Haapavesi Folk Music Festival
28.6. – 30.6.2018


In English

Haapavesi Folk Music Festival

In English

Here is the information we provide in English. If there is something else you would like to know, see the contact details in the end of this page and don’t hesitate to ask!

Haapavesi Folk Music Festival is a special summer event held every year in the end of June, just after our midsummer. The festival consists of a five days long folk music course followed by the actual folk music Festival spanning four to five days.

The Festival was founded in 1989 and the heart of the festival, the Folk Course, a few years earlier in 1987. The program of the festival consists of high quality folk music acts all over the world. Most of the artists represent the Finnish folk music scene, but international artists from all around the world form an essential part of the programme every year. The music from Ireland and North America is in the spotlight every year among music from other different and sometimes exotique countries and cultures. In addition, children haven’t been forgotten when it comes to the selection of artists.

The programme consists of workshops, seminars and concerts in different stages, many of them acoustic. Teachers of the Folk course come from Finland and abroad as well. The course offers the participants the opportunity of getting familiar with different music cultures while also providing first-rate guidance in specific instruments. The course is targeted for all folk music lovers regardless of age. Children have their own teachers in the programme. The festival is organised by the Haapavesi Folk association with a small personnel and a large important group of volunteer workers.

The artistic group of the festival crafts the programme for the festival and the course. See photos of previous festivals – Haapavesi Folk Music Festival!

Program 2017

The list of the artists 2017 and their website/MySpace/Facebook links are updated to the ”Esiintyjät”-page.


Kantele sings in the heart of the international music festival


 Haapavesi Folk Music Festival will be organized for the 29th time and it remains as one of the pearls of the Finnish festival season. Programme is filled with folk and world music along with music for children, jazz, rock and classical music.

The international guests of the festival are the Irish folk music legend Andy Irvine, American bluegrass and old time reformers Grant Gordy and Joe K. Walsh, top Swedish modern folk music performers Ulrika Bodén with Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall –trio, guitar virtuoso Daniel Marques and one of the world’s most talented harmonica players Gabriel Grossi from Brazil and the regular guest of the festival Dutch Ukulelezaza, who has become known with his ukulele.

The Finnish artists include the fresh Emma-winners Tuuletar and Kreeta-Maria Kentala. Erin brings her band of talented rock and folk musicians to Haapavesi Folk Music Festival. Other favourite artists include Tuomari Nurmio, Edu Kettunen, Vesterinen yhtyeineen, Eläkeläiset and Asa. Finnish jazz is represented by Dalindeo and strongly local OK:KO.

Finnish folk music artists in the festival contain bowed lyre shaman Pekko Käppi with his KHHL-trio, accordion virtuoso Markku Lepistö Trio, Timo Alakotila playing a solo piano concert, Karuna and Freija, which plays concerts both in the evening programme and during the children’s day. Children will also enjoy music played by Pentti Rasinkangas ja iKuiset Haapavetiset.

Haapavesi Folk will have some new aspects as well, when the Mäkirinne hall is replaced with a new Verstas stage. The stage will be built into a metal workshop, which offers intimate acoustic solo and duo concerts. Suomi 100-theme will be addressed keeping in mind the long traditions of Haapavesi as an important kantele region by adding a special show into the programme where 100 locals will play the instrument and with a concert from talented kantele player Ida Elina. Along with music the Suomi 100 includes theatre as well: Juha Hurme will give a master class on Finnish literature focusing on Aleksis Kivi and Teatteri Lipstikka performs short stories by Minna Canth.

The 31st Haapavesi Folk summer course upholds the same values as the festival itself: internationality, high level of competence and diversity. Without the course there would not be a festival and vice versa. Many of the performers on stage are also giving lessons in the course. The summer course will be the 104th Folk course when all the courses since 1987 are taken into account.

The courses organized in the Haapavesi Folk High School will have 27 teachers from six different countries. Among the traditional instrument and singing courses there will be specialized courses on pair dancing, Laulunkieli-course and children’s course. The variety is broad from old music to pop and Swedish polska to American styles. Over 200 participants are to be waited for the courses. The most popular instruments are string instruments and violin. Children and families will have guided activities for the whole week.

The event’s art directors 2017 are Piia Kleemola-Välimäki and Petri Hakala. Timo Hannula will be the course director.

Contact information


Timo Hannula
Mob. +358 44 759 1298

Ingrid Dits
Mob. +358 40 868 2290

Executive director

Pirjo Karjalainen
Mob. +358 44 333 9333

Festival office

Haapavesi Folk r.y.
Teknotalo 1 B
86600 Haapavesi

Folk-park (the festival area)

Teollisuustie 2, Haapavesi

Program /Artistic Director

Teija Niku

Haapavesi Folk Music Festival, other sites in Internet

Like us on Facebook!

Haapavesi Folk Channel in YouTube!

Our Profile in
Folk Music-portal of Finland
Kansanmusiikki.fi profile