On behalf of all the international delegates, I would like to thank the Finland CIA Premiere Voting Member Suomen Harmonikkaliitto (SHL) and the Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival for hosting the 2018 Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Winter Congress in Kokkola, Finland.
The CIA is a member of the International Music Council (IMC), an NGO official partner of UNESCO. The CIA 139th General Assembly of Delegates Congress will meet in Kokkola from February 16th to 18th with international delegates from many countries enjoying the superb music being featured at the 20th anniversary Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival.
I am sure, all of us will be very happy to return to Finland after the wonderful Coupe Mondiale in Turku in 2015.
Thanks to the Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival Artistic Director Raimo Vertainen for this invitation.
Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes
Mirco Patarini, President
The City of Kokkola congratulates the 20-year-old festival!
For 20 years, the Kokkola Winter Accordion has worked hard trying to lower the threshold for people to come and enjoy the concerts. The Kokkola Winter Accordion and its maestro, Raimo, have made a lasting impression on the music scene in Kokkola and we wish to thank him for his long-term work for the benefit of the city’s cultural life. We would also like to extend our best wishes to the festival in the coming year!