Di­ver­sity of Mu­sic Her­itage -symposium

Dear all,

Warmly welcome to the Di­ver­sity of Mu­sic Her­itage -symposium at Kaustinen, Finland, on 8–9 June 2023. The event is also live streamed. Please, register before 1 June!

On behalf of the organisers, with kind regards,
Outi Valo

Di­ver­sity of Mu­sic Her­itage -symposium
8–9 June 2023, Folk Art Centre, Kaustinen, Finland. The event will also be broadcast online through a live stream.

Heritage has become an increasingly attractive area of activity, whether in official cultural policies, tourist destinations or academic inquiries. Concerning music, there are numerous heritage sites around the world, as well as the network of Cities of Music, sanctioned by UNESCO. Music features centrally also in global and national listings of intangible cultural heritage.

In music research, there is a growing body of relevant analyses, notably in the fields of ethnomusicology and popular music studies. Consequently, there is arguably a dual focus either on non-European folk and traditional musics with an interest in human and minority rights, or on popular music as a component in the originality of cities and other localities, as well as in their promotion and branding. In both cases heritagisation of music is intertwined with cultural politics, music tourism and exploitation of immaterial property rights, not to mention developing digital innovations or music in the museum, for instance when considering how institutional holdings and responses to music’s cultural and economic value are managed.

The symposium is a joint effort between the research project ” Diversity of Music Heritage in Finland”, funded by Kone Foundation and hosted by the University of the Arts Helsinki in collaboration with the Finnish Folk Music Institute, and the Nordic and Baltic network on Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Programme (changes are still possible!)
Updates to the programme are added to the events web page https://www.uniarts.fi/en/events/diversity-of-music-heritage/
Facebook-event: https://fb.me/e/2RPWoyl84

Thursday June 8th 2023:
14:30 Opening Ceremony - Welcoming Words
Professor Antti-Ville Villén, Uniarts Helsinki & University of Cambridge
Director Matti Hakamäki, Finnish Folk Music Institute, Kaustinen
15:00 What have styles and genres got to do with music heritage?
Thematic session
Ph.D., Adjunct Professor Giacomo Bottà, Uniarts Helsinki & Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Ph.D., Adjunct Professor Janne Mäkelä, Uniarts Helsinki
Ph.D. Outi Valo, The Finnish Folk Music Institute & Uniarts Helsinki
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 Individual Papers
Anna Peltomäki - Making and keeping popular music heritage in-between institutions
Airin Tegelmann - The Haçienda Must Be Built – Sensory Heritage of the 1980s Manchester Nightclub
Tommi Iivonen - Locality in the '90s and '00s Pori Alternative Music Scene
Sven Midberg - The Spelmanslag as an arena for exploring music heritage
17:50 Break
19:00 Dinner & Jam
Only for the participants registered to participate in the symposium and dinner before 1 June.

Friday June 9th 2023
9:00 Keynote Speech
Tiago de Oliveira Pinto
UNESCO Chair Holder, Head of Musicology Department in University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar & Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
10:00 Break
10:20 Individual Papers
Fiamma Mozzetta - Visual representations of the Italian sonic past: TV, films and documentaries
Kong Tianshu - Recreating Traditional Chinese Music as Cultural Heritage and Its Role in Shaping China's Image: A Case Study of the 2020-2023 Chinese Spring Festival Gala
11:00 TBC - short introduction to Näppäri-method for folk music education
11:30 Concert: Grand final for the folk music course for children and youth using a Näppäri-method for folk music education
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Nordic and Baltic Network on ICH: Community involvement and research on intangible cultural heritage
Thematic session
Aivar Ruukel, Soomaa National Park, Estonia
Helen Külvik, Seto Institute, Estonia
Dafvid Hermansson, The Eel Coast Cultural Heritage NGO & The Kivik’s Museum & Archives Foundation, Sweden
Matti Hakamäki, Finnish Folk Music Institute, Kaustinen, Finland
14:30 Break
14:50 Individual Papers
Job Wester - Grunnderground: Underground Music Scenes and the Creation of Regional Identity and Heritage in the Netherlands
Arja Kastinen/Vilma Timonen - Politics of heritage music in formal education: Lessons from Runosong culture to culturally sustainable education
15:30 Ending Ceremony

Kaustinen is a rural municipality of roughly 4 300 inhabitants, located in Central Ostrobothnia some 450 km north from Helsinki, the capital of Finland, and known for its annual Folk Music Festival in July (kaustinen.net/en/) which in 2022 brought in 43 000 visitors. There is also at the same time a large folk music course for children and youth (usually around 300 participants) in Kaustinen, so these dates also give a great view of the Näppäri method to music education.

The symposium organisers provide a chartered bus ride from Seinäjoki railway station to Kaustinen on Thursday 8 June from the morning train, leaving at 8.24 from the Helsinki Railway station (Train number: InterCity 23). The train will be in Seinäjoki at 11.05 and the bus leaves after that to Kaustinen (a 1,5-hour drive). There is also a chartered bus ride from Kaustinen to Seinäjoki on Friday 9 June after ending the symposium. Using the chartered bus drive it is possible to catch the train leaving from Seinäjoki railway station at 18.28 (arrives in Helsinki at 21.35, Train number: Pendolino 34). Train tickets must be purchased before boarding the train: www.vr.fi/en/. Please, register to use the chartered bus by filling the registration form to the symposium.

If you're travelling another time, the nearest railway station is Kokkola, 4 hours from Helsinki and 45 km from Kaustinen; for travel options, see www.vr.fi/en/, and for bus connections from Kokkola to Kaustinen, www.matkahuolto.fi/en/. There are also direct bus connections from Helsinki to Kaustinen offered by OnniBus (the timetable for June will be published later): https://www.onnibus.com/home.

Accommodation will be available for example at Hotel Kaustinen. Please make your reservations directly to the hotel's email address info [at] hotellikaustinen.fi

Attendees can choose to participate in-person or online (broadcast online through a live stream). The registration for the event is free of charge and open for all participants.

To participate in the event you must fill in the online form: https://forms.office.com/e/nwd3RdXFhH

Registrations for in-person participants close on the 1st of June! We can also take participants after registration has ended but cannot guarantee lunch options, coffee etc (self-paid) during the breaks in the Folk Art Centre. Registration for online participants is open until 7 June.

Outi Valo
Finnish Folk Music Institute, Executive archive administrator
Phone number +358 40 159 4415
Kansanmusiikki-instituutti, vastaava arkistonhoitaja