Viru Folk 08.-10.08.2014 Käsmu (Eng)

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The seventh Viru Folk festival takes place in the captain’s village of Käsmu from August 8th to 10th. This year the festival focuses on the culture of the indigenous Nordic Sami people. In fact, it was the aboriginal music of the Sami that gave birth to Viru Folk, since the main organiser, Peep Veedla, fell in love with folk music while enjoying an Angelit concert in Lapland in August 2007, and no more than a year later the first Viru Folk event took place.

This year’s Viru Folk introduces the Sami culture in more depth through its music as well as movies, exhibitions, poetry, dishes, and souvenirs. Sami musicians from Norway and Sweden, as well as Finland, will meet here. For example, the Angelit (FI sami) ensemble will perform at Viru Folk – naturally, for the second time – but first-time performers in Estonia include the Intrigue (NO sami), which is the only heavy-joik band in the world, Niko Valkeapää (NO sami), the pioneer of traditional Sami music, as well as the merry young Sami called Niillas Holmberg & Roope Mäenpää (FI sami) and SomBy (FI sami), but also long-time crowd-pleasers Transjoik (NO sami) and Jon Henrik Fjällgren (SE sami), the young star of a Swedish talent show. In addition to the Sami, foreign performers are also arriving from elsewhere: guitar virtuoso Vicki Genfan from the USA, the Russian all-ladies band Iva Nova, with their humorous performance, the aboriginal Fejd from Sweden, and so on.

However, since no Viru Folk festival has managed without fine Estonian music, this year’s festival also offers the greatest number of domestic performers. These include Dagö, Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band, Indigolapsed, Vanaviisi, Curly Strings, Sadamasild, Kõrsikud, Henry Laks & Seitsmes Meel, Tuulelõõtsutajad, Silver Sepp, Triinu Taul, Rüüt, and many more. As special projects, ensemble Oort is organising a memorial concert for Sünteri Sass, and the crowd can also enjoy the Jaan Sööt 50 gala, where the jubilarian will perform together with Riho Sibul, Bonzo, InBoil, Jäääär, and Helena Wanje.

This year, as usual, there are two large outdoor stages in Käsmu and there is also plenty of music on the three smaller stages. In addition, street musicians fill the festival’s main street with instrumental music.

Tickets can be bought from all branches of Piletilevi or from

It is possible to travel to Käsmu by car, boat or by bus.

Those who travel by car can either leave their car at the free car park 3,5 km before Käsmu and use free bus transportation between the free car park and the village of Käsmu (bus schedule: Fri at 3pm-3am, Sat at 10am-3am, Sun at 10am-11pm, departures every 30 minutes) or buy a one-time parking ticket in Käsmu village for €10.

Those who come by bus can use the folk bus of Looduse Omnibuss, the schedule can be obtained from:

In Käsmu, you can spend the night on a campsite. The ticket for the Viru Folk's campsite is €3 per night per person and pre-registration is not required. The campsite is equipped with toilets and cold water.

Sauna in Lainela resort village
Ticket: €2
Renting a towel: €2
Buying a towel: €15

Baggage room in the sauna house of the Lainela resort village at 2pm-12am, on Sunday at 2pm-9:30pm. Fee €2.

In Käsmu, there is no local shop. However, in the festival area there are many caterers and the locals of Käsmu also offer a range of foodstuff from their open gardens.

For children:
All the activities for children are taking place in and around the Käsmu Marine Museum.






Good ideas provided by Jaak Johanson, Ants Johanson, Lauri Saatpalu, Ott Sandrak, Kaie Tanner, Ele Veedla jpt.

The beach behind the Käsmu Sea Museum where the Ingman Seastage is situated.
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