Big group of performers in the Kestikievari stage in July 2022. Photo: Matti Siippanen.

Hae pelimanniksi täyttämällä pelimannihakulomake (Pelimannihaku on päättynyt).

NOTE! This application form is meant for pelimanni performers, who want to perform and enjoy the festival atmosphere at Kaustinen without financial compensation. The artist applications should be sent via email to

The Kaustinen Folk Music Festival will be held for the 56th time on 10.-16. of July 2023. 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 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 is 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.

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)

The performers application is open from December 12th 2022 until January 31st 2023.

More info:

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