Kaustinen Folk Music Festival


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Kaustinen Folk Music Festival

Third week in July
Scandinavia's largest international festival of folk music and dance, Finland's Kaustinen Folk Music Festival was founded in 1968 to preserve Finnish folk music, dance, and art. Only Finnish amateur groups participated in the beginning, but in recent years the festival has included performances by groups from Japan, Greenland, Canada, the United States, and other foreign countries. There are scheduled performances in local banquet halls as well as impromptu sidewalk jam sessions and open air competitions among musicians and dancers. Special events include the Kaustinen Cavalcade, a display of local musicians' talents, and a grand folk music parade.
CONTACTS:
Kansantaiteenkeskus-Folk Arts Centre
PL 11
Kaustinen, 69601 Finland
358-6-0207-2911; fax: 358-6-0207-2912
www.kaustinen.net/index.asp?main=3
SOURCES:
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 77
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 95
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It is generally agreed that the starting point of the Finnish folk music revival was the first Kaustinen Folk Music Festival in 1968, which brought many folk performers to national recognition.
Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, July 15-23; 358 6 8604 111, fax 358 6 8604 222, www.