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The INFO point at the Kaustinen College of Music is situated in the main lobby, tel +358 40 1701 966.
There’s a FIRST AID point at the secondary school building, next to the Music Hall (see the festival area map), to contact the first aid, phone +358 40 7079 869.
The FESTIVAL PARK is the main festival area and it’s situated at the centre of Kaustinen, around the local school buildings. The festival park is family-friendly, and famous for being a clean and pleasant environment. The Keskipohjanmaa Arena is the main stage of the festival and the heart of the festival park.
At the Kaustinen Secondary School building you’ll find the FOLK SHOP (see map), where you’ll find all the records, books, instrument accessories, small instruments and festival merchandise you can possibly wish for! Often bands will perform surprise gigs at the shop to promote their albums, so keep your eyes open! Folk Shop is organised in collaboration with The Finnish Folk Music Association and the Folk Music Institute.
FESTIVAL SHOP is the festival’s own merchandise shop. It’s situated at the Secondary School building, stop by to get your own Kaustinen t-shirt!
You can buy and send POST CARDS at the Folk Shop and Festival Shop.
The AGE LIMIT for Restaurant Troka and the Wine Tavern is 18 years. At Club Kallio and Café Mondo there are separate areas for under 18-year-olds.
Stages situated outside the gates include Iholla Hall, Maunon Makasiini, Kaustinen Hall and Club Kallio. The Day Ticket and Evening Ticket will get you into these venues, and at Club Kallio you can also buy a separate entrance ticket. These are also venues with a limited amount of space, entrance is granted on a ’first come, first served’ basis.
There’s a CLOAKROOM/INSTRUMENT STORAGE service at the Kaustinen College of Music. Note that the service is primarily for instruments and it’s free of charge for festival performers.
DOGS are welcome to the festival area, but they are not allowed in the restaurants, indoor concert venues or other indoor areas. Dogs must be kept on a leash and the owner is responsible for disposing of their dog’s waste.
The festival is SMOKE-FREE. Smoking is permitted on specific areas only.
TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS The nearest train station to Kaustinen is in Kokkola (about 45km), where there’s a bus connection to Kaustinen. The train timetables are available at www.vr.fi. There’s a bus stop outside the train station, next to the old iron steam locomotive – this is where Kaustinen’s own FESTIVAL BUS as well as regular bus connections stop. You can find the bus timetables at the back of the festival programme. The festival bus stops just outside the festival area in Kaustinen. There are also signs around Kaustinen directing those arriving by car.
PARKING around the festival area is free, and a limited amount of visitor parking space is available very close to the festival area (next to the Kaustinen College of Music and the Folk Arts Centre). There’s a separate parking area for performers and festival staff. There are festival staff members guiding the traffic around the parking areas.
LOST & FOUND During the festival, there’s a Lost & Found service at the info point at the Kaustinen College of Music. After the festival, the items are moved to the care of the Kaustinen Police Department.
GATES There are two main gates in the festival area, one next to the Kaustinen College of Music, and the other next at the Festival Marketplace.
To use a TAXI during the festival, contact one by the main gate at the Festival Markeplace or phone +358 40 7080 490.
There’s a WLAN network available in the festival park, provided by KaseNet.
BY TRAIN There are several daily train services between Helsinki and Rovaniemi. The closest train station is Kokkola (45 kilometres from Kaustinen). Detailed train timetables are available at the VR webpage. The bus connection from Kokkola to Kaustinen departs from near the train station. The bus station is located about one block away from the train station. There is also a bus stop on the street in front of the train station, where you can board regular bus services. More info on bus timetables below.
BY BUS During the Festival, there will be additional bus services between Kokkola, Kaustinen and Veteli. The Festival Bus timetables will also be printed in the Festival Program. The Festival Bus stop is located on the Fiddlers’ Square, in the heart of the Festival area. You can also travel to Kaustinen with one of the regular Matkahuolto bus services. Please refer to the Matkahuolto webpage for their long-distance bus services. The Matkahuolto bus stop is located behind the Teboil service station in Kaustinen.
