Pispala Schottische International Folklore Festival

Open workshops on Finnish folk dances on
Thu 24 Oct, Fri 25 Oct and Sat 26 Oct, 7–9 p.m. at Cultural Centre Laikku
You´re welcome to meet & greet the local folk dudes.
Address: Keskustori 4, Tampere

We invite you to dance with the folk dance ambassadors of the Pispala Schottische Festival. No special skills required, they will teach and you'll just follow. It'll be fun!
Live music and dance every night at the Culture Centre Laikku Music Hall (3rd floor) at 7p.m.-9p.m.
Free entrance.

Thursday 24th October
An evening with the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival 
Live music: JPP & Tallari
Dance teachers: Paula Kettu & Riina Hosio

Friday 25th October
An evening with the Finnish Folk Music Association
Live music: Maria Kalaniemi & Marianne Maans
Dance teachers: Riina Hosio & Hanna Poikela

Saturday 26th October
An evening with Pispalan Sottiisi / Pispala Schottische International Folklore Festival & Folklandia
Live music: Tanhuligaani
Dance teachers: Hanna Poikela & Riina Hosio

Address: Keskustori 4, Tampere
Dinner: Café Laikku downstairs open daily.

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In photo Riina Hosio, photo by Jukka Heinämäki.


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. Next year will be the jubilee of the festival. Welcome to celebrate the 50 years with us on the 10 – 14 of June in 2020.

Contact info: 
Pispalan Sottiisi - Pispala Schottische Festival 
Executive Director Mr. Jukka Heinämäki
Festival Producer Ms. Jaana Kari
Information and Media Relations Ms. Maarit Saarelainen

Cultural House Laikku, Keskustori 4
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.

We are a member of CIOFF (The International Council of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Art). Membership in CIOFF requires festival to fulfill certain criteria concerning the number of groups invited, duration of the festival, and quality of the festival organisation.

Find our festival rules & regulations here.

Balatonfüred (HU) 2018 c) Riina Tanskanen

Voskresenie (RU) & Cifrosko (SK) 2018 c) Riina Tanskanen