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Kalevala Festival

41st Annual  
Kalevala Festival 
Kalevala Festival

Kalevala Festival

41st Annual


Join us for the 41st Annual Kalevala Festival, held here at Nordic Heritage Museum!

The Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, is a collection of ancient runes and song-poems compiled by Elias Lönnrot. Lönnrot wrote down the long passages of folk poetry and published them first as the Kalevala in 1835 with a revised publication in 1840.  

This Kalevala Festival is built on the tale sequences of Kalevala with the Finnish Choral Society singing choral compositions by noted composers Sibelius, Merikanto and others, set to lyrics from the Kalevala or Kanteletar. 

Our featured presenter is Dr. Börje Vähämäki past professor of Finnish Studies at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis and the Finnish Studies Program at the University of Toronto. Dr. Vähämäki's speech on the 41st Kalevala Festival is titled "Kalevala and the World View of the Finns".  It will be about Finnish Identity, how it has been formed by historical events, trends, and by Finland’s geographical and political realities.

Other highlights of the Kalevala Festival include folkdancing by the local Finnish dance groups and instrumental performances by the Kalevala Trio (accordion, clarinet, cello).

A social hour starting at 1:30pm begins the Festival with Sahti (a traditional Finnish Brew, made by the Nordic Heritage Museum's brew club) and mini bites, followed with the program.

Cost: $15 general admission, please purchase your tickets at the door

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