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Members of the CIA Executive Committee, Music Committee, Delegates and Guests
would like to thank our CIA Vice President Mr. Kimmo Mattila for organizing the
2006 CIA Winter Congress and 115th General Assembly of Delegates in Ikaalinen,
Welcome to the 2006 CIA Winter Congress in Finland
Friday, 24 February 2006 - Monday, 27 February 2006
Host: Finland - Suomen Harmonikkaliitto (SHL)
|General Travel Information|
|Schedule of Events|
Pictured: View to the Ikaalinen Church down the main Street of Ikaalinen, December 16, 2005
Thursday - February 23, 2006
Friday - February 24, 2006
Saturday - February 25, 2006
Sunday - February 26, 2006
Monday - February 27, 2006
Tuesday - February 28, 2006
|Welcome to Ikaalinen|
Finland is nestled on the banks of Lake Kyrösjärvi, the 49th largest
lake in Finland covering 96.2 square km. During the Winter Congress visit, the
lake will be completely frozen over, and afford guests the opportunity to experience
some traditional Winter activities. Ikaalinen is home to the largest Spa and Indoor
Swimming and Water complex in Scandinavia.|
A large part of the accordion life in Finland is centered in Ikaalinen and is formed into three groups, the Finnish Accordion Association, the Sata-Häme Soi Accordion Festival and the Finnish Accordion Institute. Even this bird gets into the Ikaalinen spirit, by checking into the accordion Birdhouse located outside the Hanuritalo in Ikaalinen.
The CIA member, the Finnish Accordion Association has some 5,000 plus members. The association gives accordionists an opportunity to belong to a central accordion family, and an important part of this association is the regular publication of their news, a 50 plus page high quality magazine entitled "Hanuri."
The Sata-Häme Soi Ikaalinen Accordion Festival offers performances and concerts covering a broad range of styles as you can see from these pages which review the 2003 Festival. The Sata-Häme Soi also has a winter cruise which attracts thousands.
The Finnish Accordion Institute caters to academic accordion activities with the archives of accordion activities, publishing new and past accordion works, CD's and other important accordion projects, including a museum and offering support for the summer festival and cruise.
This terrific cooperation between three major accordion groups is an inspiration to the accordion world on the ability of groups to work together for the common goal of promoting the accordion.
(It should also be mentioned that in addition to these three groups promoting the accordion, many conservatories also accept the accordion for studies, the most famous being the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki which has both Classical and Folk departments.)
In addition, there is also an Accordion Museum which houses over 100 instruments of various styles, including the 'Accordion Bench" demonstrated here (left) by Kimmo Mattila, President of the Finnish Accordion Association and CIA Vice President. Having the appearance of a piano stool, it converts into an accordion much to the amusement of patrons who have just tested it out.
|Delegates and Guests will stay at the Ikaalinen Spa|
in an area of natural beauty on the banks of Lake Kyrösjärvi, the Ikaalinen
Spa is an atmospheric leisure complex and conference centre where CIA delegates
and guest will be able to enjoy a refreshing and relaxing experience.
If you are interested on keeping up your health and looking for complete refreshment you will have a wide choice. Go to the therapy department to have relaxing and beneficial spa treatments like massage, bath and cures. Or visit Water Park in the main building Maininki: swim in the pools with whirls, swirls and showers, enjoy the tropical warmth, the Turkish steam sauna, the Finnish sauna and solarium. And afterwards you can pop in for a drink in Tropical Bar. Luxurious moments are waiting for you!
the Ikaalinen Spa you can exercise in summer and in winter, indoors and outdoors.
For example jogging tracks, tennis courts, squash courts, a bowling hall, surfing,
a slalom slope and crosscountry tracks are available. Rivera is a center of various
summer activities for the whole family. Ikaalinen Art Centre in Spa area offers
highly praised summer art exhibitions. In summer there is a boat service between
the Spa and the town centre.
|The Finnish Accordion Association Cruise|
and Guests will be taken by bus to Turku to take part in the annual Finnish Accordion
Association Cruise which goes between Turku, Finland - Sweden and back.|
The CIA will conduct its final meeting on board the Silja Europa in the modern conference facilities during this overnight cruise.
Joining 3,000 other accordionists of all ages from all over Finland, delegates and guests will enjoy non-stop accordion music of many styles, including Finnish Folk Music and dancing, Cajun, Tex Mex, Jazz, accordion orchestras and ensembles, trade show displays of instruments, recordings and music and an accordion competition.
Accordion music is found all over the boat, including in the restaurants, hallways, bars, theaters, conference rooms, restaurants, and even over the intercom and on the TV.
Accommodations are in the comfortable cabins located through the many floors of the Silja Europa cruiseliner.
|The CIA Archives in Ikaalinen|
The archives of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA), a member of the International Music Council (IMC-UNESCO) are beginning to take shape with a recent donation of material from the New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) and a substantial donation from former CIA Vice President Maddalena Belfiore, who has kindly donated all her material pertaining to the CIA to the archives center.
A Vice President for 16 years and recipient of the CIA Merit Award, Maddalena Belfiore has donated all of her material including CIA News Books from as early as 1954, CIA Program Books dating to 1961 and minutes and general correspondence spanning several decades.
The archives are housed at the Hanuritalo (Accordion House) in Ikaalinen, Finland which is also the home of the CIA member, the Finnish Accordion Association. Many other accordion activities are centered in Ikaalinen, including the Finnish Accordion Institute, an accordion museum, an accordion factory and repair center and the Sata-Häme Soi International Accordion Festival. With so many accordion activities in Ikaalinen, it is not surprising that even this bird checks into an accordion bird house located outside the Hanuritalo.
The archives will collect all materials pertaining to the CIA such as all Test Pieces, program books, information such as recordings and bios from all CIA winners, Merit and Honored Friend award recipients, press coverage, mark sheets and results from previous competitions, minutes of General Assembly Meetings, News Books, correspondence and much more. Not only does it profile the history of the CIA, but also the important evolution of the accordion and the accordion movement in each country.
Making his second trip to Finland with material for the archives, CIA President Kevin Friedrich traveled to Ikaalinen on November 14-16, 2005 to personally hand deliver the material from Mrs. Belfiore and the New Zealand Accordion Association, make preliminary inventory reports as well as conduct a Press conference. With the archive center creating considerable interest in Finland, the press conference attracted some of the largest newspapers in Finland which each featured stories and pictures of the work being done.
The first archive donation of many CIA Test Piece scores was made by Ernest Deffner, Inc, the parent company of Ernest Deffner Publications commemorating the firm's own 70th anniversary. The president of the firm Faithe Deffner is a long time friend of the CIA and has been a United States delegate to the CIA for more than 32 years.
Anyone interested in donating their material pertaining to the CIA to the Archives is invited to do so, by sending the material to:
Archives - Hanuritalo
To conclude the CIA 70th Anniversary year, an official CIA Archive ribbon cutting ceremony will officially open the archives during this CIA Winter Congress meeting in Ikaalinen from February 24-27, 2006.
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