An Incomplete List of Music and Dance Events in the Nordic Countries

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Update in progress.  Usually the web sites listed will have current information.


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August  8-9, 2009
Roskilde Spillemandsstævne,   webpage:

September  2-4, 2011
Højby Stævne, small festival with dancing, Danish, Swedish, & Norwegian folk groups.  Concerts, dances, & courses in dancing & a variety of instruments.    webpage: < >.

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See Finland Festivals and <>for information on festivals in Finland

June 13-17, 2012
Pispala Schottische in Tampere. Pispala Schottische will bring thousands of Finnish and international folk dancers and musicians to the industrial  city of Tampere. The theme of Pohjola’s feast will add an epic Kalevala flavour to the proceedings this year.
Enquiries: Tel.:(011-358) 03-2122147 Fax: (011-358) 020 716 6756 E-mail: Internet:

June 28-July 1, 2012
Jutajaiset, International Folklore Festival of Nightless Nights in Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland. The Jutajaiset in Rovaniemi is the epitome of the Lapland summer, with its nightless nights, free-flowing streams and reindeer round up. Artists and enthusiasts from a wide variety of fields will bring their own special contributions from the vibrant village culture of the northlands to the festival stages. As an international encounter point for professional and amateur artists, this year's Jutajaiset will also mark the 125 anniversary of the Finnish youth association movement. Tel.: (011 358) (0)400 530 598 Fax: (011-358) (0)16-315453 E-mail: Internet:

July 6-7 , 2012
Kihaus Folk Music Festival in Rääkkylä, Finland.  Karelian and Finno-Ugric music meet music from other parts of the world at Kihaus Folk Festival in early July. The role of Kihaus Folk Festival is unique among Finnish folk music festivals. It takes place in Northern Karelia, very near the Russian border, so it is easy to understand that the Karelian folk music and the folk music and folk dance of other Finno-Ugrian people have been the dominating themes at Kihaus during all these years. The home of Kihaus is Rääkkylä, which is a small municipality with about 2700 inhabitants in Eastern Finland, 450 km to northeast from Helsinki. The geographical situation links together the Karelia from the both sides of the border, i.e., Finnish Karelia and Russian Karelia. Address:  Kihaus Folk Music Festival, Kinnulantie 14, FIN-82300 Rääkkylä, Finland, Phone (011-358) - 13 229 901,  Fax: (011-358) 50 307 0539, Email: , Webpage:

July 9-15, 2012
Kaustinen Festival , in Kaustinen, Finland - has lots of bands from many places, an excellent festival. webpage  Kaustinen Folk Festival, PL 24, 69061 Kaustinen, Finland. Tel 011-358 40 17 29 566 11. Fax (011-358) 20 729 1200

July 6-8, 2012
Kymenlaakso Folk Art and Folk Music Festival in Miehikkälä, Finland. We shall celebrate our 35th season in 2008 by once again sending an open invitation to all friends of folk and popular music far and wide. The theme of Kymenlaakso as part of Slavic culture will focus on the folk culture interaction between our own region and neighbouring areas. Tel.:(011-358) -(0)40 503 3340 Fax:  (011-358) (0)5-7490219  E-mail: Internet:

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See the Kalendar section in Spelemannsbladet , news magazine of Landslaget for Spelemenn - one of Norway's main folk music organizations for a list (not always complete) of upcoming kappleiker / competitions in Norway.  See also the HFAA events page at ,and

February 21-25,  2012    
Rørosmartnan – Røros Market
– Røros, Norway – Music & Dance festival associated  with historic winter street market gathering.  "From a royal proclamation in 1853:  'From 1854 on there shall be held in Røros a market, which shall begin the last Tuesday of February and  last til the following Friday…',  and since that time there has been a market in Røros every single year."  Dances afternoons & evenings, sales of everything from art & handcrafts to sausages & tractors.  70 – 80,000 people expected. Webpage:   Tel:  72 41 00 00;   email:; snailmail: Postboks 123, N–7361 Røros.

