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Kantele Goes Global! Ground Zero (KA3100)
Funded by Karelia CBC 2014-2020

Objective of the project

Increasing the diversity of kantele music and its presentation with new forms of cross-border activities.

Main activities

• Developing the new Finnish-Russian Kantele Music Programme which will combine kantele’s traditional melodies and songs with innovative compositions belonging to contemporary music genres • Carring out three tours presenting the new Kantele Programme in Eastern Finland and in the Republic of Karelia. • Producinh, publishing and promoting 40-50 video clips presenting the Programme and new kantele compositions in global video-sharing platforms (e.g. YouTube and Facebook). • Organizing master courses on contemporary kantele playing techniques. • Arranging two Youth Kantele Creative Forums, where school-children will learn alternative styles of playing kantele, kantele improvisation techniques, and composing skills. • Carring out a comparative study of international experiences in ethnic music promotion and development and research on new cultural niches for kantele music. • Preparing the International Kantele Promotion Action Plan for 2021-2030.


Basic information




2019-01-01 - 2023-07-31

Total Budget / Programme funding

433 001 € / 389 700 €

Lead partner

Budgetary Institution «The Karelian National Song and Dance Ensemble Kantele»
Lead partner web-site


University of Eastern Finland (Finland)
Municipal public institution of additional education National School of Arts of Pryazha district
Runolaulu-Akatemian kannatusyhdistys ry (Finland)