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Teaching South African marimbas in Kaustinen schools following a co-operation project with a South African school marimba band, 2018. © Lauri Oino/Finnish Folk Music Institute archive.

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:

Recording and archiving information on folk music performers in Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, 2016. © Lauri Oino/Finnish Folk Music Institute archive.

  • 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.



Year of accreditation: 2018
Main country where the NGO works: Finland
Social: Facebook
Address: Jyväskyläntie 3, 69600 Kaustinen, Finland
Telephone: Tel +358-40-358 8921
Responsible NGO: Matti Hakamäki, director

One Comment

  • Rineke Cramer says:


    I am a member of a Dutch choir which sings folk music from all over the world. We want to sing the finnish song “Rati riti ralla”. We have the text in Finnish but I couldn’t find a translation. Can you help us? By the way, we allready sing Kullan ylistys.
    Thanks in advance, Rineke Cramer

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