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.

– Mestarikansanlaulaja Jussi Asu

The 56th Kaustinen Folk Music Festival will be held from 10 to 16 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 by 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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Folkmusicians, players, dancers and singers are the heart of Kaustinen Folk Music Festival.

Application form will be opened on 12th of December, and is available until the end of January. You shall find the form from this site.

You may apply as a performer, if you are

  • a solo performer
  • a band or a group (2-50 person, and if you have a bigger group, please contact the festival office)
  • a choir / singing group
  • a folkdance group (accompanied with live music, no recorded music)

Good to know about applying:

If you are performing folk music, folk dance or more modern production based on them and want to get involved in creating a unique atmosphere of a family-friendly festival and present your music to a dedicated festival audience, do not hesitate to apply

Questions will be answered from the festival office!


tel. +358 40 3582 198

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.
Master Folk Musician

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.

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Mestaripelimanneille tarkoitettu ilmoittautumislomake ensi kesän festivaaleja varten tullaan julkaisemaan tällä sivulla tammikuussa 2023.

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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Performer application form opens on 12th of December

Performer application form opens on 12th of December

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