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A separate degree programme in folk music was established at the Sibelius Academy in 1983. This academic year will mark 40 years of playing, singing, studying and dancing to folk music, and already for ten years as part of UniArts Helsinki. The programme has contributed to the preservation and development of folk music traditions in Finland and has resulted in the creation of a whole new professional community of internationally renowned folk music professionals. Today’s folk music brings together a living cultural heritage and personal artistic identity.

The degree programme in folk music will be celebrating its 40th birthday in February 2024 with a jubilee symposium of folk music researchers and this festival concert, which will feature students, graduates and teachers of folk music. The concert culminates with a performance by SibA Folk Big Band, who will also announce the release of their third album.

Eila Hartikainen 
Maari Kallberg 
Anneli Kont 
Sirkka Kosonen 
Anna-Kaisa Liedes 
Outi Pulkkinen 

Arto Järvelä, violin 

Leija Lautamaja, accordion, vocals
Miia Palomäki, accordion, vocals
Maija Pokela,, kantele, vocals
Iida Savolainen, viola, vocals 


SibA Folk Big Band

Additional information: Tiina Halonen,, Eeva Hohti,

Folk mu­sic’s an­niver­sary sym­po­sium

Mannerheimintie renovation project

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10.2.2024 at 19:00 – 21:15



Mannerheimintie 13a

00100 Helsinki

Helsinki Music Centre

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