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.