finland 2009
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28 june 2009

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 Program - Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Ikaalinen Day
Klo 9.30 Ikaalinen Day, Ikaalisten Tarmo, Festival Park
Klo 11.00 Folk Songs at the Ikaalinen Church
Klo 12.30 Coffee served at the Yellow School

In co-operation with Ikaalinen Association and Ikaalinen Town Department for Culture.

see below
Closing Ceremony of the Festival 2009
Performances by both Finnish and foreign artists and the 2009 winners of the Golden and Silver Accordion.

Festival Park, Ikaalinen 
Free entrance

 The Closing Ceremony
The weather continued its picture perfect run of six continuous days of brilliant sunshine, clear blue skies and warm temperatures for the closing ceremony of the 37th Sata-Häme Soi International Accordion Festival.

Approximately two hours after the conclusion of the festival, without warning, and one can truly say "out of the clear blue sky" a torrential downpour occurred along with thunder. After heavy rain for about 20 minutes, the miraculous sunny weather returned!

Attendees at the Closing Ceremony
Above Left: Host for the Closing Ceremony Kalle Mäkelä
Above Right:
Jörgen Sundeqvist & Lena Rist Larsen
Festival Director - Sirpa Sippola
Above Left: Speaker: Timo Tuomisto
Above Right and below: Arttu Rajala with his teacher Airi Hautamäki
Key Note Speaker: Raimo Väyrynen
Artistic Director Kimmo Mattila presenting the Plaquette Award to Raimo Vertainen
pictured with
Festival Director Sirpa Sippola and former festival Director Terhi Palonen
Several people were awarded a Placque for their services behind the scenes towards promoting the accordion and the Sata-Häme Soi Festival. From Left to Right: Sata-Häme Soi award: Raimo Vertainen (making speech in this photo), Unto Pihlajamäki, Kalle Mäkelä, Airi Hautamäki, Heikki Nieminen, Sami Mäkinen, Heljä Tuokko, Antti Sorri, Katariina Ahjoniemi (present for Marjo Suominen), Terhi Palonen (Board President, Sata-Häme Soi), Tarja Jernfors, Kimmo Mattila, Tarja Jernfors and Sirpa Sippola.
Above Left: Alexander Selivanov & Julia Amerikova (Russia)
Above Right: Golden Accordion Winner Katariina Ahjoniemi
Above Left: Alexander Selivanov & Julia Amerikova (Russia)
Above Right: Golden Accordion Winner Katariina Ahjoniemi
performing with Nam Nguyen Tuan (piano) and Buzor Nenic (accordion)
Above: Festival Director Sirpa Sippola, Festival Artistic Director Kimmo Mattila,
and right, greeting the Mayor of Ikaalinen, Mr. Tero Nissinen
CIA President Kevin Friedrich with festival founder Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival founder Heikki Eränen and his wife Tuula.
Sirpa Sippola (Festival Director), Kimmo Mattila (Artistic Director) and Minna Plihtari (Public Relations Manager)
celebrate the end of another perfect festival with the traditional leap of joy!
After a week of outstanding music in a picture perfect setting attracting almost 40,000 people,
Ikaalinen sits deserted as attendees return to all parts of Finland and abroad.
 Mayor's Luncheon in Ikaalinen
At the conclusion of the festival the Mayor of Ikaalinen Mr. Tero Nissinen hosted a lunch for the festival directors and VIP guests attending the festival. Mayor Nissinen is pictured thanking the guests for a spectacular festival.
 Traditional Ceremony after the Festival
Festival tradition is that at 4:05 PM on Sunday, at the conclusion of the festival, a bottle of Champagne is opened to share with the staff to celebrate the conclusion of the festival. This years bottle of Magnum of Champagne was donated by Team New Zealand, in appreciation for the wonderful hospitality extended during to them in previous festivals.

A new addition to this part of the ceremony, was the presence of an International Jury who graded festival staff on the success of the festival. Chairperson of the Jury Mr. Alan Whiteland asked fellow jury members Raymond Bodell (CIA Vice President) and Kevin Friedrich (CIA President) to award marks to the Organizers and Staff. As you can see, the decision of the jury was unanimous... perfect 10's!
Festival Director Sirpa Sippola greeting the Festival Staff at the annual celebration dinner and party
Artistic Director Kimmo Mattila and Aino Ojakoski performing for the guests
Pictured above are team members: Emmi Kulmala, Aino Ojakoski, Anni Whiteland, Petra Plihtari, Anu Sippola
with festival leaders
Sari Rytkölä, Minna Plihtari, Kimmo Mattila and Sirpa Sippola
 Newspaper Article featuring Winner of Primus Ikaalinen
There was much media coverage of the festival activities, including this front page story in Finland's second largest newspaper Aamulehti, featuring Grayson Masefield, the winner of the 2009 Primus Ikaalinen Competition.
 Official Sata-Häme Soi Festival Summary and Website

The Sata-Häme Soi Festival Broke Records

The Sata-Häme Soi Festival in Ikaalinen, Finland, came to an end on Sunday. A record number of visitors attended the festival and the sunny weather that lasted the whole festival week crowned the success.  37 200 guests visited the festival, while the target visitor number was set to  32 000 people.

The fabulous concert by the legend of jazz accordion Frank Marocco was a culmination of the festival week. The concert united some of the world´s best jazz musicians and the international audience. The high quality of the Sata-Häme Soi Festival is well known around the world and the festival attracted more international audience than in previous years.

The international Primus Ikaalinen competition was breathtakingly exciting this year. The audience at the concert venue was captivated by the passionate musical duel which was also broadcast live on national television and available for global audiences via online broadcasting. The winner of Primus Ikaalinen 2009 is Grayson Masefield from New Zealand.

The director of the Sata-Häme Soi Festival Sirpa Sippola is happy about the good atmosphere at the festival, created both by musicians representing many different music genres and the enthusiastic audience.

The festival audience was praised by the artists for their keen and passionate participation. According to several artists the audience was exceptional and showed their enthusiasm already during the very first chords of a concert, says Sirpa Sippola.


 After the Sata-Häme Soi Festival Activities
After the Sata-Häme Soi Festival concludes, it is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the spectacular sights of the Finnish countryside.

Festival Director Sirpa Sippola hosted the remaining guests at her beautiful lakeside homestead, situated near Ikaalinen. The following pictures are from this beautiufl evening.

Welcome to the 2010 Sata-Häme Soi International Accordion Festival: 29 June - 4 July, 2010

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