The Summer Yard of the National Museum, August 28, 2019


August 03, 2019

An evening of improvised Finnic folkmusic at The Summer Yard of the National Museum of Finland, during which you can participate in making music with on-site instruments, or by singing, if you wish. In addition, you can try out how to make easy instruments from recycled materials, explore town beekeeping and taste some honey, or get to know about the nutritional use of local wild plants. August 28, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free entry.

This summer, The Summer Yard of the National Museum of Finland brings up new and current concepts of “national”. This improvisation event is one aspect of contemporary folk music as part of a cultural continuation that has its roots in prehistory.

The Finnic people of the Iron Age were cosmopolitans of their time, with extensive trading networks extending west, south and east. For us, the “Uusi Kansallinen” (the New National) means internationality, as well, as part of which we can proudly present our millennial Finnic culture in its many forms of manifestation.


Outi Pulkkinen, D.A. (Mus.), bowed lyre (jouhikko) and vocals/runosinging

Outi Pulkkinen (photo: Christoffer Relander)

Jenni Venäläinen, MMus, kanteles

Jenni Venäläinen (photo: Suvi Sistonen)

Eva Väljaots, MB, Estonian kannel

Eva Väljaots

Oskari Lehtonen, MMus, percussion and drums

Oskari Lehtonen (photo: Veikko Muikku)

Sanne Tschirpke, traditional flutes and vocals

Sanne Tschirpke (photo: Jorma Airola)

Arja Kastinen, D.A. (Mus.), kanteles

Photo: Tuomas Ylönen


Erkki Okkonen and Mikko Perkoila

Town beekeepers

Eeva and Georg Buhanist; city honey from Helsinki and countryside honey from Kitee, North-Karelia. Winner of the 2018 Best Honey contest for the Stadin Tarhaajat. Diploma of the Finnish Beekeepers’ Association SML ry, 2018.


Masters of Food Science Eira Tuohimaa ja Jutta Varis: wild herb, vegan, gluten-free, etc. cooking courses, home cosmetics and soap making courses, production of naturally growing local raw materials for nutrition (nettle pesto, nettle cracker, meadowsweet syrup, etc.).

Warm welcome!