Diversity of Music Heritage

8–9 June 2023, Folk Art Centre, Kaustinen, Finland. The event will also be broadcast online through a live stream.


Heritage has become an increasingly attractive area of activity, whether in official cultural policies, tourist destinations, or academic inquiries. Concerning music, there are numerous heritage sites around the world, as well as the network of Cities of Music, sanctioned by UNESCO. Music features centrally also in global and national listings of intangible cultural heritage.

In music research, there is a growing body of relevant analyses, notably in the fields of ethnomusicology and popular music studies. Consequently, there is arguably a dual focus either on non-European folk and traditional musics with an interest in human and minority rights, or on popular music as a component in the originality of cities and other localities, as well as in their promotion and branding. In both cases heritagisation of music is intertwined with cultural politics, music tourism and exploitation of immaterial property rights, not to mention developing digital innovations or music in the museum, for instance when considering how institutional holdings and responses to music’s cultural and economic value are managed.


Thursday June 8th 2023

14:30 Opening Ceremony – Welcoming Words

Professor Antti-Ville Villén, Uniarts Helsinki & University of Cambridge

Director Matti Hakamäki, Finnish Folk Music Institute, Kaustinen

15:00 What have styles and genres got to do with music heritage?
Thematic session / Giacomo Bottà, Janne Mäkelä, and Outi Valo

16:00 Coffee Break

16:30 Individual Papers

Making and keeping popular music heritage in-between institutions / Anna Peltomäki

The Haçienda Must Be Built – Sensory Heritage of the 1980s Manchester Nightclub / Airin Tegelmann

Locality in the ’90s and ’00s Pori Alternative Music Scene / Tommi Iivonen

The Spelmanslag as an arena for exploring music heritage / Sven Midgren

17:50 Break

19:00 Dinner & Jam
Only for the participants registered to participate in the symposium and dinner before 1 June

Friday June 9th 2023

9:00 Keynote Speech
Music as Living Heritage.The Sounding Diversity of Humanity / Tiago de Oliveira Pinto, UNESCO Chair Holder, Head of Musicology Department in University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar & Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

10:00 Break

10:20 Individual Papers

Visual representations of the Italian sonic past: TV, films and documentaries / Fiamma Mozzetta 

Recreating Traditional Chinese Music as Cultural Heritage and Its Role in Shaping China’s Image: A Case Study of the 2020-2023 Chinese Spring Festival Gala / Kong Tianshu

11:00 Short introduction to Näppäri-method for folk music education / Lauri Oino

11:30 Concert: Grand final for the folk music course for children and youth using a Näppäri-method for folk music education (not included in the live-stream)

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Nordic and Baltic Network on ICH: Community involvement and research on intangible cultural heritage
Thematic session
Aivar Ruukel, Soomaa National Park, Estonia
Helen Külvik, Seto Institute, Estonia
Matti Hakamäki, Finnish Folk Music Institute, Kaustinen, Finland

14:30 Individual Papers

Grunnderground: Underground Music Scenes and the Creation of Regional Identity and Heritage in the Netherlands / Job Wester

Politics of heritage music in formal education: Lessons from Runosong culture to culturally sustainable education / Arja Kastinen and Vilma Timonen

15:10 Ending Ceremony


Kaustinen is a rural municipality of roughly 4 300 inhabitants, located in Central Ostrobothnia some 450 km north of Helsinki, the capital of Finland, and known for Kaustinen annual Folk Music Festival in July which in 2022 brought in 43 000 visitors. There is also at the same time a large folk music course for children and youth (usually around 300 participants) in Kaustinen, so these dates also give a great view of the Näppäri method of music education.

The symposium organisers provide a chartered bus ride from Seinäjoki railway station to Kaustinen on Thursday 8 June from the morning train, leaving at 8.24 from the Helsinki Railway station (Train number: InterCity 23). The train will be in Seinäjoki at 11.05 and the bus leaves after that to Kaustinen (a 1.5-hour drive). There is also a chartered bus ride from Kaustinen to Seinäjoki on Friday 9 June after ending the symposium. Using the chartered bus drive it is possible to catch the train leaving from Seinäjoki railway station at 18.28 (arrives in Helsinki at 21.35, Train number: Pendolino 34). Train tickets must be purchased before boarding the train. Please, register to use the chartered bus by filling out the registration form for the symposium.

If you’re traveling another time, the nearest railway station is Kokkola, 4 hours from Helsinki and 45 km from Kaustinen; for travel options, see the train connections, and for bus connections from Kokkola to Kaustinen. There are also direct bus connections from Helsinki to Kaustinen offered by OnniBus (the timetable for June will be published later).

Accommodation will be available for example at Hotel Kaustinen. Please make your reservations directly to the hotel’s email address info@hotellikaustinen.fi


Registration for the event is free of charge and open to all guests.

To participate in the event you must fill out the online form.

Registration for participants is open until 7 June.

The symposium is a joint effort between the research project ”Diversity of Music Heritage in Finland”, funded by Kone Foundation and hosted by the University of the Arts Helsinki in collaboration with the Finnish Folk Music Institute, and the Nordic and Baltic network on Intangible Cultural Heritage.


To contact us, reach kmi@kaustinen.fi or antton.nikula@uniarts.fi.


8.6.2023 – 9.6.2023


Folk Art Centre, Kaustinen

Kansantaiteenkeskus Oy

Jyväskyläntie 3


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