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

11:00 AM "Finnish 1 & 2 Row Accordion Folk Musician Championship "
Twenty Two contestants took part in this years One and Two Row Accordion Folk Music Championships which were held in five different categories, including 12 years and under, 15 years and under, 18 years and under, Open age and the Veteran category for players 50 years and older.

A panel of four judges including Johanna Juho, Teppo Välimäki, Anne-Marie Kivimäki and Risto Ala-Ikkelä listended as contestants were required to play two (2) Finnish compositions held in two rounds.

Typical of the Finnish competitions, at the end of each piece the MC took the opportunity to interview the contestant asking informal questions about the choice of music, length of study and hobbies. Not only did this give the judges a chance to work, it also made it quite interesting and often entertaining for the audience.

Most of the contestants dressed in traditional costumes for their performances. Below are some of the contestants in the 12 year and under category.
Below are some of the contestants in the 15 year and under category.
Below are some of the contestants in the 18 year and under category.
Below are some of the contestants in the Open category.
Below are some of the contestants in the 50 years and over category.
Results are as follows:
Place Name From Total Points
Category: 12 Years and Under (born July 2, 1990 or later)
1. Anne Lahti Alavus 161 points
2. Eveliina Uitto Kauhajoki 155 points
3. Kaisa-Lotta Leppänen Hämeenlinna 143.5 points
Category: 15 Years and Under (born July 2, 1987 or later)
1. Emilia Mäkelä Kaustinen 190 points
2. Lauri Kotamäki Lakaluoma 174.5 points
3. Sonja Nousiainen Siivikkala 164.5 points
Category: 18 Years and Under (born July 2, 1984 or later)
1. Ali Välimäki Kantvik 178 points
2. Jonna Hilden Tampere 149 points
Category: Open Age
1. Merja Leinonen Niinimaa 183 points
2. Heikki Huhtasalo Jämijärvi 163 points
3. Elli Poikkijoki Alavus 127 points
Category: 50 Years and Over
1. Usko Välimäki Kantvik 186 points
2. Veikko Toppari Seinäjoki 130 points
1. Lauri Hytönen Rautalampi 149 points
Winners: Emilia Mäkelä, Ali Välimäki, Anne Lahti, Merja Leinonen and Usko Välimäki  

1:00 PM "Music in the Festival Park"

A capacity audience enjoyed the bright sunshine and mild breezes at the after of Music in the Festival Park as non-stop entertainment enticed people to dance and enjoy the glorious Finnish Summer afternoon.

Some of the artists to play were: Kauhajoki Young Accordionists, Laponie Singing and Playing Group and others.

Among the happy concert goers were these two children dancing to the music of the Kauhajoki Young Accordionists Band.

Each afternoon features nonstop accordion music at both the Festival Park Stage as well as at the outdoor garden style Accordion Pub allowing attendees to enjoy the outdoor setting and sunshine.


5:00 PM "Final Rehearsal for the Silver and Golden Accordion"
Each of the contestants in the Silver and Golden Accordion Awards staged their final rehearsal before the live broadcast on the competition finals. The dress rehearsal was staged before a full audience who caught a glimpse of how a TV production is put together.

8:00 PM "The Silver and Golden Accordion 2003"
Janne Mäkinen Wins the Golden Accordion Award

9:00 PM "Veli-Mati Järvenpää TexMex Trio"
Accordionist Veli-Mati Järvenpää and his band entertained at the Accordion Pub where people danced the night away to the lively beat of Veli-Mati's 3 piece Tex Mex Trio.

11:00 PM "Tiit Kalluste Jump Band Jazz Concert in Oma Tupa"
For the second year running and back by popular request, the popular Estonian Jazz group Tiit Kalluste Jump Band from Tallin were featured at the Oma Tupa in an evening of Jazz.

The Tiit Kalluste Jump Band features Tiit Kalluste on accordion, Villu Veski on Tenor Saxaphone, Ain Varts on guitar, Taavo Remmel on Bass and Toomas Rull on drums.

The Jump Band is known as one of the best in the Baltic area with their warm blend of swing jazz. Accordionist Tiit Kalluste teaches accordion at the George Ots Jazz Conservatory, where he teaches Jazz and improvisation and chairs the association of accordionists in Tallin.

In and Around Ikaalinen
What better place to live for a bird in Ikaalinen, than to live in an Accordion Bird Nest of course. Having already nested this season, this trendy Ikaalinen accomodation currently has a Vacancy sign out.

This nest is anchored to a tree just outside the windows of the Finnish Accordion Association and the Finnish Accordion Institute Headquarters.