Welcome to Folklandia Cruise 10-11 January 2025!
The sold-out Folklandia from 12-13 January 2024 was a celebration of folk music and dance from start to finish! The audience enjoyed performances by top artists from our country and neighbouring countries on six different stages. Grassroots folk enthusiasts from all over the country also played an important role in the programme and a huge number of spontaneous performances were seen all over the ship. Now in its 27th year, Folklandia was once again an unforgettable, round-the-clock folk experience for its visitors!
Folklandia, Finland's largest winter folklore event, will take place again on 10-11 January 2025.
Finland's biggest folklore winter event opens the festival year for the 28th time from the 10th to the 11th of January 2025. A record-breaking 105 artists/groups will cruise from Turku to Kapellskär and back. It will be sizzling hot folk fun once again for everyone! See later the festival schedule!
On the cruise you have a chance to see more than a hundred different ensembles from various countries, all of them being the top names of folk music and folk dance. The Folklandia cruise plays and dances for 22 hours, offering the whole package of folk euphoria for 2000 cruise guests. At midnight Folklandia dances Huutokatrilli, midday is reserved for competing in the Finnish championships of Tikkuristi. Hurray Folk! party is dedicated for celebrating those, who have achieved great things on the field of folk.
Departure and return
Tallink Siljan Baltic Princess departs on Friday 10.1.2025 from Turku at 18.30 and returns on Saturday 11.1.2025 at 16.30. The Folklandia will cruise between Turku and Kapellskär.
Check-in and ticket distribution starts at 15.30 on Friday 10.1.2025 at the Silja Line terminal in the port of Turku.
On the day of departure, random baggage checks will be carried out at the Turku terminal. The security personnel will ask passengers to remove from their bags any excess soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, etc. that have been opened. All soft drinks and cans of juice over 0.5 litres are also prohibited, as are all food items.
NOTE! Every passenger on a Folklandia cruise must carry a government-issued photo identification document (passport, identity card, driving licence). Travel documents are currently checked for all passengers travelling between Finland and Sweden.
According to the ship company rules, passengers under the age of 18 always travel in the same cabin with their supervisor, but for Folklandia's performing groups the age rule that applies is for every ten (10) passengers under the age of 18 there must be at least one supervisor aged 25 or over.
Finnish championships of Tikkuristi
Finnish championships of Tikkuristi, that is open for everyone, can be won with fast feet. Tikkuristi is a genre for skilled folks, where solo dancers dance between two sticks crossed over each other. The winner is the one who can dance the longest without touching the sticks, while the tempo of the music keeps speeding up. Welcome to join the fun!
We are all equal in Folklandia!
Equality is important to us. Since the year 2009 Finnish Youth Association has declared to be a discrimination-free zone. Our goal at the Folklandia cruise is that anyone participating in our activities or events will have have equal opportunities to take part in them and to be treated equally no matter what their background is. In addition to not to discriminate anyone, it is also about understanding, attitudes, way of thinking and considering others.
Background organizers for the Folklandia cruise are the most important Finnish and Nordic associations, events and schools in the field of folk. The practical side is organized by Finnish Youth Association's event office Pispala Sottiisi in Tampere. We are a member of CIOFF (The International Council of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Art).
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