2005 Ikaalinen Festival
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Finland at a Glance
Golden Accordion Award
Meet Maria Kalaniemi
meet Richard Galliano
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Tuesday - June 28
Wednesday - June 29
Thursday - June 30
Friday - July 1
Saturday - July 2
Sunday - July 3

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2006 Festival

SUNDAY 3rd July 2005
Final Closing Ceremony of the Sata-Häme Soi Festival

Unfortunately as everything has to come to an end - so also these wonderful accordion days in Ikaalinen. Now the city is getting ready to live a special moment with their Finnish President Mrs. Tarja Halonen coming to their city to honour the inhabitants, visitors and musicans with her presence.

A very special moment also for all visitors to have the pleasure to feel this atmosphere of a president walking through a large crowed - just like one of them - part of the people!!! Very very impressive and for sure an unforgettable moment for me and all other foreigners, visiting this wonderful country with plenty of nature and natural behavior of their inhabitants.

Finnish Ladies paying tribute to their tradition dressing in colourful gowns

Some honours being awarded to volontairs of the Festival.
Performances of the Silver (Joni) - Golden (Ann-Marie) - Primus Ikaalinen (Idoia) Award Winners and the groups "Tango Resurrection" and "Byrac Band".

...and for your security....of course with tradition!

Thank you for being with us online during the Sata-Häme Soi Festival - See you next year from 26th of June until the 2nd of July 2006. A special thank you to all the staff of the Festival Organization, the Finnish Ministery for Foreign Affairs for inviting Accordions Worldwide to cover the event and especially to the head committee of the Festival:

Minna Kulmala

Minna Plihtari

Kimmo Mattila

from Holda also to Riitta Liisa Myllymäki (journalist & Holda's guide)


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Thank you Sata-Häme Soi for having me as a guest and commentator.

Should you wish some more information about the Festival, that I did not mention - pls feel free to contact me any time - Holda

09.00 - 13.00

Closing Events on Sunday 03-07-2005 were:

9.00 a.m. - Events for Ikaalinen Day in the Festival Park
11.00 a.m. - Church Service at the Ikaalinen Church
12.30 a.m. - Coffee after the service at the Yellow School

Organized in cooperation with the Ikaalinen Association and the Culture Services of the town of Ikaalinen.

Free Admission


Closing Ceremony of the Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival

Performances by both Finnish and foreign artists and the winners of Accordion competitions 2005.

Venue: Festival Park, Ikaalinen

Free Admission

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