The Kaustinen Folk Music Festival opens a performance application form for its 56th edition in December. The festival 10-16 of July 2023 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 performers 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 Treasures of the Archives named by the Finnish top assosiation for Folkmusic and Folkdance.

We wish the applicants take these themes in concideration when building their programmes.

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!

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)

Application form will be opened on 12th of December, and is available until the end of January. Note: the artist applications through the Programme Director.

Guestions will be answered from the festival office!
tel. +358 40 3582 198