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* The Kaustinen Music Festival *
(as experienced by Heikki and Linda Penttila)
by Sharon Mackey
About 50 people attended the July 13, 2015, meeting of the Finnish Heritage Museum in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. Heikki and Linda Penttila presented the program, “The Kaustinen Folk Music Festival.” Their presentation included the origins and history of the festival in that community of musicians. The picture at left adequately shows the magnitude of the event. (photo from Kaustinen book by Terttu Hanhiskoski.) The festival is an annual event.
Since 1968, the small, beautiful, community of Kaustinen (three hours north of Helsinki by train) has hosted a festival of traditional Finnish music. The international community is also invited to come and celebrate their folk music. The thousands of musicians who come to play at the festival have a variety of venues which they can utilize. In addition to the many stages set up throughout the grounds, music makers often play
anywhere they can find space, including right outside the van that brought them to the festival. Music and dancing continue into the wee hours, as does the midnight sun. Click Here for the full story.