Kaustinen for the Whole Family

Note! Entrance to the festival is free for under 7 year-olds!

Kaustinen Folk Music Festival is a great destination for a family holiday. Children’s Kaustinen programme includes lots of high-quality performances and plenty of activities for kids all around the festival area. Kids’ activities include dancing, instrument playing, adventures, meetings with musical masters, workshops, folk music competition, drawing, crafts, face painting and of course children’s concerts of all kinds. Throughout the week, the Children’s tent is hosted by the ever­-popular, ever-cheerful  Tradi Birds.

CHILDREN’S TENT is open on Mon 4pm – 7pm and Tue-Sat 11am – 7pm and there’s plenty going on all the time. For more information, see the Festival programme!

CHILD CARE ROOM There’s a child care room situated in the school premises on the Festival Yard. It offers a quiet place for heating up meals, diaper changing and having a rest in the middle of all the festival hustle and bustle.

CHILDREN’S JAM SESSIONS Come along, sing and play children’s music favorites together with the Tradi Birds. You can bring your own instrument or use one of the many instruments available at the tent. Visiting bands and Tradi Birds help you get started and guide you into the exhilarating world of jam sessions. Music lovers of all ages and skill levels are welcome!

CHILDREN’S FOLK MUSIC COMPETITION is a music competition open to children of all ages. The floor is open for song, dance and instrument performances, for solo or group performers. A master folk musician is present every day at the competition to tell stories and listen to all the performances. To enter, sign up with the Tradi Birds. The competition takes place daily from Tuesday until around 6pm at the Children’s tent. The prizes are handed during the final jam session at the Children’s tent. All the participants will get an official certificate!

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS

MINNA HOKKA’S INSTRUMENT BUILDING WORKSHOP Build traditional instruments for yourself or your whole band easily with instructions from instrument artisan Minna Hokka. Learn all about reed pipes, how to make various instruments from familiar natural materials, and how to make them sound even better! Minna Hokka plays the instruments, and tells stories about the rich Finnish shepherd instrument tradition.

Instrument workshops at the Children’s Tent Wed 13 July 1pm, Thu 14 July 12pm and Fri 15 July 1pm.

DANCE AT THE TENT

Every day during the festival there’s a mini folk dance workshop for the whole family every day at the Children’s tent. In addition to Finnish folk dance , this year there are also workshops for folk dances from the Middle East and Africa.

Dance workshops at the Children’s tent on Tue 12 July 2:30pm and 4:30pm, Wed 13 July at 12:45pm, Thu 14 July 2:15pm, and Fri 15 July 12pm.

WONDER BUS X

A bus of wonders toured all over Finland for the first part of the year, offering versatile craft-making to school children. Wonder Bus X now arrives to Kaustinen, along with Mauno Järvelä, Eeva-Leena Pokela and a group of students from the University of Arts.

Workshops in the Iholla Hall and at the Children’s Tent on Fri 15 July at 3pm.

CRAFTS AT THE TENT

In between the Children’s tent concerts you can have a rest in the Crafts tent, or have a creative

moment with some drawing and crafts. What’s your dream instrument like? What have you seen happening around the festival? Let your imagination fly! Or why not compose a quick musical piece with the 5-string kantele? If you’re drawing a blank, the Crafts tent staff are there to help you. The crafts tent is open every day.

Extracts from the 2016 programme

MONDAY 11 JULY

CHILDREN’S KAUSTINEN OPENED

Join us for a song and a dance and get the festival week off to a flying start. Joining the Tradi Birds for opening celebrations:

IHHAHHAA performs folk music with fresh arrangements for children and grow-ups – everyone’s welcome to join in! Ihhahhaa also performs at the Children’s Tent on Sat 16 July 12pm.

AILA-DUO Aila-duo comes from Inari in the very north of Finland. They perform Sami and Finnish songs using two iconic national instruments – the Finnish kantele and Sami shamanic drum.

TUESDAY 12 JULY

CHILDREN’S MATINEES I AND II: OTTOSET AND NÄPPÄRIT

The ever-­popular children’s matinee concerts gets literally hundreds of musicians, singers and dancers on stage at the Keskipohjanmaa Arena. Children’s Matinee I features Ottoset and all their age groups as well as their guests, Siepakat Juniorit and Kipehnet from Saarenkylä at Rovaniemi in northern Finland. In Children’s Matinee II, countless Näppäri­musicians of all ages and from all over Finland come together and spread the irresistible cheer of folk music!

Tue 12 July 1pm Children’s Matinee I: Ottoset at Keskipohjanmaa Arena
Tue 12 July 5pm: Children’s Matinee II: Näppärit at Keskipohjanmaa Arena

SINGING WITH THE MOOMIN FAMILY AND MOOMINMAMMA’S CARING CONCERT

All the folk from Moomin Valley arrive to Kaustinen with Soili Perkiö and Eija Ahvo, singing familiar Mooming songs. Kaustinen’s own Moomin orchestra also performs on Tuesday in the family concert at the Arena. On Wednesday, babies and toddlers get their very own Moominmamma’s  Caring Concert in the Iholla Hall. Small children accompanied by adults are warmly welcome to Wednesdays concert.

