The Center of National Cultures and Folk Art (Russia, Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk) invites you to take part in the XI International Festival of Folk Music ”Kantele”. The festival will take place in the Republic of Karelia from February to October 2018.

The program of the Festival of Folk Music ”Kantele” in 2018 includes three events:информ.письмо_kantele18_рус_eng

1. Competition for the creation of works for Kantele (February-July).
Professional composers and amateur authors from any country can take part in the competition. Grand Prix of the competition is 40 thousand rubles (500 euros).

Nominations of the Competition:

”Live traditions” – works based on processing and styling of folk melodies (for solo, ensembles, orchestras);
”Classics in strings” – works of academic orientation; ”The world of popular music” – works in variety styles, jazz compositions;

”Avangard” – works of original musical direction, compositions created with the help of media technologies.

Applications and competitive materials are accepted from 01 February to 01 July 2018. It is necessary to submit the Application (in a free form: the author’s name, date of birth, e-mail, the author’s creative description, the title of the work), the score of the work (recruited in the editors of Sibelius or Finale), annotation on the presented work, audio or video recording of the contest work can be optionally attached in order to participate in the Competition. The work should be specially written for this competition.

The competition will be held in absentia, information about the winners will be posted on on July 11, 2018 after the jury’s meeting.

The Center of National Cultures and Folk Art of the Republic of Karelia 185035, the Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk, Lenin’s Square, 2 phone/fax: (8142)78-20-48, e-mail:


2. The international ethno-camp of young performers on the traditional instruments of the countries of the Barents region ”Kantele-CAMP” (June, Petrozavodsk)

Ethno-camp ”Kantele-CAMP” is held in order to strengthen interregional and international cultural cooperation of young performers on folk instruments of the Barents region. Participants aged from 16 to 24 from the countries of the Barents Region: Russia, Norway, Sweden and Finland are invited to take part in the ethno-camp.

Participants of the creative ethno-camp ”Kantele – CAMP” will be able to share their musical experience in introducing new forms of performing arts, approbation of the synthesis of modern (DJing, electronic music) and folk musical instrumental creativity within the framework of the experimental improvisation platform.

The result of the work of the ethno-camp is supposed to be a concert and presentation of a unique composite orchestra of folk and modern national instruments.

Ethno-shift will be held from 25 to 30 June 2018 in the city of Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia (Russia), applications are accepted until April 20. The required expenses (fare, nutrition, accommodation) will be paid by the inviting party.

3. Competition of young performers on stringed national instruments (October).
The competition will take place in the final days of the Festival in one round from 25 to 27 of October, 2018. Ensembles and individual performers who play on stringless instruments from the age of 10 to 23 years are invited to participate. Applications for participation in the competition are accepted until June 1, 2018.

Nutrition, accommodation in an economy-class hotel, free master classes, excursion and cultural services on the days of the competition are provided for participants by organizers.

We invite you to take part in the events of the festival.
You can contact by e-mail: on all questions.

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