you are interested in learning or teaching Nyanja in the Autumn, please do not hesitate to contact us at