Finnish Folk Music Institute (est. 1974, Kansanmusiikki-instituutti in Finnish) is situated in Kaustinen, a municipality of 4300 inhabitants in Central Osthrobothnia. Our personnel is 4 permanent and 2 project employees. Finnish Folk Music Institute is literally surrounded by Kaustinen fiddling tradition, an exceptionally well preserved and living folk fiddling tradition.
Year of accreditation: 2018
Domain(s): (b) performing arts; (c) social practices, rituals and festive events
Main Safeguarding measures: a) identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making); b) preservation, protection; c) promotion, enhancement; d) transmission, (non-) formal education.
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 politics
Main countries where the NGO works: Finland
Local, national or international level of the NGO: Our field of activity covers all Finnish folk music. Due to our location we work in firm co-operation with other local NGOs in safeguarding the Kaustinen region fiddling tradition. Internationally we co-operate especially with other Nordic ICH NGOs through shared projects.