folkBALTICA is an international festival of national und international significance taking place in the German-Danish boarder region. It provides a unique stage for Nordic and Baltic traditional music culture, as well as from Russia, Poland and Germany.

  • What is the project about?
    folkBALTICA is a festival that presents folk music ranging from traditional folk to jazz and world music. This annual one-week festival has been held every April since 2005.

    The festival's artist in residence 2016:
    Keike Faltings © folkBALTICA
    Every year the focus is on a different special guest country from the Scandinavian/Baltic region, and there is also focus on a particular instrument
    Many well known artists have appeared on the festival’s numerous stages over the years, including Kari Bremnes, Mari Boine, Gunnel Mauritzson, Johanna Juhola, Maria Kalaniemi, Helene Blum, Harald Haugaard, Timo Alakotila, Nils Landgren, Martin Wind, Moscow Art Trio, Kraja, Karl Seglem, Schäl Sick Brass Band, and Trio Mio, to name but a few.

    The successful festival concept has further developed to include films, exhibitions, book readings, and workshops at the university and music schools. In addition to the concerts, these will provide insights into the cultures of the countries around the Baltic Sea. The first festival in 2005 attracted 2,400 people to 27 concerts, workshops, lectures, and films performed by 85 festival artists. In 2010 audience figures topped 5,500, with 47 performances and 95 artists.

  • Who is the target group?

    Lovers of music and culture who are interested in good music, crossover-projects and other surprises. Fans of the traditional music culture as well as of the folk-, world- and folkjazz music from the Nordic and the Baltic region. Pupils, kids and students interested in workshops, movie fans with a passion for music and the Baltic Sea Region and last but not least, art lovers who like to see art exhibitions of different kinds.

  • Next edition of the project

    13th until 21st May 2017

  • Partner projects and co-operation

    folkBALTICA shows films that are often recommended and shown at the Nordic Filmdays (Lübeck/ Germany).

    In 2011, folkBALTICA cooperated with another ARS BALTICA granted project, the exhibition CONNECTING at Museumsberg Flensburg (Germany).

    folkBALTICA has shown the art exhibition Season sorrow by the Latvian artist Evelina Deicmane in cooperation with Galerie Nemo (Eckernförde/ Germany) in 2010.

    folkBALTICA exchanges commissioned works with various festivals like Telemarkfestival Bø, Viljandi Folkmusic Festival and Bergen Festspillen.

    folk BALTICA creates its own special projects such as The Oilseed Rape Ballet (music and dance in the fields), The Heavenly North (a music-literature project), the German premier of the Concert for Free Bass Accordion and Chamber Orchestra by Timo Alakotila, Estonian Springtime (a vocal-choir-folkjazz project), An evening for Rasmus Storm (a folkband project based on the collection of tunes by Rasmus Storm), Fjord Songs (a folkjazz project) and Sun Concert (a music-dance-literature project).


"ARS BALTICA is not a bureaucratic construction for political posturing, but a concept that stands for unconventional and committed collaboration in real cooperative projects." (Rainer Haarmann, former ARS BALTICA Coordinator, 1997)


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Key Facts

  • start of the project in 2005
  • granted with the ARS BALTICA logo in 2005
  • project management in Flensburg (Germany)
  • countries involved in the project are: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Rep. Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Sweden


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