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The happiest days of your summer at the largest folk music festival in the Nordic Countries

Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, est. 1968, has had a firm position nearly five decades as one of the most important folk music events in Europe. It has a crucial role in preserving and promoting folk tradition. Known for its unique atmosphere where both amateurs and professional artists mix freely, the festival is a rare blend of hundreds of inspired concerts, both domestic and international, workshops, improvised jam sessions and dance performances each summer.

The festival is built on strong and continuous tradition of folk musicianship, typical for the Kaustinen region. Over the past four centuries, folk music has been passed on from neighbor to neighbor and from the old to the young, creating a singular body of traditional music and style of playing. Today, this culture of local folk music is evident in the amount of youth at the festival, both on stage and in the audience.

We update info in English as much as we can but unfortunately there is a lot of information available only in Finnish. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions! We speak English!

Kaustinen Folk Music Festival 2019

The preliminary program for the coming festival will be published in March 2019. Stay in touch!

Pelimanni-performer application 2019 now open

The 52st Kaustinen Folk Music Festival will be held 8-14 Jul 2019. We hope that hundreds of folk music and folk dance groups will again join us in creating a unique village festival in the middle of finest Finnish summer! Read more >>>

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