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Folklandia Cruise, Helsinki – Tallinn
12 January 2018 – 13 January 2018 Folklandia
– The treasury of living heritage!

Folklandia gets its content from the sources of intangible cultural heritage. The living heritage has been the basis of the event’s program already 23 times since the year 1996. In January, nearly 3000 major consumers of folk music and dance enjoy the whole 24 hours of phenomena of folk music and the wonderful performances of folk dance experts.

Living heritage can be seen on the bench of a fiddler, in the rumble of sauna songs, in a heated quadrille, in the middle of tikkuristi competition or in the ambiance of the music by forest Finns. The clubs and concerts of Folklandia are filled with pearls waiting to be discovered.

Folklandia also wants to be a frontrunner in equality. We find it important that everyone participating in the event has the right to enjoy the unique atmosphere without being discriminated or bullied, regardless their gender, age, ethnic background, religion or beliefs, opinions, health, disabilities or sexual orientation.

Let’s enjoy the year of folk music and dance 2018 – equally and with all that it brings!

Folklandia Cruise 2018
Jukka Heinämäki
Finnish Youth Association

Some folk it hot!

The biggest folklore winter event Folklandia opens the festival year once again on M/S Silja Europa from the 12th to 13th of January 2018. On the cruise you can find 120 performance groups: the top names of folk music and folk dance all around Finland and around the globe too from five different countries.

Myths and Afro beats

One of the interesting international music guests is awarded Troska Polska (DEN), that plays modern Scandinavian folk and in the music you can find trolls, giants and elves. The music of the ensemble rises from the world of Nordic legends and folklore. The result is playful and happy folk music, which chimes lush moss.
Singer-songwriter Ndioba will also take you to a magical ambiance. In his music you can hear Senegalese mbalax, Nigerian afro beat, hip hop plus Brazilian and Cuban rhythms. Ndioba (BRA, SEN, MOZ, FIN) is also a name for a multicultural ensemble with its guitarist Valtteri Bruun, drummer Chico Matada and percussionist Luiz Black.
Karelia’s bumpy roads and the power of singing

One of the Finnish ensembles is Suistamon Sähkö, which was recently chosen as the Artist of the Year in Ethnogala and is led by Anne-Mari Kivimäki. They will dance their listeners to trance. The ensemble plays new Karelian dance music using machines, a Russian toy accordion, power of singing and rap. The inspirations for the songs are the bumpy roads of Karelia, grinding mills and scratchy tapes of the archives.

Love and stripped down folklore

Folklandia is also a Mecca for dance. About 50 different dance groups will attend Folklandia. Motora from Joensuu (FIN) is bringing us a dance theater performance called “Love story of hundred years”, written and directed by Tero Sarkkinen, and it takes us to a time travel with Akseli and Elina, from Finland on the verge of independence to its present day. Tragic lovers in Bosnia war inspired the story. It is composed by Jussi-Pekka Piirainen and choreography is done by Tiina Lindblad, Eveliina Pilke and Mitja Pilke.

Lot of us have an idea what Hunks are: masculine trotting, fit male bodies, professionals of show business. But how about these guys doing folk? The result will be shown on the opening performance of the dance club Rahvaanmusiikin kerho “Stripped down folklore a la Hunks”. The choreography is by Jouni Prittinen and Hunks on stage are Jucci, Matias, Riku, Antti and Ville.


Folklandia with sugar and spice and everything nice

The selection of Finnish music and dance in Folklandia is with such a range, that everyone will surely find their favorites. Someone wants to do a little dance, the other go in to a trance. First one likes it rough, the other one not so tough. Folklandia is for instance a promised land of duos.

Sauna is for life’s happiness…
One of the ensembles on stage is the troubadoure ensemble of Aapo Niininen and Kimmo Numminen. The ensemble was also a nominee for the phenomenon of the year in Ethnogala. The repertoire has been collected straight from the people, from a popular website and its discussions, and is composed to fit the mood. The members of the ensemble have been called modern day Lönnrots and their texts have even been used in Finnish language books taught in Finnish schools.

