2005 Ikaalinen Festival
Welcome to Ikaalinen
Finland at a Glance
Golden Accordion Award
Meet Maria Kalaniemi
meet Richard Galliano
Festival Faces
PriMUS Ikaalinen

Tuesday - June 28
Wednesday - June 29
Thursday - June 30
Friday - July 1
Saturday - July 2
Sunday - July 3

Past festivals
2006 Festival
  Welcome to Ikaalinen

Yes - this is exactly what you feel, when you arrive in this charming city. A city placed around lakes with never ending shades of green showing all respect for nature, that one can possibly imagine.

Your first point of contact for the festival is the Festival Office where you will find very helpful people, that give you all information necessary for feeling comfortable during your stay of the Festival. The ladies responsible for the festivals are Minna Kulmala (Festival Director pictured on the right) and Minna Plihtari (Public Relation)


Once you receive your program you will not know where to go first, as you are sourrounded by accordion music and well known faces from around the world.

Every year many accordionists are invited to take part in this mega-accordion happening - where this year thousands of people are expected, with numbers being based on figures from pre-paid tickets to all the offered events.

If the weather permits, one just has to walk around this beautiful small city you will maybe get a bit surprised walking passed yound and older people still keeping to their Finnish tradition and showing it with pride: such as these two ladies walking through the park with their tradtional dresses.

Accordion Music is coming to your ear and so one stops. Just for a second to continue your way through the city - but no, one stops for longer, as the next piece is even nicer than the one you have just heard... and the next one too. So - you will take a seat and continue your way through the city a little bit later on....

This is the City Hall Festivity Building where birthday events, marriages, meetings and other Festivities are held. A very old house with a flair of old times inside:

We are continuing our walk and will see many more beautiful places. Most of the houses are made of wood and are painted yellow or red which are within all the surrounding green like flowers in the fields.

You will find bycicles in almost every house as it is very very popular. If you visit this country and especially this city during the Sata Häme Soi Festival - take your time to take a ride ...fill your lungs with fresh and clean air... and enjoy beautiful scenery...

...just like the following examples: But if you are not in the mood of taking all your energy to cycle around the lakes, through imense parks, take the small road going from the centre of the Ikaalinen Festival Park and go on a boat trip from this little harbour.

It will take you around to get in contact with nature, that we mostly can only dream of.

Leaving the Ikaalinen Park after a good amount of accordion music you will also pass the Accordion Pub, where you will find young people trying to show all they have to offer to their audience, but mostly they are enjoying themselves. This is a feeling that you will get the very moment you step into the place.

It is already getting late in the afternoon and everybody is getting ready for the big event:
TV-Live on main the TV-Channel 2 from Finland

A packed Hall of an audience of 1,300 people is seated punctually at 7.45pm in order to be ready for this exceptional live event....and here we go:

The Silver and Golden Accordion Competitions are being broadcast live - the Musical Festival Director Kimmo Mattila, together with two beautiful young ladies are presenting the evening on TV:

For Festival-Competition results visit the finnish Sata Häme Soi Festival Page:

Winners for the: Golden Award

1. Anne-Mari Kanniainen, Ikaalinen 60 points
2. Sami Hopponen, Polvijärvi 57 points
3. Sami Perttula, Kokkola 55 points

Silver Award Competitors with 9 year old winner Joni Stein - Haapajärvi

Wednesday's Program was:


The Finnish Accordion Folk Musician Championship

One- and two-row Accordion Competition

Venue: Oma Tupa, Ikaalinen
€ 8


XXXIII Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival Opening Ceremony

Venue:Festival Park, Ikaalinen
Free admission

14.00 - 18.00

Folk Music in the Festival Park

18.00 hrsIncluding performances by various folk music groups.

Venue: Festival Park, Ikaalinen
Free admission

14.00 - 24.00

Accordion Pub Opening

24.00 hrsMeeting place for accordionists and the public.

Venue: The Yellow School next to the Festival Park, Ikaalinen

Free admission


Accordion Fair – The Opening Ceremony

Matti Lepänhaara and Seppo Soittila. The fair is open from 3 p.m.

until 8 p.m. Accordions, music books, etc.

Venue: Former ”Sale” building at the lower corner of the Festival park

Free admission


The Silver and Golden Accordion Competition 2005, Final Rehearsal

Hosted by Silja Sillanpää and Kimmo Mattila.

Venue: Ikaalinen Hall
€ 15


The Silver and Golden Accordion Competition 2005, Final

Finnish Accordion Championship for Light Music. Live TV-Broadcast.
The Audience is required to be seated 15 minutes before the concert starts.
The finalists of the Silver Accordion are: Aino Kivikallio, Marko Lavikainen, Anniina Luukkainen, Eemeli Morander, Liisa Niinistö, Joni Stein and Konsta Wasama.
The finalists of the Golden Accordion are: Sami Hopponen, Anne-Mari Kanniainen, Heli Nikula, Sami Perttula, Satu Sarkoranta and Hanna Virtanen.
Hosted by Silja Sillanpää and Kimmo Mattila.

Venue: Ikaalinen Hall

€ 25


Cathrin Pfeifer & Band

Cathrin Pfeifer quartet from Germany.

Venue:Oma Tupa, Ikaalinen

€ 10

21.00 - 23.00

An Accordion Night at the Festival Park

23.00 hrsHosted by Matti Lepänhaara and Seppo Soittila.

Venue: Festival Park, Ikaalinen

Free admission

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