Pispala Schottische Festival 13 June 2018 – 17 June 2018

Pispala Schottische, this lively international folk music and dance festival is an annual celebration of the joy of dance that fills the streets and squares of the old industrial city of Tampere with a versatile programme of indoor and outdoor concerts, competitions, training events, seminars, night dances and club evenings.

This major international celebration of folk dance and music has been bringing enthusiasts and their friends to Tampere since 1970 for the most footloose scene of the summer. This year the happiest days of the summer will be on 13 June 2018 – 17 June 2018. Welcome to join in the fun! 

Program on this page also in English.

Our this year´s creation “Work and merrymaking” will portray the life of 20th century industrial workers in an urban society, drawing the mood from ramping up the operation and the various stages of cotton milling, nursery rhymes and games, the genteel dances of young adults and the evening social dances of working people. The main Show of this year will be performed at the Tampere Trade Fairs on Sat 16th June at 7 p.m. The advance sale of the concerts tickets will start on March.

Other concerts will take place on various venues in the city centre. Evening concerts on Thursday and Friday at Pakkahuone will highlight some of the most intriguing groups of the contemporary Finnish folk dance scene. The day concerts at the Laikunlava Stage by the Central Square bring colorful spirit to the open-air living room of the citizens. The final concert at the Tampere Hall on Sun 17th June lifts up the best pieces of the Festival including our international guests performances. 

Contact info: 

Pispalan Sottiisi - Pispala Schottische Festival
Executive Director Mr. Jukka Heinämäki
Producer Ms. Jaana Kari

Monitoimitalo 13, Satakunnankatu 13
FI-33100 Tampere, Finland
Phone: +358 50 40 98 332


Pispala Schottische is organized by the Finnish Youth Association (Suomen Nuorisoseurat). It is a national non-governmental organisation which has over 700 local associations, 15 regional associations and over 20 000 members in Finland. All the associations organise various leisure time activities which are mainly based on culture such as folk dance, theatre, circus, and arts.