Kaustinen ICH Academy



The Kaustinen ICH Academy program is mainly targeted to both Finnish and international folk music and cultural heritage students, researchers and others who are active in the field. The program offers a wide variety of points of view by both Finnish and international experts and scholars on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. Kaustinen Fiddle Playing, inscribed into UNESCO Representative List of the ICH of Humanity, is presented by experts and local practitioners with practical examples. The lectures and seminars are free of charge and open to everybody.


TUE 9.7. 11.30 Museum Hall

The lectures by intangible cultural heritage scholars Kristin Kuutma (Estonia) and Outi Valo and Heidi Henriikka Mäkelä (Finland) address the current situation of folk music in Estonia and the impact that UNESCO ICH list inscription of Kaustinen fiddle playing has had on local politics.

Kristin Kuutma: Traditional music and intangible cultural heritage in Estonia (45 min)
Outi Valo and Heidi Henriikka Mäkelä: The impact of the Unesco convention in Kaustinen: municipal decision-making and changing heritage discourses (45 min)

TUE 9.7. 17.00 Museum Hall

Matti Mäkelä and Jarkko Björknäs tell with words and tunes about the histories of Kaustinen music and dance heritage.
Matti Mäkelä and Jarkko Björknäs: Kaustinen ICH – a historical overview (60 min)


WED 10.7. 11.30 Museum Hall

The lectures are about the educational co-operation between Taiwan National University and Finnish folk music orchestra Tallari, testing machine-learning model to analysis of Kaustinen fiddle music corpus and the possible pan-Nordic UNESCO nomination for Nordic polska tradition.

Simo Hsin-Wen Hsu: Safeguarding ICH through folk music education – experiences from National Taiwan Normal University (30 min)
Henna Tahvanainen, Tuomas Ylönen & Outi Valo: Feature comparison for classification of Kaustinen fiddle playing style from archived recordings with machine learning models (30 min)
Johanna Björkholm and Bengt Wittgren: Nordic polska on its way to UNESCO list (30 min)

WED 10.7. 17.00 Museum Hall

Anni Järvelä sheds light on the means, significance and possibilities of the popular Näppäri pedagogy.
Anni Järvelä: Kaustinen and Näppäri pedagogy (60 min)


THU 11.7. 11.30 Museum Hall

Tiago de Oliveira Pinto lectures on the indicators of vitality in ICH and festival organisers from Bretagne tell about their musical heritage.

Tiago de Oliveira Pinto: Measuring vitality in intangible cultural heritage / living heritage (60 min)
Anne-Cécile Poyard, Grégoire Pluet, Maria Jezéquel & Chloé Berthou-Lis: Intangible cultural heritage and traditional music in Bretagne (30 min)

THU 11.7. 17.00 Museum Hall

What has Unesco inscription brought to Kaustinen? How can the UNESCO status be benefited of in tourism and regional development?
Minerva Rannila, Tytti Pohjola & Kirsi Ojanen: Unesco, Kaustinen and regional development (60 min)


FRI 12.7. 11.30 Museum hall

Swedish experiences of implementing UNESCO ICH Convention, Sapmi music as cultural heritage and views on the relationship between gender and musical heritage in Nepal.

Martin Sundin: Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in Sweden: the inventory and experiences of the Committee for the Unesco 2003 Convention (30 min)
Anna Näkkäläjärvi: Sámi vocal music styles as cultural heritage of the Sámi (30 min)
Pushpa Palanchoke & Vilma Timonen: Transition pathways towards gender inclusion in the changing musical landscapes of Nepal (30 min)

FRI 12.7. 17.00 Museum Hall

The hybrid seminar/webinar concludes the two-year Amplifying Heritage project with views on the role of research in safeguarding ICH. How can research contribute to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage? The webinar connects with the project aims to have an impact not just the participants’ local surroundings but provide views on the approaches to intangible musical heritages also globally through research and connectedness to the UNESCO’s intangible heritage network. Webinar is organized as part of the 'Amplifying Heritage', a project among three NGOs, the Finnish Folk Music Institute (FFMI), Echoes in the Valley (EitV), Kathmandu, Nepal and ABAIM, Mauritius, and the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department of the University of the Arts, Helsinki. The project is funded by Nordisk Kulturfond Globus Programme in 2023-2024 and has initiated a collaborative global network to support the capacity building of the participating organisations through regular webinars, an exchange program, and research.

17.00 Matti Hakamäki: Welcome to the seminar
17.05 Vilma Timonen: Research outputs within the Amplifying Heritage project
17.40 Alain Muneean: Group Abaim – Grassroots experiences working with Academia: Opportunities and challenges in Mauritius
18.00 Rizu Tuladhar: Echoes in the Valley – research collaboration and safeguarding ICH
18.15 Commentary: Tiago de Oliveira Pinto and TBC
18.45 Discussion and closure

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La 13.7. klo 11.00 Kansantaiteenkeskus, Kaustinen-sali

Kaustinen ICH Seminar 2024
Culture 2030 Campaign – global impact through community actions

There’s no culture goal among the 17 goals of the United Nations’ sustainable development Agenda 2030. To amend the situation, an long-lasting international campaign has been going on, and the national Finnish campaign was inaugurated earlier this year. The seminar handles the importance of an independent culture goal for the future of humanity and the role that living heritage and traditional music can have in implementing it. The taste of music is offered by Kaustinen Näppärit and Antti Paalanen with his friends.

The seminar will be streamed at the Finnish Folk Music Institute Youtube channel:

11.00 Music performance: Näppärit
11.10 Matti Hakamäki: Welcome to the seminar
11.15 Martin Sundin: UNESCO 2003 Convention and sustainable development
11.30 John Crowley: Why we need a culture as a standalone SDG?
12.00 Music performance: Antti Paalanen
12.10 Annika Lyytikäinen & Matti Hakamäki: Culture Goal 2030 Campaign Finland
12.30 Leena Marsio: LIVIND project – Practical experiences from the field of ICH and sustainability
12.45 Panel discussion
13.30 Closure