Etno-Espa is an annual city festival that focuses on modern folk music. The festival presents what Finnish folk music and folk music made in Finland can be today.
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Concerts on Espa Stage 5.-14.8.2019 on weekdays at 16:00 and 17:15
Children’s Saturday on Espa Stage on Sat 12.8. at 14:00 and 15:00
Etno-Espa 15 ❤ Jazz-Espa 20 birthday concert at Café Engel’s inner yard on Sat 3.8. at 19:30
Night of the Arts at Restaurant Chapter’s inner yard on Thu 15.8. at 20:30-23:00
Free admission to all events
Etno-Espa 2019: Folk music takes a stand
Celebrating its 15th anniversary year, Etno-Espa showcases a folk music scene which is strongly in step with our times. Music is used both as a voice against climate change and in support of gender equality. Our current trends of globalisation and digitalisation provide many opportunities for international collaborations as well. The festival’s opening and closing concerts bring these themes together: both concerts feature strong female voices, with lyrics that paint pictures of nature in the middle of the urban ambiance, assisted by musicians from diverse backgrounds.
The Etno-Espa event focusing on contemporary Finnish folk music was first organized in August 2005. The idea behind the event originated from a desire to bring this highly appreciated genre of music easily accessible to all audiences. Etno-Espa wishes to introduce urban folk and world music that has been influenced by various cultures, but is rooted in Finland. The event wants also to fight against stereotypes and expand the idea of what actually is folk music.
The Etno-Espa Association was founded in the spring of 2005. The main mission of the association is to organize the Etno-Espa event. Also, through all its actions, the Etno-Espa Association wants to promote awareness and appreciation of Finnish contemporary folk music.