Sauna is the gift from the goddesses…
From the sauna compartment, from Tupsun juuri, you can find “Double whiskey and orange juice”: Minna Siitonen and Soila Sariola, the versatile music and theater professionals. The duo travels with the audience to the “silenced cultural heritage of our people” through stand up comedy. The cocktail is mixed with surprise guests.

One of the more fresh ensembles is a duo called “Luo” by Heini Lehtonen and Harri Nyman, that plays folk and country themed songs composed by Nyman and folk songs of the world. According to them the most beautiful songs are created in one’s living room, in the desert, the Alps, lagoons, gardens, metropolis, and in agony and joy.

More and more water to create the steam…
More musical steam is created by MäSä-Duo that is also mentioned in the Madventures world music book called Mad Music and that also won the Konsta Jylhä competition in Kaustinen 2017. The folk violin player Kyösti Järvelä meets the rhythmic accordion of Lauri Kotamäki. The repertoire includes mainly adapted folk music songs and songs learned from old masters, sleigh songs, couplets, tunes by folk musicians and medleys.

Duo JAB plays and sings modern folk music with a hint of old jazz and ballad traditions. In addition to singing one can hear the flute, saxophones and guitars – occasionally even three at once. The duo plays the works of Marita Jääskeläinen from Nilsiä (FIN), whose songs have not been performed that much in public.

More and more water on the hot stones
You can’t heat up the sauna without wood. Finnskog Special of Arto Järvelä and Mats Berglund goes to the resin smelling forest with a force. The duo brings us violin music from the Finnish forests, Värmland of Sweden and Solør ja Österdal of Norway. Behind the most famous aliases one can find very Finnish violin fiddlers like Per Lumiainen, Ola Porkkala and Pekka Tiainen.

23rd time’s the charm! Folklandia cruises since 1996
Folklandia Gala

Folklandia gala announces and celebrates the renowned participants and influential people of folk dance and music: The Director of the Year, The Young Folk Musician of the Year, The Ensemble of the Year of Kaustinen, The Dance Act of the Year, The Folk Music Record of the Year and Wäinö of the Year. Performances for example from Tanhumies and folk dance ensemble Polokkarit from Oulu (FIN).
Ocean Club, 8th deck, from 6.30 to 7.30 pm

Huutokatrilli on two decks
The shared midnight moment of all the cruise guests. The screamer of Huutokatrilli is folk dance master Antti Savilampi and the music is provided by folk music ensemble Häävi. If you miss it, you can still make it to the other Huutokatrilli on the 7th deck that starts 12.30 am where the screamer is Paula Kettu.
Ocean Club, 8th deck, from 11.45 pm to 12.15 am. Fast Lane, 7th deck, from 12.30 am to 1 am

Finnish championship of Tikkuristi
Finnish championship of Tikkuristi, that is open for everyone, can be won with fast feet. Tikkuristi is 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. Registration for the contest at the Folklandia info on Saturday by 11 am, on the 7th deck or half an hour before the competition starts.
Ocean Club, 8th deck, from 12 pm to 12.30 pm

The folk dance ensemble of the year of Pispala Schottische
The folk dance ensemble of the year is named every two years and the title is given to a group that represents Finnish folk dance in exemplary way. The ensemble is also the main performer of the 2018 Pispalan Schottische. First time the folk dance ensemble of the year was chosen in 1990.
The announcement in Theater Europa, 6th deck, from 2pm to 3 pm

Hilarious Folklandia quiz
Solve it by yourself or with a group! Tough quiz which rebuses that hide different things inside them, all related to the topics in hand. Hannut, Nipuli and Ala-Sankola host the competition. Amazing prices are waiting!
The competition forms can be collected starting at 6 pm, the return of the forms by 2 pm, Folklandia info, 7th deck

Theme of 2018:
“With all the trimmings – the living heritage of folk music and dance”

A unique event providing the coolest folk music in an openly experimental style that draws on tradition and respects the folk heritage. The biggest winter happening in the world of folk music and dance will kick off the Finnish festival year on 12-13 January 2018 as we celebrate our 23rd season on the theme of “With all the trimmings – the living heritage of folk music and dance”. Folklandia is backed by the main organisations, events and educational institutions in the field of folk music and dance.
A more detailed program will be released in December 2017.