from Mary Barthelemy (about Rørosmartnan 2010)
The annual winter fair in Røros - Rørosmartnan - takes off at 12:00 noon Tuesday Feb. 16 in 2010. And gains height and speed during 5 days of dance, music and spontaneity among culture enthusiasts as well as normal people. Dance day and night. And if you are insecure about your gammeldans-technique or one of the turns in Røros pols, come and learnby doing to music played by good Røros musicians and their eminent friends. Final dance is Saturday nite ... into the wee hours ... and if you plan right, you can make it (I think!) to Blefjell by evening with stories to tell... and a Røros-experience you'll never forget :-)

This is not a camp, but truly a traditional fair with plenty of traditional music and dance energy. Always starts on the next-to-the-last Tuesday in February. Lodging is always a challenge, but normally works out. I'm willing to help serve as a friendly local contact point for more info... Mary Barthelemy

February 20 - 27, 2011
Karin Brennesvik's Telemark Winter Experience
Sunday - Friday (Feb 20 - 25)
The first part of the week will be back at Ble Fjellstue , a lovely mountain lodge just up the road from fiddler Hauk Buen in Jondalen. Anyone who has been there can tell you what a special place it is: hundreds of kilometers of x-country ski trails are accessible right outside the door, wood-fired sauna and hot tub, and the most incredible traditional Norwegian food that you'll find anywhere. Start making room now for the delicious home-baked breads.

We'll have classes and parties with many of Telemark's best dancers, singers and fiddlers:
Hauk Buen, Olav Sem, Karin Brennesvik, Kenneth de Gala, Tom Løvli, Arnhild Brennesvik, Eivind Bakken, Erling Halling ... to name a few ... and a special visit from Valdres fiddler Jan Beitohaugen Granli. We will also have the opportunity to dance with some of the other groups in the area.

We're working on plans for craft sessions. Details to follow at a later date.

Friday - Sunday (Feb 25 - 27)
At the end of the week, we'll travel back to Kongsberg for Kongsbergmarken, the annual fair that dates back to 1633. There is a craft, silver and knife show at the Bergverksmuseum (Norwegian mining museum), a tivoli in the old part of town, and concerts, dance parties and kappleik (the music and dance competition) at the local folk museum.

Price: Register before December 1st and pay only 7000 Norwegian kroner. After December 1st, the fee is 7500 NOK. To register, go to our webpage (still under development) and click on the appropriate link.

The price includes all housing, food and transportation, beginning and ending at the Kongsberg train station. Entry fees to all kappleik-associated events during Kongsbergmarken (Friday concert/dance, Saturday kappleik and dance).

Not included: transportation from Oslo to/from Kongsberg, ski rental, alcohol, craft supplies (depending on what we do).

Check out our Facebook page for lots of great pictures from previous years.

For more information or to check about "part-timer" possibilities, contact

May 23-27, 2012
Norske folkemusikkveka
in Ål in Hallingdal.  Lots of younger musicians...Courses, exhibits, concerts, & dances.  Tel:  (011 47) 32 08 56 45; fax (011 47)32 08 56 46; email: < >;  webpage:   in Nor.,  Eng.  to be added soon.

June 27- July 1, 2012
Landskappleik, Otta.   National competition in Norwegian  folkmusic &  dance.  Also concerts, nightly dances.  Denne e-postadressen er beskyttet mot programmer som samler e-postadresser, du må slå på Javascript for å kunne se den. webpage: < >.

July 5-8, 2012
Førde International Musikk Festival in Førde on the west coast of Norway.   A huge festival, with associated events in everything imaginable.    Web:      E-post:       Phone: (011-47) 57 72 19 40,  Fax: (011-47) 57 72 19 41

July 10-15, 2012
Nordlek is a Nordic folklore festival that is arranged every third year. It is arranged in each of the Nordic countries in turn. It attracts literally thousands of dancers and musicians. For one summer week there are people in colorful costumes everywhere, dancing, playing and enjoying themselves. Next Nordlek will be arranged in 2012 in Steinkjer, Norway. For more information see  English web page:

Comments from Alix Cordray: Unlike in previous years, you can register individually online. There is no longer any requirement to register through a member organization. The registration deadline is April 15. Paying the general registration fee is sufficient - you do not need to register for any special events. Included are dance classes every day and an evening dance in 4 halls. However, you might want to buy additional tickets for a concert or two. Participants learn one one dance from each country prior to the festival (and musicians learn one tune). Media are available for download from the Nordlek site. Alix has created a free iPhone/iPod app that contains all the media (video, audio, sheet music, and instructions).
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July 19-22, 2012
Telemarkfestival in Bø, Telemark. An intimate but exciting festival, with stress on Nordic music, usually includes Irish/Scottish performers, as well as folks from elsewhere in the world.  Courses during the preceding week.   Address: Gullbringvegen 34, N-3800 Bø i Telemark, Norway. e-mail , webpage: phone:  (011  47) 35 95 19 19, fax (011  47) 35 05 92 29.

July 22-29, 2012
Jørn Hilme Stemne in Fagernes, Valdres.  Kappleik (competition) and musicians gathering on the grounds of the Fagernes Folkemuseum .  It usually attracts competitors from most of the hardingfele-playing regions of southern Norway.  Concerts, informal old-time athletic contests, evening dances in the old houses.  Courses during the week beforehand.    phone: (011-47)61 36 46 71.  address: Jørn Hilme-stemnet, Tyinvegen 27, N-2900 Fagernes,  Norway. E-post: webpage:

August 1-5, 2012
Landsfestivalen in gammaldansmusikk
  Vågå - Norway's national gammaldans music festival and competition.    Hear the best of the Norwegian gammaldans bands and individual musicians.  There are also concerts and evening dances.  Webpage:

July 27-28, 2012
Setesdal Kappleiken.  Rysstad, Setesdal. Fun and intimate.  Kappleik, concerts, evening dances. Contact: Sigurd Brokke, Setesdal Spelemannslag, 4748 Rysstad, Norway.

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See  for a calendar of  music events in Sweden (and some in Norway). =

June 7-10, 2012
Ransäterstämman in Ransäter, Värmland. See for information about the stämma and associated music and dance courses.

June 13-14, 2009
Nyckelharpstämma at Österbybruks Herrgård - Nyckelharpa world championship, Courses and Concerts in a lovely setting.  Email:, ;      Webpage: See also

Summer 2012, exact dates TBD
Tim Rued's  Personalized Folk Tour of Sweden - 2012.  See for complete details

June 26-30, 2005
Nyckelharpa course at Ekebyholm, Sweden
.   Residence course the week following  midsommar every year, at Ekebyholm castle, just north of Rimbo, Uppland.  Course was started by Eric Sahlström, & is thebest-known course for learning Uppland music. Most participants are nyckelharpa players, but it's open to fiddle players as well.  Course is for nyckelharpa players at all levels, & all but beginning fiddle players. Cost for 2000 was 3300 SEK.  Application period is ~ 20 Mar ­ 15 Apr 2005.  Don't send money yet, only 75 students will be accepted.  For information, conctact:  Lars Lindkvist, Aprilvägen 43, 177 61 Järfälla,  SWEDEN,  Tel. +46-8-58 03 16 21.  email: .  A somewhat more detailed description of the course may be found on the ANA web page: .

June 30-July 2, 2012
Tobaksspinnarstämman, Nås, Dalarna.  Western Dalarna stämma with Anders Rosén, Mattias Helje, Jonas Åkerlund, Perjos Lars Halvorsson, Agneta Stolpe and more.

July 8-13, 2012
, Föllinge, Jämtland. Music and dance week featuring music and dance from the Föllinge area. Last day to enroll is March 30. Information:  email Webpage

June 29 - July 15, 2012
Concerts, courses, and folkmusic festivals in the area of Delsbo in Hälsingland.  Arranged by: Musik vid Dellen, Hudiksvalls kommun, S-824 80 Hudiksvall.    Contact person is Ulrika Beijer   Webpage:   

July 1-8, 2012
Musik vid Siljan in Rättvik, Mora and Leksand, Dalarna.   All kinds of music from classical to rock to folk. e-mail:  Web page

July 2, 2012
Bingsjö Stämman
- Sweden's biggest and most famous spelmannsstämma.  It's actually a part of the Musik Vid Siljan festival.  Has both fine concerts and some of the finest buskspel (informal playing)  anywhere.

