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The 44th Annual Kalevala Day Festival

wood sauna at the end of stone path
Nov 01
Special Event
The 44th Annual Kalevala Day Festival
Nov 01, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Event date

2020's Annual Kalevala Day Festival has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 1st!

The Kalevala Day Tradition goes back to 1835, when the national epic of Finland, the Kalevala, was published for the first time by Elias Lönnrot. The Kalevala epic played an important part in developing Finland's national identity and Finnish language, art, and music. The first Kalevala Day was celebrated on February 28th, in 1885. The Kalevala Day celebration continues to this day in Finland with cultural events.

The Finnish Choral Society of Seattle has maintained and Annual Kalevala Day since 1976 in Seattle, hosted at the National Nordic Museum since 1982. 

The 44th Annual Festival will be a tribute to the Finnish sauna and sauna culture in honor of the authentic log sauna—built between 1914 and 1918—and relocated from Finn Hill in Bothell to the East Garden of the National Nordic Museum. 

On the program:

  • "Sauna songs" and choral songs inspired by the Kalevala
  • Presentation of the Finnish sauna culture by Kaija Kauppinen, Fulbright Scholar at University of Washington (Finnish Studies)
  • Instrumentals by Kalevala Trio and Evergreen Kantele Palyers
  • Soprano Maria Männistö
  • Folk Dancing
  • The NNM refurbished sauna

Traditional Finnish pastry and coffee will be served after the program.

Cost: $20 for Members; $25 general admission (admission to the Museum not included)

The 44th Annual Kalevala Day Festival

2020's Annual Kalevala Day Festival has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 1st!

The Kalevala Day Tradition goes back to 1835, when the national epic of Finland, the Kalevala, was published for the first time by Elias Lönnrot. The Kalevala epic played an important part in developing Finland's national identity and Finnish language, art, and music. The first Kalevala Day was celebrated on February 28th, in 1885. The Kalevala Day celebration continues to this day in Finland with cultural events.

The Finnish Choral Society of Seattle has maintained and Annual Kalevala Day since 1976 in Seattle, hosted at the National Nordic Museum since 1982. 

The 44th Annual Festival will be a tribute to the Finnish sauna and sauna culture in honor of the authentic log sauna—built between 1914 and 1918—and relocated from Finn Hill in Bothell to the East Garden of the National Nordic Museum. 

On the program:

  • "Sauna songs" and choral songs inspired by the Kalevala
  • Presentation of the Finnish sauna culture by Kaija Kauppinen, Fulbright Scholar at University of Washington (Finnish Studies)
  • Instrumentals by Kalevala Trio and Evergreen Kantele Palyers
  • Soprano Maria Männistö
  • Folk Dancing
  • The NNM refurbished sauna

Traditional Finnish pastry and coffee will be served after the program.

Cost: $20 for Members; $25 general admission (admission to the Museum not included)

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