Music & well-being – two special kantele courses in the summer of 2018

December 01, 2017

In the summer of 2018,  we will have two very special kantele weekends, during which we will combine music and the thought of overall well-being. Small kanteles (from 5 through 15 strings) are excellent instruments both for beginners and for advanced musicians. It is easy to enjoy making music with them only after few hours […]


Towards the Light – Cheick Cissokho and Arja Kastinen, Nov 5, at the Café Sonck in Helsinki

October 08, 2017

The 30th Etnosoi! Festival celebrations November 1-12, 2017 in Helsinki and Tampere. You can find the whole programme in here. On All Saint’s Day weekend we’ll gather in peace and friendship to enjoy the dialogue between kantele and kora. Arja Kastinen, a true expert in meditative kantele playing, meets Cheick Cissokho, a master of the […]


The 5-year States Artist Grant for Arja Kastinen

September 04, 2017

The Central Arts Council of Finland has made the new grant beneficiaries public: Among the music states grant beneficiaries is also Arja Kastinen, who was awarded the 5-year grant to give concerts and to make audio recordings. The subject matter is the ancient small kantele tradition and improvisation. More detailed information about the project […]


IV International Kantele Competition, April 5-7, 2017

May 01, 2017

The IV international kantele competition will held in Kaustinen April 5-7, 2017. It is organised by the  Kantele Association and  Kantele Teachers’ Association in co-operation with Kaustinen commune, Kaustinen Folk Arts Centre and Folk Music Institute. The competition categories are: Children’s event Youth/art Youth/folk/other Professional/art Professional/folk/other Open/other/ensambles Open/folk/ensambles Open/art The head of the jury is Arja […]


The 8th Baltic Psaltery Symposium

March 07, 2017

The 8th Baltic Psaltery Symposium will be held as a part of the international festival Kanklės Mano Rankose / “Kanklės in My Hands“ in Kaunas, Lithuania, March 8-10, 2017. The symposium and the concerts will happen at the concert hall, L. Zamenhofo str. 4, Kaunas. The program of the symposium on the 9th of March: 10.00−13.00 […]