The traditional elements of a Finnish midsummer celebration are fire and water, music and dance, and outdoor games under the national flag and birch trees. Why not bring the whole family to experience the enchanting magic and spells of the midsummer night bonfires at Seurasaari?
|Festival address||Seurasaari, Helsinki Festival on map|
|Phone||+358 9 484 511|
|Office||Huvila 3, Seurasaari, FI-00250 Helsinki|
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.
Bluegrass, polska, fado, klezmer and many other musical styles have resounded through the summer nights of Haapavesi in recent years. Our festival will continue an uncompromising artistic policy of providing a platform for new folk music and other genres, while the 30th folk course will remain the core of this international event.
The 45th Spelit will deliver more than 20 concerts of folk music, dance and singing, the National South Ostrobothnia Folk Singing Competition, the Finnish championships for harmonica and mandolin players, and the Spelit competition for one and two-row accordions.
This lively international folk music and dance festival is an annual celebration of the joy of dance that fills the streets and squares of the old industrial city with a versatile programme of indoor and outdoor concerts, competitions, training events, seminars, night dances and club evenings.