Kaustinen’s concert offerings are largely streamed online for the virtual festival audience to see.
Caustic folk music festivals have not yet returned to normal this year, that is, to the open city festivities swarming on every street corner.
However, festivals are organized, and it is possible for Kaustinen to see great concerts both in the Central Ostrobothnia Arena and in the Kaustinen Hall of the Folk Art Center, says the program director Anne-Mari Hakamäki.
“The biggest difference from the past is that this time we are offering individual concerts. This year, there is no festival area or festival activities, no liquor and no normal by-sales, ”Hakamäki says.
The Caustic Hall can accommodate 50 listeners, and the concert will host 10 concerts, each with 500 tickets for sale. There are still tickets left for all the concerts, Hakamäki says.
“We hope people buy tickets in advance so there is no need to turn anyone out the door.”
Usually Kaustinen would gather thousands of fiddlers and folk music listeners during the week. About 17,000 tickets are sold each year, and there are about 50,000 visits a week.
“This year we will go so corona-safe, with music ahead,” Hakamäki says.
However, do Kaustinen expect surprise visitors who will come to the cradle of folk music to play on the corners of the streets, even though there are no festivals per se?
“There are rumors that someone says they will come anyway, but it’s hard to know in advance,” Hakamäki says.
In the evening concerts there are two artists or bands per concert. Vesala-Järvelä-Rahmel, among others, will take to the arena, Ismo Alanko, Mariska, Feed tines and Frigg.
From the end of the week, the Arena will also have performances in the afternoons, when the focus will be on Caustic music. On Saturday, the accordion artist will perform at the day’s concert Maria Kalaniemi and harmonica master Eero Grundström, and Anne Mattila With Tallar celebrating his 35th birthday.
“It is the luck of the Caustic people that we are able to organize big concerts locally. We feel that, as a festival, we have a significant cultural policy role on a large scale as a preserver of both local traditions and, more broadly, fiddler culture, ”says Hakamäki.
The Kaustinen Hall features a violinist, among others Crete-Maria Kentala and harpsichordists Tea Polso. In their music, they combine early Baroque sonatas with South Ostrobothnian polski.
Virtually Kaustinen’s folk music festivals can be attended from further afield. Evening concerts and Kaustinen Hall’s program will be streamed Virtual Caustic, and you can also remotely watch the champions’ championships. There are also lectures and, for example, a song workshop for children.
The viewing right can be purchased either for 24 hours or for the whole week. Some of the material is free.
“On the virtual side, insane entities are coming, including a concerted documentary that introduces the bridal dress tradition associated with crown weddings.”
An international program is also offered virtually. There are performers from Uzbekistan, Nepal, Denmark, Norway, Scotland and Italy.
As a theme Kaustinen has Polska this year. The main concert of the theme will be seen on Thursday in Kaustinen Hall.
“It tells the story of Polska’s history and present day and highlights its many different forms,” says Hakamäki.
The provincial theme this year is Kymenlaakso. Artists from Kymenlaakso have prepared a video for Kaustinen with a large group, Hakamäki says.
Next The preparations for the festival are already underway, and the program has already been drawn up very well, Hakamäki says.
Next year, Kaustinen may have a reason to celebrate anyway, as it seems very likely that the Caustic violin tradition will be listed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in December.
“It’s a great thing for our field. Its importance cannot be overemphasized, ”says Hakamäki.