Pelimanni performer registration for the 2018 festival has closed!

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The 51st Kaustinen Folk Music Festival will be held 9-15 Jul 2018. 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!

For 2018, the theme of the Folk Music and Dance Promotion Center is All flavors – the living traditions of folk music and folk dance.  The year theme of the festival is nature and the provincial theme is Lapland.  We hope performers will consider these themes when devising programs for next summer’s festival.

The application process has two phases:  The first applications period is held 15 Nov – 31 Dec 2017. The second, supplementary applications period is held 1 Jan – 28 Feb 2018. Please note, this application is meant for performers, who want to perform and enjoy the festival atmosphere at Kaustinen without financial compensation.

Registration will open for last minute additions from 16th April to 29th April 2018. We’re especially keen to register performers in the categories of children’s music and dance music. If you don’t have an audio sample of your music, please describe your repertoire and style as specifically as possible in the description field in the form. This will help us to place your performance in the programme.

With our separate area program application, we are looking folk art and traditional crafts performers (craft demonstrations, handicrafts, traditional games, local history etc.) and performers from all other arts (performance art, circus, visual arts etc.). You can also apply as a music or dance performer, but traditional stage performances do not suit the area program.  The area program is meant to create exciting art encounters in new places and situations in the festival area.  Performers that do not necessarily need a conventional stage for their performance are favored in the selection process.

Additional information on the pelimanni performer application process: / the area program application process:

You can order a paper application form by calling the following number: +358 (0) 40 3582 198

Photo: Krista Järvelä