BY PLANE The closest airport is the Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport in Kronoby. The distance between Kaustinen and the Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport is about 35 kilometres. Please find timetables at the Finnair and Flybe homepages.
BY CAR There will be signs guiding you from the centre of Kaustinen to the Festival area. The parking areas are located on Meerbuschintie, Pajalantie and at the Folk Arts Centre (see map). Performers and staff have separate allocated parking within the common parking areas. Traffic controllers will assist guests, performers and staff in parking in an appropriate area.
The Festival Restaurant has been further improved and has a tasty buffet full of delicious food, most of which is local and organic. There are three meal options daily (including a vegetarian option).
Breakfast is served daily from 8am to 10am (Tue-Sun) and lunch from 11am to 7pm (Tue-Sat, Mon 3pm – 7pm). Take-away available!
CAFÉ MONDO Enjoy live music and a wide variety of beers, ciders and various other drinks at the heart of the festival area. Snack food available! Fully licensed, with a separate area for under 18s.
TROKA (Over 18s only) Don’t miss the countless acoustic jam sessions, a wide variety of drinks and a lovely view over the festival park at Troka. Fully licenced.
CLUB KALLIO The long-established Club Kallio is situated in the Kalliopavilionki building, and enjoys easily the best view in town. Take in the club atmosphere and cool drinks in the comfort of this indoor venue. The Folk Arts Centre is conveniently on the way and open with live music events until 9pm. Club Kallio is fully licensed and has a separate area for under 18s.
FOLK MUSICIAN’S HOUSE Relive the old Kaustinen and have a hearty meal of juustopaisti, the star dish of the local cuisine. Fully licensed.
MARJAANANVILLE CAFÉ A highly popular café in the Festival Yard with its very own acoustic Krenikka stage. Coffee, tea, refreshments, cakes and sandwiches are served throughout the day in the close vicinity of the Festival yard stage and dance floor. Stop by at the Festival Shop close by the café for souvenirs. Opening times Mon 3pm – 11pm, Tue-Wed 10am – 11pm, Thu-Sat 10am – 12pm.
WINE TAVERN (In the evening over 18s only) In a new location by the Festival Marketplace there’s a cosy tavern-style wine bar where you can sample quality wines, enjoy the festival atmosphere both indoors and outdoors. There are live performances throughout the day until late. Fully licensed.
RESTAURANT KONSERTTIINA is situated in the Folk Arts Centre. Open Tue-Sat.
WAFFLE CAFE Cosy outdoor cafe at the Festival Marketplace. Waffles, soups etc.
FOOD STALLS IN THE FESTIVAL PARK
There’s a broad range of different types of food – including vegetarian and children’s menus! – sold in stalls around the festival area until the wee hours:
Event restaurant Eventpro – Food factory for your folk.
Kappelin Grilli – Great local burgers!
Lännen juhlapalvelu – Broad selection of fish dishes.
Vary bun – Chinese food, spring rolls, rice and noodle dishes.
ICE CREAM AND SWEETS
What would a summer event be like without goodies of all sorts? Ice cream cones, home-made ice cream, slushies and a wide variety of sweets and snacks are sold around the festival area.
SHOPS, CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS, EXHIBITIONS
FOLK SHOP Open 10am – 10pm, Secondary School Building
Excellent range of folk music publications, recordings, books, instrument accessories, small instruments and festival merchandise. There’s another Folk Shop at the Folk Arts Centre.
FESTIVAL SHOP Open 10am – 10pm, Secondary School Building
Kaustinen Folk Music Festival’s own merchandise shop! Products ranging from t-shirts and hoodies to post cards.
TAITO CRAFT SHOP Open 10am – 10pm , Secondary School Building
Design crafts from all over Finland, local area products, materials and ideas for craft-making.
ARTRINKI Open 10am – 7pm, Secondary School Building
Locally made crafts
FESTIVAL YARD BAZAAR Open 10am – 10pm, Festival Yard
Crafts, design, clothing, jewelry, and all things wonderful!
