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THE FINNISH FOLK MUSIC INSTITUTE IS A CENTRE FOR THE RESEARCH AND PRESENTATION OF FINNISH FOLK MUSIC AND DANCE

Our premises are in the Folk Art Centre at Kaustinen, Central Ostrobothnia. The extensive archive and reference library are accessible for any user. The material consists of audio and video recordings, photos, literature and a newspaper clipping collection of over 100 000 pieces.

The Folk Music Institute is also a significant publisher: the album collection features archive collections as well as contemporary folk music, and the range of books consists of sheet music and scientific publication from the field of folk music and tradition.

Finnish Folk Music Institute is literally surrounded by Kaustinen fiddling tradition, an exceptionally well preserved and living folk fiddling tradition.

Finnish Folk Music Institute supports Finnish folk music and folk dance communities in safeguarding their intangible cultural heritage by:

  • documenting living folk music and dance traditions
  • publishing recordings, books and notes on Finnish folk music
  • educating children in folk music and ICH
  • educating academic folk music students
  • advancing research of folk music and dance
  • participating in organizing the biggest folk music and dance festival in Finland
  • networking nationally and internationally with other folk music and heritage organizations
  • promoting the interests of folk music and ICH in national cultural politic

Contact information

Visit us at Jyväskyläntie 3 69600 Kaustinen Finland

We’re open at (mon-fri)  9-16