Open Call for International Artists / Pispala Schottische Folklore Festival


​Pispala Schottische, this lively international folk music and dance festival is an annual celebration of the joy of dance that fills the streets and squares of the old industrial city of Tampere with a versatile programme of indoor and outdoor concerts, competitions, training events, seminars, night dances and club evenings.

This major international celebration of folk dance and music has been bringing enthusiasts and their friends to Tampere since 1970 for the most footloose scene of the summer. Next year will be the jubilee of the festival. Welcome to celebrate the 50 years with us on the 10 – 14 of June in 2020.

We’ve launched an open call for international artists:
Please, fill in the application form by the end of September 2019. Thank you! 

Contact info:

Pispalan Sottiisi – Pispala Schottische Festival 
Executive Director Mr. Jukka Heinämäki
Festival Producer Ms. Jaana Kari

Cultural House Laikku, Keskustori 4
FI-33100, Tampere, Finland
Phone: +358 50 40 98 332

Pispala Schottische is organized by the Finnish Youth Association (Suomen Nuorisoseurat ry). It is a national non-governmental organisation which has over 700 local associations, 15 regional associations and over 20 000 members in Finland. All the associations organise various leisure time activities which are mainly based on culture such as folk dance, theatre, circus, and arts.

We are a member of CIOFF (The International Council of Organizations for Folklore Festivals and Folk Art). Membership in CIOFF requires festival to fulfill certain criteria concerning the number of groups invited, duration of the festival, and quality of the festival organisation.

Find our festival rules & regulations here.