Tue 12 July 3:15pm Keskipohjanmaa Arena (Singing with Moomin Family)
Wed 13 July 10am and 11am Iholla Hall (Moominmamma’s  Caring Concert)
Children’s Jam Session Tue 12 July 11am Childrens’s Tent (Kaustinen’s own Moomin Orchestra)

WEDNESDAY 13 JULY

DANCE THEATRE MINIMI: HEI, KATO! AND HEI, KELAA!

Hei, kato! (Hey, Look!) is a dance theatre piece for the whole family, where two people of different sizes look at the world from their own viewpoint. The production focuses on different ways of viewing, from different directions, levels and angles. It deals with being different, sharing things and needing attention, and it depicts, mirrors and basks in the warmth of another’s gaze (5 years and older).

Hei, kelaa! (Hey, Imagine That!) reminds the audience that if you dare to think differently, an ADVENTURE begins. Our heroic researchers and forever friends Konttinen and Vänttinen explore the depths of the human mind and the universe. The show brings on stage a rapturous dance of contemplation and play on thoughts, and curious approaches to questions such as ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What is the meaning of life?’ (8 years and older). In cooperation with Pohjanmaan tanssin aluekeskus (Ostrobothnia regional center of dance).

Wed 13 July 2pm Hei, kato! (Hey, Look!) and 5pm Hei, kelaa! (Hey, Imagine that!), Kaustinen Hall

ORFFIT

Children’s music orchestra Orffit was first established at the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival 20 years ago. This clearly calls for major scale celebration in the form of ten gigs over the course of the festival week! How about celebrating with us and catching all ten of them?

Tue 12 July 12:15pm, Wiljami Hall; 1:45pm, Music Hall; 4pm, Krenikka stage; 8:15pm, Folk Musician’s House Café

Wed 13 July 10am, Children’s Tent; 1:15pm, Folk Arts Centre Lobby; 4:15pm, Folk Arts Centre Lobby; 6pm, Folk Musician’s House
Thu 14 July, 2:15pm, Café Mondo; 5pm, Wiljami Hall
Children’s JAM SESSION on Wed 13 July 11:45, Children’s Tent

FEDERSPIEL (AT)

Charming Austrian wind instrument band Federspiel plays children’s music too. The band consisting of seven young men plays lots of fun wind instruments, including the clarinet, the trumpet and the tuba. Federspiel welcomes everyone to join them in the wonderful world of music, regardless of age!

Wed 13 July 3pm, Children’s Tent

THURSDAY 14 JULY

MUTAVEIJARIT

Mutaveijarit is a children’s music band formed at the Sibelius Academy children’s music course. Their first album Ympäri ämpäri! came out this spring. The band plays their own music, taking the audience for a romp around rainy days, water streams and mud puddles with the help of a multitude of instruments.

Thu 14 July 4pm, Children’s Tent
Children’s Jam session on Thu 14 July 11am

FRIDAY 15 JULY

TIMO PARVELA AND LOISKIS: ELLA JA KAVERIT (ELLA AND FRIENDS) STORY-TELLING CONCERT

Ella ja kaverit (Ella and friends) is a story-telling concert by children’s novelist Timo Parvela and children’s music band Loiskis. Timo reads extracts from his Ella novels, set in the world of primary school and Loiskis plays new music inspired by the stories. The concert offers heaps of fun in the form of sing-along, surprises and lots of great stories.

Fri 15 July 1:30pm, Iholla Hall
Children’s JAM SESSION Fri 15 July 11am, Children’s Tent

LAULUHATTU – SINGING HAT

Tero Pajunen is a musician and music educator who writes songs for children and adults alike. Tero is also known as the horse in children’s music orchestra Ammuu!. At Kaustinen, Tero gives his audience a tour around the fantastic fairytale worlds he’s visited through singing, sing-alongs and playing music. Children get to pick the songs out of Tero’s special Singing Hat.

Fri 15 July 4:30pm, Children’s Tent

EPPEL&PEPPEL

Eppel&Peppel combines singing, music and story-telling in their performances. Stepan Doctorus Fantasticus is a dramatized, hair-raising story concert aimed at over 7-year-olds. Story-teller musicians bring to life a country village with a boy called Stepan and his journey from rags to riches. Smaller children will enjoy the Tarinoiden arkku (Story Chest) performance, based on Finnish folk stories. The audience gets to meet different animals of the forest and their songs and stories. How about opening the Story Chest and seeing what comes out?

Fri 15 July 7pm, Wiljami Hall (Stepan Doctorus Fantasticus)
Sat 16 July 10am, Children’s Tent (Tarinoiden arkku, Story Chest)

SATURDAY 16 JULY

WONDER BUS X

Wonder Bus X brings University of Arts to Kaustinen in the form of art workshops. The project is all about giving children new experiences with different forms of art, offer them the joy of making art and encourage children to bring out their own voices through art. In this concert the audience gets a peek into all the wonderful things that have been created in the previous day’s workshops.

Sat 16 July 11am, Wiljami Hall

FINAL JAM AT THE CHILDREN’S TENT

The entire Children’s Tent is full of sound as the Tradi Birds set up the final jam session. Sing, play and dance along to all the great familiar songs from all the brilliant bands who have played in the tent during the festival week.  If you haven’t heard any of the songs before, no problem! Join in and have a good time anyway! Children’s Folk Music Competition participants also get their certificates.

Final jam Sat 16 July 5:30pm

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