July 4-8, 2012
Bälgspel vid landsvägskanten
("Accordion-playing by the Edge of a  Country Road") .  The Ransäter Accordion Festival.  In Värmland.

July 9, 2011
Hälsinge Hambo Competition - Hambo competition danced in the streets of the Hälsingland towns of Hårga, Bollnäs and Arbrå with grass and asphalt as the dancing surface.  Includes divisions for seniors and children. Webpage: Part of a larger Hambo Festival.

July 19-23, 2011
Rättvik Dansar och Spelar (formerly Rättvik Folklore Festival - Rättviksdansen) . Dance and music courses, concerts and evening dance parties. Info:

July 20-26, 2013
Norrlandia Camp. Plan now to join us for a delightful week of dance, music, singing and culture in Hälsingland, Sweden. The program starts with Dinner on Saturday the 20th and concludes with breakfast Friday the 26th of July. Registration is now open! Complete information is available at:
Note: Those who wish to pay for the camp in USD ( $ ) are welcome to do so. Details are on the flyer.

July 28 - August 2, 2006
Ragundadansen, courses in traditional dance and music from Jämtland in Köttsjön, Ragunda commune, East Jämtland. See for more information.

July 26-29, 2012
Korrö Festival
, Korrö Hantverksby (near Växjo), Småland. Southern Sweden's largest folkmusic festival featuring instruments with drones (bagpipes, hurdy-gurdys, fiddles with resonant strings) and more.  For a more detailed description see the NCS Newsletter article Korrö Festival .    Webpage:

July 23-28, 2012
Malung Sommarkurs. Come and learn tunes and songs from Sweden's best folk musicians. Last application date May 4, 2012. Application form on web site. Malungs folkhögskola,  Thorolfsvägen 44, 782 24 Malung or call 011-46-280-14300 or fax 011-46-280-13790  or see   E-mail:

July 18-24 2010
Norrlandia Camp 2010.  Norrlandia Camp takes place in Hälsingland, Sweden near the town of Järvsö. It is a fabulous dance and music camp. Classes are taught in English. Apply now as camp fills quickly. There is space for 50 dancers and 15 fiddlers. For details see:
Contact Roo Lester at or 630-985-7195 for questions or Bengt at

August 20 - 24, 2012 
Folk music course for fiddles and nyckelharpas
in Älvkarleby, Sweden. Still room for a few more fiddlers. 
Beginners to advanced. Teachers, the riksspelmän Edward Anderzon and Leif Alpsjö, both playing fiddle and nyckelharpa. Students come from Japan, Europe, USA and Sweden. The train Upptåget goes directly from the Stockholm - Arlanda airport. Information: Leif Alpsjö +46 706 38 33 53  and
The day before the course is the Byss-Calle stämma in Älvkarleby. We end the course by going to the Eric Sahlström 100th anniversary in Tobo and Uppsala.

Elsewhere in Europe
April 12-13, 2014
Tommy and Ewa Englund will be teaching in London on 12 and 13 April.
The workshops on Saturday 12 April will focus mainly on turning couple dances. They will start at 10 am and 2:30 pm and will be at the Primrose Hill Community Association, 29 Hopkinsons Place, off Fitzroy Road, London NW1 8TN.

The evening programme will start at 7:30 pm at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY. It will start with a short teaching session followed by a general dance and some demonstrations from the teachers.

The costs for the day will be £7 for each workshop and for the evening dance, £6 for concessions; and £18 for the full day, £16 for concessions.

The workshop on Sunday, 13 April will start at 2 pm, also at Cecil Sharp House. This one will be under the auspices of the Society for International Folk Dancing and will be aimed at general international dancers, with some figure dances, and some teaching of Hambo if participants are interested.
For more information contact Richard Mellish

Scandimoot 2014, May 2nd to 5th, Yorkshire UK
This year featuring music and dance from Västerdalarna.
Musicians: Jonas Åkerlund, Anders Rosén and Mattias Helje.
Dancers: Klas av Edholm and Julia Persson.
plus: Josefina Paulson (nyckelharpa) and Marit Fält (fiddle, låtmandola).
see:    or email:    for more info.

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