Kokkola Winter Accordion starts its 16th season in February 2014. The eclectic and lively festival and its ever-evolving lineup makes for a warm and uplifting cultural event in the dead of winter.
As usual, the wintry week in February returns with a surprisingly diverse offering of performances and events.
The festival begins with a celebration service in the city church. During the week we get to experience, among other events, a children’s concert performed by Loiskis; a walk down memory lane through the era of Unto Jutila; and the joy of young accordion virtuosos letting loose. We also get to go back in time to old Neristan (Kokkola’s historic district) as well as enjoy concerts for the city’s elderly and in the Kallentori. In other words, accordion will ring out around the city, indoors and out.
The festival news this year is Pietarsaari/Jakobstad Day, when Teemu Haapaniemi and friends will perform in the recently completed Schauman Hall with Accordion Goes Laser. On that same day in Pietarsaari/Jakobstad, jazz will flow from O’Leary’s Pub. In an exclusive performance, Motion trio will present Polish accordion tunes in Kokkola, their only concert in Finland. On Friday evening, the festival welcomes Hehkumo with Pauli Hanhiniemi.
The jewel in the crown of this event-filled week is Guardia Nueva’s grand performance concert on the evening of Saturday, February 22. Soloists in this Snellman Hall performance include Mari Palo, Mika Pohjonen and Jonna Pirttijoki. Sunday’s last splash takes place outdoors in the afternoon while night brings the festival finale, Sunday’s Grand Dance.
Come and be captivated by Winter Accordion!