Shops at the Bazaar:
KAUNISTON TAIDELASI Glass and pearl jewlery
PAULANKA Linen clothing and accessories, jewlery and other beautiful handmade items
VEHKOMÄKI PAULA DESIGN Linen clothing
INKA WASI South American handicrafts, music and instruments
SANSAAR OY Nepalese, ethically produced handicrafts
MAGNETIX WELLNESS Magnetic jewelry and products
KANSANLÄÄKINTÄKESKUS Traditional Finnish bonesetting treatment, information on wellness treatments, wellness products
ORIFLAME-EDUSTUS SATU LAASASENAHO Cosmetics and wellness products
TAIDEKÄSITÖITÄ SIRPA SALMU Felt cards, decorative art
KELTTIKORUT 925 Oy Celtic jewelry made with the best 925 silver
JOHANNA K. DESIGN Knitwear and ecologic soft toys from leftover fabric
IDEALAHJAT KY Kitchen and dining products, jewelry, scarfs, hats and gifts.
BAIARI Hand-made micro-macrame jewelry
KH-DESIGN Lace hair bands
MASTER SHOEMAKER 10am – 6pm, Festival Yard
Master Shoemaker Tylli makes traditional shoes by hand. The demonstration shows a folk dance shoe in the making. Tylli also has a traditional treadle Singer sewing machine for small repairs.
FESTIVAL CRAFTS 12pm – 6pm, Festival Yard
Taito Keski-Pohjanmaa has arranged craft workshops for adults and children alike. Come along and watch craftsmen at work or try your own hand at craft-making. For more information, see the daily Workshops programme section. (Material fees apply)
INKLE BAND WORKSHOP Fri 15 July 11am – 2pm, Wanha Markku Second Hand Shop (Markkula stop on the Festival Bus route, address Jyväskyläntie 379)
Design and weave your own inkle band! Traditional crafts expert Mari Solja gives a comprehensive workshop on the history, technique and tools of inkle bands. Material fee 10€. If you want to make a full-length band, you can buy a full set (55€ incl. Reed, shuttle, beater). You can also bring your own equipment. Sign-up at email@example.com. Max. 20 people, please ask more at the Wanha Markku shop.
Also check out the nonstop inkle band workshop in the Workshop programme!
EXHIBITIONS & OTHER
NATIONAL COSTUME CLINIC Open 10am – 7pm, Secondary School Building
From sewing a loose button to advice on proper care, the national costume clinic gives first aid to all issues having to do with national costumes. National costumes from this year’s theme region Kainuu are also on display.
FINNISH FOLK MUSIC INSTRUMENT MUSEUM Open 10am – 9pm, Folk Arts Centre
The permanent exhibition covers the folk music history of the Perhonjokilaakso region, and this summer’s temporary exhibition focuses on shephard musician Teppo Repo. Free entry!
LUTHIERS’ SALES EXHIBITION Open Tue – Sat 12pm – 6pm, Secondary School Building
Small repairs and strings for guitars and mandolins etc. also available
8 PIENTÄ TARINAA (8 LITTLE STORIES) Open Mon – Sat 12pm – 6pm, Meeting room below the Säästöpankki Bank (address Kaustintie 2)
Art exhibition by two talented young visual artists, Tiina Palola and Maria Leppänen. Free entry!
TATTOO SHOP Open Tue – Sat 12pm – 10pm, Secondary School Building
Studio Laura Koski (Kokkola) has designed her own Kaustinen tattoo range. Normally you need to book months in advance to visit this highly popular tattoo studio, but at Kaustinen, the festival studio works on walk in basis.
EYE MOVEMENT FOR VIOLIN PLAYERS Open Mon – Sat based on appointments, Secondary School Building
At the Turku and Jyväskylä Universities, the Sheet Music Reading and Eye Movement project studies how violin players read sheet music. You can join the study by booking an appointment. The testing is open to audience passing by and one test takes about half an hour. Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org