Puhos ♡ People is a cultural festival for the whole family. The event take place on 5th of August 2017 at the Puhos Mall in Itäkeskus area of Helsinki. Consisting of various different communities and shops, cafes, restaurants and mosques ran by Somali-, Kurdish- as well as Arab speaking communities Puhos is currently one of the main transcultural hub´s of the Helsinki City. The area is spontaneously developed intercultural meeting place which gathers together people from various backgrounds.
The festival´s background lies on the late 2016 published news of demolishing the Puhos mall. To sustain that the mall would continue gathering people together also in the future, the local communities have produced the festival, which aims to support the cultural activation and visibility of the Puhos mall.
Puhos ♡ People brings together diverse cultural programme and -food. Among others the festival programme comprises musicians from Ethiopia, Senegal and Eastern-Helsinki, composition work produced for Puhos by local youths, and a club featuring poets from different language backgrounds. Pop-up stalls and local restaurants serve festival quests Irakian-, Kurdish-, Somali-, Kongo- and Gambian dishes. The festival is free and open to the prublic. The programme is updated until August 2017.