Siilifolk In English
Ten years, ten points!
Siilifolk: ten points! Now there’s something we can proudly say about Siilifolk 2017 – even in advance. The largest folk music festival of eastern Finland is going to celebrate its 10-year anniversary with performers as great as ever! Being an officially approved ”Suomi100”- event, Siilifolk will also play its part in Finland’s 100-year independency celebrations.
A brand new, huge festival tent will be built to the center of Siilinjärvi, right next to the market square. There, prepared to be protected from both rain as from scorching heat of summer, one can enjoy music, song, dance and other forms of folk arts from early morning to late evening, every day.
In 2017, Siilifolk is rescheduled to start two weeks later than before. The festival used to take place before the biggest folk music festival of Finland, Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, but this year, we’re going to take off immediately after it.
Siilifolk 2017 begins on Monday 17.7., with the best the Savonia region has to offer and ends on Saturday 22.7., with great performances of several choirs and other musicians. Dozens of groups and hundreds of performers will ensure that every day is filled with good music, great dancing and joyful atmosphere for everyone.
The legendary ethnomusic group Piirpauke, faved and absolutely entertaining Agents & Vesa Haaja, heavily popular singer-songwriter Jarkko Martikainen and the classy ambassadors of elder schlager music, T for Three – that’s just a few selected picks of the week.
Being located in Savonia, the core of Finnish humour, laughter and amusement shall naturally be guaranteed for all. Monday night, which is led by the most popular Savonian entertainer Antti Heikkinen and dedicated to Jaakko Teppo, a living legend of Finnish comedy music, is something worth waiting for. Also, colourful and skillful folk dance performances will be brought from Finland and abroad.
In the middle of the festival glee, one can also take moments of calm. The church concert of Kreeta-Maria Kentala, the recent winner of the valued Emma award of classical music, will surely be one of the most delicate moments of Siilifolk, and during the popular folk music service the whole tent shall be hearing a sermon and sing spiritual songs.
The daily programs for the festival week can be found in www.siilifolk.com. You are most welcome to join in and learn at least one word in Savonian: ”Naatitaan!” Please, let’s enjoy!
So: Naatitaan! See you at Siilifolk!