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Ikaalinen is renowned for its folk musician tradition as well as its accordion music. The small town is a veritable centre of international accordion music. Every summer, the internationally renowned Sata-Häme Soi festival gathers together thousands of top performers and music lovers from all over the world to the town. Music is strongly present in Ikaalinen because the accordion is the most profound mirror of the Finnish soul.
The core of the Sata-Häme Soi festival is the festival area where music flows and dance continues from morning till late into the night. Both amateurs and professionals, young and old, take to the two stages of the festival area. Some performers come from the other side of the world.
In the idyllic hall of Oma Tupa, visitors can experience the hazy atmosphere of American jazz clubs or the fiery intensity of the Argentine tango. The accordion even takes its listener to the flowing harmonies of the bal-musette music of Parisian cafés or to the sombre moods of gypsy music from the Balkans.
The televised Golden and Silver Accordion competitions and the astonishing international Primus Ikaalinen competition are a unique experience for audiences. The live television broadcast brings a special excitement to the Ikaalinen hall and the audience lives through the twists and turns of the competition. Almost as excited are lovers of accordion music worldwide who are watching events unfold via the Internet.
During the week-long Sata-Häme Soi festival you can experience an unforgettable musical experience, meet world famous musicians, enjoy the heat of dance and meet happy and relaxed festival guests from around Finland.
2nd- 7th July 2013