Welcome to the Sata-Häme Soi
Accordion Festival in
Ikaalinen, Finland
Home Monday, June 30
2003 Ikaalinen Festival Tuesday, July 1
Welcome to Ikaalinen Wednesday, July 2
Finland at a Glance Thursday, July 3
Golden Accordion Award Friday, July 4
Meet Maria Kalaniemi Saturday, July 6
Festival Faces Sunday, July 7

6:00 PM - To the Memory of Mothers
The first function at the Sata-Häme Soi - Accordion Festival was a gathering at Lasse Pihlajamaa's (portrait right) statue "In the Memory of Mother" which is a tribute to his mother in Jämijärvi, one of the neighboring towns of Ikaalinen.

This event featured local Folk Musicians and is a tradition prior to the official beginning of the annual Ikaalinen Festival.

Immediately following the gathering at the statue, a standing room only audience enjoyed a concert at the Jämijärvi School Hall also featuring local Folk musicians.

10:00 PM - Joao Frade Trio, Portugal

Joao Frade the 19 year old from Portugal and recent winner of the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) Coupe Mondiale Virtuoso Entertainment World Championship category in Copenhagen, Denmark gave the official warm-up concert to an enthusiastic and awed audience.

Joao completely charmed the packed Oma Tupa Hall with his stunning technical ability, warm musicianship and smooth Jazz style in a show that attendees said could not be described in words. It was a magical concert that you had to have attended in order to appreciate the true atmosphere and musical experience that he generated to the excited audience.

Lucky for those that did not have the opportunity to attend, Joao will perform again on the "20 Years of the Golden Accordion" Concert on Friday evening in the Ikaalinen Hall.

In addition to his International competition success, Joao has toured in many countries around the world including Europe and the USA and has been a student of Jacques Mornet in France.

Pictures of Joao Frade by Minna Plihtari


Midnight "A Glimpse of The Land of the Midnight Sun"
Picture of Lake Kyrösjärvi (on which Ikaalinen is situated) taken after Midnight