Ethnogala nominees have been selected

The nominees in the second edition of the Finnish Ethnogala have been announced. The leading figures in folk music, world music and folk dance will be awarded on the 10th of January at the Ethnogala, which will take place at Tavastia in Helsinki.  

At the Ethnogala, awards will be handed out in seven categories to the most interesting and distinguished figures in folk music, world music and folk dance. Expert juries have chosen three nominees for each category from submissions from the public. All winners will be announced at the Ethnogala. You can learn more about the nominees in the biographies below.

“We are thrilled by the large number of proposals from the public. We received a total of 300 submissions, which is an increase by around 30 from last year. The expert juries have done a great job, as the list of nominees really reflect the whole industry”, says Sirpa Lahti, the Executive Director of the Promotion Centre for Finnish Folk Music & Folk Dance.  

Ethnogala nominations 2019

Artist of the Year
The Artist of the Year is a brilliant Finnish soloist or group who has attracted attention in the field of folk music and folk dance.

  • Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble
  • Johanna Juhola
  • Sväng

Folk Music Creator of the Year (awarded by Finnish Music Creators)
The Folk Music Creator of the Year is a Finnish composer or lyricist who has raised the bar for folk music through multi-faceted, ambitious work.

  • Heikki Laitinen
  • Solju
  • Tuuletar

Dance creator of the year
With their work, The Dance Creator of the Year have a profound influence and presence both in and beyond the folk dance scene. They value traditions while bravely pushing boundaries with new ideas.

  • Hanna Poikela
  • Kaari Martin
  • Tanssiteatteri Tsuumi

Intersection Award (awarded by the Global Music Centre)
The Intersection Award goes to a person, group, community or body that has advanced encounters between cultures and their rights to their own music.

  • Haapavesi Folk Music Festival
  • Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble
  • Kulttuuriyhdistämö Interkult

Border Breaking Act of the Year (awarded by Music Finland)
The export award goes to an act that has aroused interest in the international music field and demonstrated export-readiness.

  • Antti Paalanen
  • Sväng
  • Tuuletar

Newcomer of the Year
The Newcomer of the Year is someone who has boldly earned his or her place as a new figure in Finland’s folk music and folk dance scene.

  • mammantytöt!
  • Pauanne
  • Solju

Producer of the year
Producer of the year is a person, company, organisation or a team who, through their work and activities, enables the development of the field.

  • Bafe’s Factory
  • Kulttuuriosuuskunta Uulu
  • Rahvaanmusiikin kerho

The Ethnogala will focus on live folk music and folk dance rather than speeches, and Helsinki’s legendary Tavastia Club will be transformed into an ethno club with two performance stages. The Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle will record and broadcast the event on its TV, radio and internet channels. The broadcast will include performances and interviews from both stages as well as the green room and backstage areas. The live TV and radio stream will also be available abroad.  

The names of the artists that will perform at the gala will be announced in the beginning of October 2018. 

Ethnogala tickets are available from Tiketti: Advance tickets 12-20 € and at the door 25 € (if available)

Ethnogala is arranged by The Promotion Centre for Finnish Folk Music & Folk Dance. Partners include The Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) the Global Music Centre, Music Finland, Finnish Music Creators, Dance Info Finland, Suomen nuorisoseurat, Folklandia cruise and and the Association for Rural Education and Culture.

The Ethnogala is part of a larger programme of events called Riding the Folk Wave Together, which also includes:
11.1. The FolkForum seminar
11.-12.1. The Folklandia cruise, Helsinki-Tallinn
12.1. The Folklandia afterparty  

All accreditation requests should be sent to by 15 December 2018.

The biographies of all Ethnogala nominees can be found at

Images of the nominees can be downloaded here:  

The 2017 broadcast of the first edition of the Ethnogala can be watched here:

Further information and interview requests:
Sirpa Lahti
Promotion Centre for Finnish Folk Music & Folk Dance
+358 40 7384736  

Graphic design: Minna Lusa (Yle)

Communications: Marjatta & Kaisa Oy