Bluegrass, polska, fado, Irish folk, jazz and many other musical styles have resounded through the summer nights of Haapavesi in recent years. Poignant, high standard church concerts will captivate audiences as the 2018 festival celebrates 30 years of providing a platform for new folk music and other genres. The 32nd folk course will remain the core of this international event.
|Festival address||Haapavesi Festival on map|
|Phone||+358 44 769 2503|
|Office||Teknotalo 1 C, FI-86600 Haapavesi|
Welcome to the happiest days of the Finnish cultural summer! Kaustinen hosts the finest review of Finnish and international folk music and dance at hundreds of performances, workshops, folk busking and jam sessions in an absolutely unique festival atmosphere.
The 47th Spelit folk music event will feature more than 20 concerts of folk music, dance and singing, dozens of smaller musical events and performances, the Finnish championships for harmonica and mandolin players, and the Spelit competition for one and two-row accordions. Some performances have also been arranged in association with the Kauhajoki Food Fair.
This major international celebration of folk dance and music has been bringing enthusiasts and their friends to Tampere since 1970 for the most footloose scene of the summer. The versatile programme provides a full range of folk dance concerts, training courses and night dances. Our 2018 creation “Work and merrymaking” will portray the life of 20th century industrial workers in an urban society, drawing the mood from ramping up the operation and the various stages of cotton milling, nursery rhymes and games, the genteel dances of young adults and the evening social dances of working people.
Sommelo is an international music festival arranged in Kainuu, Finland and Russian Karelia, which are the cradle of most runo singing and other forms of old and new folk music. The event incorporates concerts, courses, conferences, art exhibitions and other attractions for the whole family.