Welcome to the IV International Kantele Competition in Kaustinen!

Registrate your ensemble’s repertoire here by 28th of February! For children’s event KanteleKimara the deadline is 31st of March. You can read the rules here.

Take a look at the competition’s time table here .


Kantele Association is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017. Together with Kantele Teachers’ Association we will arrange the IV International Kantele Competition in Kaustinen, Finland from 5th to 7th of May 2017 in co-operation with Kaustinen commune, Kaustinen Folk Arts Centre and Folk Music Institute. We welcome every kantele and related instrument ensemble from all around the world to compete and enjoy the competition regardless of genre, age or group size!

Kaustinen has a unique kantele tradition that is still going strong. A whole kantele playing style has been named after the river that runs through Kaustinen and nearby areas: the Perhonjokilaakso technique.

The important kantele pioneer Kreeta Haapasalo was also born in Kaustinen in the beginning of the 19th century. Kreeta Haapasalo was among the first Finnish artists who performed around the country and even abroad earning her living through touring. She was also one of the first musicians to give a voice to Finnish folk culture through her kantele playing and singing. She was an important figure in the Golden Age of Finnish arts which by enforcing the national identity and evoking a sense of pride for our own culture partly led to Finland’s declare of independence in 1917. Therefore kantele also has a valuable part in Finland’s celebration of 100 years of independence in 2017.

Though Kaustinen is small, it has strong international connections. Kaustinen Folk Music Festival is already celebrating it’s 50th anniversary. Since Kaustinen, Finland and Kantele Association are celebrating their important milestones the same year what could be a better place for our kantele competition?

It is important to us that every participant of the competition will enjoy their time in Kaustinen and in Finland. We are trying to make it as easy as possible to participate in the competition. That is why we are trying to arrange affordable accommodation, transportation from the capital area and buffet lunch for those participants who are interested in these options. We welcome you warmly to Finland! Please contact me if you have any questions concerning the competition! Email me: kilpailut@kantele.net .

See you in Kaustinen, Finland in 2017!
Yours sincerely,

Leeni Wegelius
The Producer of the IV International Kantele Competition
Kantele Association and Kantele Teachers’ Association
28th of October in Espoo, Finland

Info letter 23.3.

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Info letter 21.3.

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Info letter 23.2.

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Info letter 19.2.

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