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 58th Kaustinen Folk Music Festival will be held on 7.-13.7.2025.

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.

The theme of the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival 2025 is migrationThe purpose of the theme is to showcase and celebrate the many ways in which migration and the movement of people for various reasons around the world have influenced cultures, traditions, and the identity of communities.

The regional theme is HämeThe Centre for the Promotion of Folk Music and Folk Dance (CEFF) theme 2025 will also be reflected in the festival programme.


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Pelimanni performer feedpack 2024

A warm thank you to all the performers; dancers, musicians and singers for the happiest days of summer 2024!

We greatly appreciate your feedback and would like to hear how you thought the festival went. Please send us your feedpack by email to info@kaustinen.net by 31 August 2024.


Pelimanni performer application for the 2025 festival

Next year, the happiest days of summer will be celebrated from 7 to 13 July 2025. 

The Pelimannin performer application opens in December, with more details to be announced on our website Kaustinen.net and social media channels @kaustinenfmf.

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.

Applications for Master Folk Musicians, Dancers and Singers can be sent throughout the year. The applications can be sent to matti.hakamaki@kaustinen.fi or give a call to +358 40 574 1917.



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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