Everyone can participate in the festival!

At the Kaustinen Festival music or dance is not only a performative act but it underlines participatory approach by offering the audience opportunities in joining the music-making and dancing.

- Master folk singer Jussi Asu

The 56th Kaustinen Folk Music Festival will be held from 10th to 16th of July 2023.

The Kaustinen Folk Music Festival serves a hand-picked diverse sample of Finnish Folk Music and Folk Dance, as well as an annual program presenting international ensembles and traditions.

The artists at the festival vary from traditional Finnish solo performers to contemporary folk bands and international acts. The programme includes folkdance, some Finnish popular artists, children´s music, multi-artistic performances besed on folklore and participatory acts. The festival plays a crucial role in the preservation and promotion of various fields of heritage from different regions of Finland and all over the world. The Festival has a unique family-friendly and cozy atmosphere, which is worth experiencing.

Festival theme for 2023 in Peace, which is brought out e.g. through global goodwill and understanding between people and by considering the importance of individual peace of mind in the midst of busy life. The Province theme is Middle-Finland and also theme called Treasures of the Archives named by the Finnish top assosiation for Folkmusic and Folkdance.

Performers are encouraged to take the themes under consideration if possible, of desinsngprogramming for next summer’s celebrations.

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Performers; musicians, singers and dancers are the heart of the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival. Warmly welcome to the 56th festival 10th to 16th of July 2023.

Performer application time has ended. 


Acceptance as an official performer

The contact persons will be informed of the choices during March.

If an audio / video sample link is not attached to the application, provide a link upon request.

We will inform all the applicants during the spring 2023.

Performers and groups approved as an official performer will receive:

  • Performer wristband which entitles entrance to the festival area and all events on all festival days.
  • Free music and dance workshops, seminars and a guaranteed relaxed atmosphere with thousands of friends.
  • Shared / dormitory kind accommodation for a low price
  • Performer meal for discount price at the Festival restaurant.
  • Free instrument storage.
  • Performer coffee for a discount price at the Festival restaurant and Marjaananville´s café.

Guestions will be answered from the festival office!


tel. +358 40 3582 198

Accommodation for musicians

Accommodation for musicians - booking has been opened!

Accommodation can be booked primarily for the nights in-between performances, so that everyone has the chance for accommodation.

Booking for musician's accommodation is done via an online form. Price is 25 euros per night.

Booking can be done with this link: Pelimannimajoitus 2023 -varauslomake.

More information on musician accommodation and prices can also be found on our website at Kaustinen.net/pelimannimajoitus-2023

Accommodation for musicians is shared in classrooms and sports halls. Accommodation is on floor beds with a mattress, blanket and pillow, but you should bring your own bed linen. The accommodation is mainly divided into separate rooms for men and women, but some rooms are also mixed. For reasons of mobility or other compelling reasons, we can also accommodate single persons in beds. However, if you need a bed, please let us know in advance.

Accommodation places

The aim is to provide shared accommodation at Kaustinen Urheilutalo, Alakoulu, Puumala School, Järvelkä Village School and Veteli Sports Centre. Some of the accommodation is not located in the immediate vicinity of the festival area, but it is easy to get between these places of accommodation and the festival area by the festival bus, the free use of which is included in the price of the pelimanni accommodation.

Work is still underway to identify accommodation places. For this reason, we are not yet accepting reservations for accommodation. We will announce the start of the accommodation booking process on this page and via a letter to accepted musicians/dancers.

Jaettuna parempi!

Kansantanssiryhmä onko unelmissanne ensi kesän onnellisimmat päivät, mutta ryhmä on ilman elävää musiikkia?

Tässä oiva vaihtoehto elävän musiikin ja tanssin yhteen saattamiseksi.

Jaettuna parempi! -konseptin keskeinen ajatus on mahdollistaa kansantanssiryhmille esiintymiskokemus elävän musiikin kanssa sekä sytyttää ja vahvistaa kipinää tanssisoittoa kohtaan.

Lähetä hakemus 28.2.2023 mennessä.

Ohjeet ja lisätietoa löytyy Kaustinen.net/jaettuna-parempi/

Master Folk Musicians

The Master Folk Musician, the Master Folk Singer and the Master Folk Dancer (Mestaripelimanni) is a title awarded by the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival to a person who, with his or her traditional skills, abundant repertoire or other significant merits, has promoted folk music or folk dance and promote their pursuit. The Masters have been named since 1970.

Esityksiä mestaripelimanneiksi, mestarikansantanssijoiksi ja mestarikansanlaulajiksi otetaan vastaan ympäri vuoden. Esitykset voi lähettää osoitteeseen matti.hakamaki@kaustinen.fi tai soittaa numeroon 040 574 1917.

Alta löytyy aikaisempina vuosina nimetyille mestaripelimanneille tarkoitettu ilmoittautumislomake kesän juhlia varten. Pyydämme teitä ystävällisesti täyttämään ilmoittautumislomakkeen 31.3.2023 mennessä.

Mestaripelimanni registration form
Apua lomakkeen täyttämiseen saa p. 040 358 21 98.


The festival program is complemented by concerts completed by folk music and folk dance professionals. All festival guests and enthusiasts will be able to participate in a workshops of many professionals throughout the festival week.

Performers applying for an artist gets paid for their performance. The free-form application can be submitted either by e-mail directly to the Program Director firstname.lastname@kaustinen.net or to artists@kaustinen.net. Offers should be sent during August to December.

NOTE! We get so many artist offers that unfortunately not all posts can be answered. However, all applications will be reviewed, and each potential band or group will be contacted in person. Inriquiries can be made either by email or by phone directly from the Program Director.

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