Last year:
Folklandia Cruise 2017
EVERYBODY SINGS- Folklandia Cruise sings and dances for Finland

The friends of folk music and folk dance come together for the 22nd time in Folklandia Cruise to open a new year with an especially festive mood. The cruise celebrates 100-year-old Finland by dancing, playing and singing. Finlandia hymn and Karjalan poikia transfer in to whole new forms through folk musician and folk singers.Folk Music and Dance in Finland has named a song as the theme for the upcoming year, and that shows in Folklandia Cruise especially as a chance to sing together. On Folklandia Cruise you can sing along for example to province songs, cuplés, sledging songs and folklore from the archives.In addition to domestic performers, international guests are arriving from seven different countries. All in all Folklandia Cruise has almost 130 performance ensembles. Also intangible cultural heritage embodiments are announced at the event. Folklandia Cruise returns to the renewed Silja Europa after three years. Folklandia Cruise background organizers want to wish everyone a joyous independence jubilee year and a fantastic folk music and folk dance year of 2017. Jukka HeinämäkiFinnish Youth Association, Folklandia Cruise 2017

Chillingly hot ecstasy! – International Guests

From the boat whistling, folk, rap and sizzling of ice rafts can be heard. The Folklandia cruise offers top names from seven different countries: England, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Denmark, Russia and Estonia. In the rich program buffet the best is served and the performers are the cream of the crop.Dynamic, flowing and wild atmospherePuuluup, the hot name in music in Estonia mixes folk in to world’s music, underground and pop. The voice landscape of the duo is made out of combined sounds of jouhikko, some enhanced naturally and some electronically, and they form dance beats and in between dark movie-like shades. Another performer from Estonia is a singer and kantele player Mari Kalkun & Runorun from Võru, who finds her power from sledging songs, modern poetry and fenno-ugric music.Modern folk music ensemble Duo Systram formed by Swedish twins Klara and Fanny Kallström steers clear of definitions. The dynamic and flowing music ties violin and cello together, and the listener feels like the music flies them through the forests of Ångermanland.Fabulous and exciting soundsSeveral international ensembles performing in Folklandia have also some Finnish musicians as part of the team. The ensemble May Monday, with versatile masters like Karen Tweed (UK) and Timo Alakotila, puts together an interesting mixture of English-Irish folk music and Nordic folk music. Another fascinating ensemble is a Finnish-Danish-British called Baltic Crossing, whose speciality is to turn a combination of different music styles into fabulous songs that make you want to put on your dance shoes. The band includes Kristian Bugge, Ian Stephenson, Andy May and Esko and Antti Järvelä. Floating with boat is also the Danis-Finnish supertrio Nordik Tree.Speed, flying and glidingInternational color for the dance part of the cruise is brought by Queixume dos Pinos, a Galician group performing traditional Spanish folk dances accompanied by bagpipes. Slovenia brings us a speedy student group Academic Folk dance group Student, who brings the traditional chair and hat dances with them. And then from Russia, the vivid and colorful Petersburg Souvenir is visiting with their orchestra

