Värttinä – Etno-Espa Opening

Eteläesplanadi 1, 00130 Helsinki
Espa Stage

Arguably the best-known Finnish folk music ensemble, Värttinä draws deep from the Karelian and, more widely, Finno-Ugric traditions, as well as delving into two of Finland’s most important folk poem collections, the Kalevala and the Kanteletar.

Arguably the best-known Finnish folk music ensemble, Värttinä draws deep from the Karelian and, more widely, Finno-Ugric traditions, as well as delving into two of Finland’s most important folk poem collections, the Kalevala and the Kanteletar.

The ensemble’s sound has been built around their strong and energetic polyphonic singing style and further enriched by the kantele and other folk instruments, a range of more contemporary instruments and a pinch of rock and roll. Värttinä’s live performances feel like emotional tornadoes – taking us back to our roots, leaving no-one unmoved.

Susan Venhovaara
Mari Kaasinen-Paaso
Karoliina Kantelinen
Lassi Logrén
Matti Laitinen
Mikko Hassinen
Mika Venhovaara

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. The festival takes place in Helsinki, on Espa outdoor stage and additional venues from 1st to 10th and 18t of August 2022.

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