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.

Pispala Schottische is the joy of dancing and doing!
Schottische plays the spirit of people and spreads around joy while doing it.  A summery week brings a smile on people's faces because it delivers the fireworks that folklore is: action-packed dances, catchy rhythms, exotic instruments and magnificent folk costumes. Pispala Schottische has gathered the friends and lovers of folk dance and folk music to Tampere already since 1970. This summer the festival is expecting over 1000 participants and 15 000 visitors.

The versatile program of the festival includes folk dance concerts, workshops, dance workshops, corner dancing and performances free of charge. The opening ceremony, where everybody is welcome, will be organized in Tampere Laikunlava stage and the international final concert in Tampere Hall. The festival center and the heart of Schottische are at Tampere Exhibition and Sports Center, were the main party of the event is held: "Work and play - the 100 years journey done by dancing”. The exhibition center is also the place where Folk Camp indoor camping site is placed, which is where the participants are staying.

Other venues are Tullikamari Pakkahuone, Koskikeskus, Särkänniemi, Osmonpuisto, Telakka and Viikinsaari.The main Finnish performer is a folk dance group Siepakat from Rovaniemi, the folk dance group of 2018 of Pispala Schottische.

In addition to amazing Finnish performers Pispala Schottische will have magnificent folk dance and folk music groups from Slovakia, Russia, Estonia, Hungary and USA.

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

Cultural House Laikku, Keskustori 4
33100, Tampere
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.