Villa Karo is a Finnish-African culture center and artist residence in the coastal village of Grand-Popo, Benin. Its purpose is to build a bridge between Finnish and African artists and cultural figures. The primary task is to offer a possibility to reside in Africa for Finnish artists, researchers, teachers and other professionals in cultural and social fields. In addition, African professionals in culture are encouraged to visit Finland.To visit Villa Karo and other attractions in Grand Popo, use our Grand Popo online tour itinerary maker.
Periods for application into residence are twice in a year. The fall residencies applications are due in 15 March, and for the spring residencies applications are due in 15 September.
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The Finnish Cultural House is a must not only for the residents but for visitors. The site and people are wonderful. Grand-Popo is an oasis of peace and beauty in Benin. more »
Villa Karo is a Finnish-African cultural centre located in the village of Grand-Popo, Benin in West Africa. The purpose of the centre is to improve the awareness and to promote the cooperation between Finnish and African artists and researchers, as well as to support the cultural contacts between Finland and Benin. Villa Karo issues grants to Finnish professionals of cultural and societal fields and acts as a cultural centre in Grand-Popo. The role of Villa Karo is to act as a mediator between Finnish and African artists and cultural actors. The main objective is to offer Finnish artists, researchers and teachers a possibility to reside in Africa. In addition to that, Villa Karo invites African professionals of the cultural scene to Finland The activities of the cultural centre include, among other things: monthly concerts and theatre and dance performances every first Saturday of the month; film screenings every Friday; art exhibitions; conference and seminar rooms; library; a collection exhibiting West African ethnographic art and the history of West Africa.
There is a food festival going from 15 to 16
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