Festive folk cruise Folkandia will take place from 11–12 January on the ferry M/S Silja Europa. Music Estonia is also participating and audience has a chance to enjoy performances by Estonian artists.

Participating delegates are Music Estonia's director Virgo Sillamaa and Svjata Vatra's manager and Music Estonia's board member Terje Trochynskyi. Music Estonia will also host a breakfast gathering.

Estonian musicians performing at Folklandia are Tuulikki Bartosik, RIFFARRICA (Duo Malva & Priks), Rüüt, MandoTrio and Eva Väljaots. They are supported by the Estonian Institute in Finland.

The most international of these artists, accordionist Tuulikki Bartosik (performing on 12th Jan at 12:30), is a long-time influencer in the field of Estonian traditional music. She is open-minded and innovative and one of the leading contemporary accordionists in the world. She has released five albums and an EP in Europe and Japan, she tours actively in different parts of Europe and Japan.

The skilful four-member ensemble Rüüt (performing on 12th Jan at 00:00) is also heading abroad. Their music has been characterised mystical and harmonious. Rüüt’s music is a good listening to folk lovers, those interested in technical intricacies and also to wonderers of mellow musical landscapes.

RIFFARRICA (performing on 12th Jan at 02:00), formerly known as Duo Malva & Priks features Kulno Malva and Kristjan Priks, both experienced folk musicians, who have joined forces to make vigorous and masculine folk music – folk with muscle.

Giving their debut concert at an international festival, MandoTrio (performing on 12th Jan at 11:00) consists of three young and ambitious mandolin players. Kannel player Eva Väljaots (performing on 12th Jan at 10:15) is an improviser and a wanderer along the borders of different soundscapes.

Finland's biggest folklore winter event, which takes place for 22 hours, offering the whole package of folk euforia for 3000 cruise guests. Background organisers for the Folklandia cruise are the most important Finnish associations, events and schools in the field of folk. The practical side is organized by Finnish Youth Association's event office Pispala Schottische from Tampere.

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