Sizzling hot folk fun on Folklandia

Welcome to Folklandia Cruise, Helsinki – Tallinn
10 January 2020 - 11 January 2020

Finland's biggest folklore winter event opens the festival year for the 25th time on M/S Silja Europa from the 10th to the 11th of January 2020. It will be sizzling hot folk fun once again for everyone!

On the cruise you have a chance to see more than a hundred different ensembles from various countries, all of them being the top names of folk music and folk dance. The Folklandia cruise plays and dances for 22 hours, offering the whole package of folk euforia for 3000 cruise guests. At midnight Folklandia dances Huutokatrilli, midday is reserved for competing in the Finnish championship of Tikkuristi. Hurray Folk! party is dedicated for celebrating those, who have achieved great things on the field of folk.

Finnish championship of Tikkuristi 
Finnish championship of Tikkuristi, that is open for everyone, can be won with fast feet. Tikkuristi is a genre for skilled folks, where solo dancers dance between two sticks crossed over each other. The winner is the one who can dance the longest without touching the sticks, while the tempo of the music keeps speeding up.

The full Folklandia Cruise Program will be published on 15th of November 2019. 

The 2020 ”Together on the crest of the folk wave” events include Ethnogala at Tavastia Club (etnogaala.fi/en) on Thursday 9th of January, FolkForum seminar in Helsinki on Friday 10th of January, Folklandia Cruise from Friday the 10th to Saturday 11th of January and Folklandia After Party on Saturday the 11th of January. Background organizers for the Folklandia cruise are the most important Finnish associations, events and schools in the field of folk. The practical side is organized by Finnish Youth Association's event office Pispala Schottische from Tampere.

We've launched now an open call for international artists: 
Please, fill in the application form by the end of August 2019. Thank you! 

We are a member of CIOFF (The International Council of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Art). 

Kaari & Roni Martin Company, pic by Ilkka Karppanen

We are all equal in Folklandia!
Equality is important to us. Since the year 2009 Finnish Youth Association has declared to be a discrimination free zone. Our goal at the Folklandia cruise is that anyone participating in our activities or events will have have equal opportunities to take part in them and to be treated equally no matter what their background is. In addition to not to discriminate anyone, it is also about understanding, attitudes, way of thinking and considering others.