Wildly passionate, wistful and tender – National Guests

Folklandia has the pleasure to start the festival year “Finland 100 years”. G major is the key. Kihtinäjärvi Records has produced a piece to Folklandia: “Karjalan poikia – Finland 100 years”. In the piece the polka “Karjalan poikia” is played, sang and danced in various ways. According to the theme of the year 2017, set by the Folk Music and Dance in Finland, songs sang on the boat differ from old school songs to Finlandia and sledging songs to hit songs, and all of these are sang as a choir, solo, alone and together. Pioneers, strong sounds and spells of love The pioneer of Finnish rap is charmed by the variety in arts and the society and the many dimensions of music. Because of that, an open-minded rhytm section Laitakaupungin orkesteri will have Paleface as their lead singer. Folk instrument orchestra Folk Big Band (FBB) conquers the stage with a spiritual, strong ensemble of 40. FBB promises new songs in addition to the well-known hits, and even performance debuts. Energetic Tsuumi Sound System, led by Hannu Kella, is also heard on the boat. Critics have been describing them as volcano-like modern folk music ensemble. An ensemble arriving to their maiden voyage is Accrowbatics, consisting the outstanding accordion playing folk musicians Markku Lepistö, Jari Komulainen, Pekka Pentikäinen and Juha Virtanen, a group that has never been heard before. The genius with jouhikko, Pekko Käppi, comes to Folklandia with an ensemble called Pekko Käppi & K.H.H.L. This means blood, death and spells of love mixing folk, heavy metal and Finnish folk dance. Desirée Saarela & Triskelin on the other hand are celebrating today’s singer-songwriter tradition in folk music on their brand new folk music record. Hems of the skirt of the Maiden of Finland, growing pains and rootlessnessFrom Finland the joy of dance comes for instance through a fragment by Dance theater Hämy or the mythological mixture written and directed by Petri Kauppinen, “Suomi Hall of Fame”, a piece where the homeland heroes are in the hems of the skirt of the Maiden of Finland. ”Hässäkkä Goes Ultra Bra – Sokeana hetkenä” by Elssa Antikainen and Hanna Poikela is a tribute to the band Ultra Bra and through familiar songs deals with themes related to young adults such as freedom, passion and letting go. “Juuret”, a Karelian folk dance and folk music piece, by Ottoset ja Häävi tells about roots and rootlessness. Piece by Miia Timonen, Tuomas Alamikkelä, Sampo Korva and Vuokko Korva talks about the fact how some people are ripped away from their roots and some leave voluntarily, but how to keep the connection no matter what. And this is obviously not all, folks! Learn more about the program.

Folklandia’s showcase ensembles 2017

Showcase ensembles have been chosen: FairTrad from Lahti and a duo mammantytöt! from Helsinki. The chosen ensembles will perform in Folklandia Cruise on 13th to 14th of January, 2017. The panel of judges included musician Esko Järvelä; promotion and project manager Henna Salo and cultural producer of Pispala Schottische Jussi Kaijankangas. The showcase, that was organized this year for the second time, had 10 applicants. The goal of the showcase is to offer young folk music ensembles new performing opportunities. Finnish Youth Association organizes the event with cooperation of the background organizers of Folklandia Cruise. Event also partners up with Music Finland.


is a new, fresh and delightful duo, who charms with their vibrant harmony singing, rambunctious way of playing and wild whistling solos. Duo was founded autumn 2015 when the girls started their studies in the University of the Arts, in Sibelius Academy, folk music as their major. The motto of the duo is “glitter and trad!”. Girls describe their music with a name cool Finnish folk. The debut album of the duo is published in Folklandia 2017. DUO: Laura Petäjä – vocals, cello, double bass and Vilma Jääskeläinen – vocals, violin, pump organ. FairTrad. is the new name in the field of prog folk. Unique and experimental band also defines their music as ethnic pop and street folk music. All the young musicians of the ensemble compose, write lyrics, play and sing.


was founded in 2012. The instrument repertoire includes also banjo, bansuri, glockenspiel, madal and djembe. On the Faces festival 2013 the ensemble won the title of Finland’s master of street music. Debut album is published during the spring 2017. ENSEMBLE: Valtteri Tuukkanen (drums/percussions), Set Häkkinen (vocals/guitar/ukulele-bass), Matleena Käppi (vocals/wind instruments/glockenspiel), Saku Knuuttila (vocals/guitar/ukulele-bass/mouth organ).