The Kalevala epic is an expression of a wonderful human achievement far grander and more momentous than the pyramids or the Great Wall of China. It reflects the very essence of the intangible, philosophical, erotic, humorous and thrilling heritage of the greater Finno-Baltic community that has evolved over millennia, a creative endeavour involving every member of the culture from which it stems, a song of songs.
An echo of this mythical world was saved in the nick of time and is today enshrined in the 1.27 million recorded verses of the ancient poems of the Finnish people and the Kalevala as it was compiled by Elias Lönnrot. It is of and for all of humanity and therefore of immeasurable value.
The Kalevala has been translated into 65 languages, including Urdu and Udmurt, and into English no less than five times. It is an international brand that lends itself to cultural and commercial use, even on a global scale. That, however, calls for expertise and daring, flights of fancy, witty and wacky humour, excesses, provocative transgression and expansion.
The heritage of the Kalevala, reinterpreted and updated for the present, can serve as an inexhaustible fount of inspiration for new scripts, books, films, art, design, fashion, graphic novels, music, computer games, even hitherto unknown forms of art. We seek to reinstate that heritage so that it will once again become a thriving cultural entity
16th of April 2019
Juha Hurme ja Tuomari Nurmio
EVENTS & TICKETS
Kalevala dead or alive -Festival 20.-21.9.2019
Friday: Paleface, Mara Balls, Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä raha and Tuomari Nurmio & Tohtori Hillillä
Saturday: Ismo Alanko, Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L, Faarao Pirttikangas & Nubialaiset and Suistamon Sähkö.
Both evenings there will be also theatre group Juha Hurme and nuclear physics of Kalevala.
Tickets are available from Tiketti via this link.
- The whole festival 50 € in advance
- Daily tickets in advance 28 €, at the door 30 €
- Student discount in advance for daily tickets 25 €
Only daily tickets with normal price are sold at the door if any left.
Tickets are available from G-Livelab in the August 2019.
The club days are 10.10., 21.11. and 19.12.2019.
Kalevala dead or alive Festival: Tavastia, Urho Kekkosen katu 4–6, Helsinki.
KaFe Club: G Livelab, Yrjönkatu 3, Helsinki.
CD: Kalevala Dead or Alive
This new ”Kalevala dead or alive” CD will be released on 30th of August, but you can now make a preorder from Levykauppa Äx via this link.
Following artists have made new tunes for the CD inspired by Kalevala: Tuomari Nurmio & Tohtori Hillilä, Paleface & Maija Kauhanen and Paleface & Mikko Heikinpoika, Ismo Alanko, Faarao Pirttikangas & Nubialaiset, Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L, Mara Balls, Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha and Suistamon Sähkö.
The CD is released by Vallila Music House.
ORGANIZERS AND PARTNERS
The events are organized by KalevalaFest association.
Partners and funders are: Kone Foundation, The Kalevala Society, Vallila Music House, Teos Publishing, City of Helsinki, Finnish Music Creators’ Association, Superson and Yle.
FURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS
Riitta Huttunen, email@example.com, +358 (0)50 355 1036
Sirpa Lahti, firstname.lastname@example.org,+358 (0)40 738 4736