The second phase of Kalevala into the New Millennium -project: Souten soamma suuren hauvin, airoten kalan paremman
Funded by Euregio Karelia Neighbourhood Programme 2001-2006
Objective of the project
This project carried on the work for preserving and reviving the cultural heritage. The project strived for demonstrating the significance of cultural heritage in terms of building the future and, in particular, to demonstrate by modern means the unique character of the Karelian cultural heritage to people today.
• Producing both digital tradition material (for over 200 hours) and virtual material, in addition to reproductions of the traditional material to be used for marketing the Kalevala and Karelian cultures, • Publication of two scientific articles, • Organisation of exhibitions, lectures, seminars and other events such as runic song concerts.
The project produced both digital tradition material (for over 200 hours) and virtual material, in addition to re-productions of the traditional material to be used for marketing the Kalevala and Karelian cultures. The project published, among others, 4 CD discs, two discs in conjunction with books and 18 books, some aimed for children, some for young people and some for adults, and two scientific publications. All publications were made in cooperation with one or another of the project partners. The publications of the project received a lot of publicity. Publications were given away as gifts in connection with various events during the project. The project also created an audio archive for the web which, however, was not made accessible to the public during the project. The intention was to expand the archive with the project `Folk Music Development Project in Support of Cultural Tourism´, after which it would be open for the public during the first half of 2008. The project managed to produce high quality material and prove that the Kalevala and cultural knowledge can continue a rich existence and interest various communities today as well. More generally, it was noted that cultural traditions could form a foundation for business activities even today (e.g. cultural products such as books, CD discs, cultural travel). First of all, the project made people aware of things that had already disappeared from the collective memory of the younger generations. There were several productions for children and young people that are likely to make the new generations interested in their cultural background.
Duration2004-06-14 - 2007-08-13
Total Budget / Programme funding628 000 € / 516 245 €
Lead partnerThe Juminkeko Foundation
Lead partner web-site
PartnersThe Committee of National Issues of the Republic of Karelia
The Cultural Ministry of the Republic of Karelia