«Kantele Goes Global! Ground Zero» (Kantele-GO! КА3100)

Specific objective of the project: Diversity of kantele music and its presentation to the public is increased through new forms of cross-border activities. This includes five components:
1. kantele’s repertoire is more diversified and modernized;
2. new niches for kantele music are identified and tested;
3. presence of kantele in social networks is increased; 
4. touring activity of kantele players is intensified; 
5. kantele musicians have acquired new playing techniques.

Duration: 01.01.2019 – 31.08.2021

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Project «Kantele Goes Global! Ground Zero» (Kantele-GO! КА3100) 

Specific objective of the project: Diversity of kantele music and its presentation to the public is increased through new forms of cross-border activities. This includes five components:

1. kantele’s repertoire is more diversified and modernized;

2. new niches for kantele music are identified and tested;

3. presence of kantele in social networks is increased;

4. touring activity of kantele players is intensified;

5. kantele musicians have acquired new playing techniques.

Target groups and beneficiaries of the project:

  • professional musicians who perform traditional music of Finland and Karelia including those who play kantele and other folk musical instruments
  • kantele teachers in Finland and Karelia
  • young people in Finland and Karelia who learn to play kantele
  • inhabitants of the programme area

Expected change the project will make to the current situation:

  • Kantele music will become more diverse and interesting for listeners (local residents and tourists alike) on both sides of the border.
  • New cultural niches for kantele music will be identified and tested, which should lead to wider presence of kantele in cultural life.
  • Кantele will be much better presented and promoted in social networks, and especially in videosharing platforms.
  • Touring activity of kantele players will be intensified, and their musical skills will be enriched with new kantele playing techniques.
  • A strategy for kantele's international promotion in the next decade will be defined.
  • The project will enable Russian kantele players to acquire much-needed advanced musical instruments.

Main outputs the project will produce:

  • New Finnish-Russian Kantele Music Programme;
  • Three tours  presenting this Programme to audiences on both sides of the border ;
  • 40-50 video clips promoting kantele music in major social networks;
  • Four master courses spreading knowledge on new techniques of playing kantele;
  • Two Youth Kantele Forums teaching children new techniques of playing kantele;
  • Research report on international experiences in ethnic music promotion to be applied for kantele promotion;
  • Research report on new cultural niches for kantele music;
  • International Kantele Promotion Action Plan for 2021-2030.

Partners:

The Karelian National Song and Dance Ensemble Kantele  (Lead Partner,  Petrozavodsk,  Russia) www.kantele.ru

University of Eastern Finland  (Joensuu, Finland) www.uef.fi/ktl

Municipal public institution of additional education «National School of Arts of Pryazha district» (Pryazha, Russia) http://национальная-школа.рф

Runolaulu-Akatemian kannatusyhdistys ry (Kuhmo, Finland) www.runolaulu.fi

«Kantele Goes Global! Ground Zero» (Kantele-GO! КА3100) 

Project office:  Russia, 185035, Karelia, Petrozavodsk, Karl Marks Av., 6  telephone +7 8142 760 211

Project manager - Olga Vlasova  vlasova1972olga@mail.ru

Project coordinator in University of Eastern Finland - Pekka Suutari pekka.suutari@uef.fi

Project coordinator in  National School of Arts of Pryazha district - Larisa Prokopenkova larisa_prokopenkova@mail.ru

Project coordinator in Runosong Academy - Pekka Huttu-Hiltunen pekka.huttu-hiltunen@runolaulu.fi