2005 Ikaalinen Festival
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Finland at a Glance
Golden Accordion Award
Meet Maria Kalaniemi
meet Richard Galliano
Festival Faces
PriMUS Ikaalinen

Tuesday - June 28
Wednesday - June 29
Thursday - June 30
Friday - July 1
Saturday - July 2
Sunday - July 3

Past festivals
2006 Festival


Friday 01-07-2005

...and this how it was 11 years ago in 1994, when 1000 accordionists played together at midnight in the Ikaalinen Park "Metsäkukkia" during the Sata-Häme Soi Festival and got inserted in the famous book of records:

the Guiness Record Book.

Thanks to Riitta Liisa Myllymàki for supplying the photograph.
Today 8 players were competing for the victory of the very first PRIMUS IKAALINEN and they came from: Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Scottland, Serbia, Russia, France and Finland - here they are:

Anne-Mari Kanniainen /Finland Jean Riberio/Portugal Nemanja Drazic/Serbia Mickael Vigneau/France Paul Chamberlain/Scottl. Petra Stump-Hofer

After very fine performances of all competitors the jury with (from left to right):
KlausJärvinen from Finland, Kevin Friedrich from New Zealand, Tiit Kalluste from Estonia, Pavel Fenjuk from Ukraina, Mika Väyrynen from Finland and Richard Galliano (president) from France had a very very difficult choice to make in order to decide which are the 2 finalists to play for the first title of the Primus Ikaalinen...some of the competitors dressed in their traditional dresses like Paul Chamberlain from Scottland with his kilt and Petra from Switzerland with her "Dirndl".

The Finalists Alexander Shirunov from Russia (Student of Alexander Dmritiev) performing
Vladimir Zubitsky's "Hommage a Astor Piazzolla"


Idoia Laburu (Student of Joxdn Goikoetxed) from Spain playing "Fou rire" by Richard Galliano.

Who is the best - who will take the first Primus Ikaalinen title
Both were passionate and both expressively performing on stage!

and the winner is: IDOIA LABURU FROM SPAIN Congratulations Idoia! -Bravissima!!!
Idoia Laburu from Spain is 20 years old. She comes from Basque where the tradition of palying accordion is long and distinctive. Their own
Basque music is very interesting and Laburu plays it for us in the competition.
Idoia started to play the accordion at the age of five, ispired by her mother. At the backround might have influenced  also the fact that the accordion has  long traditions among the basques. Idoia also plays the Basques’ own accordion the ”trikitixa”, which is very popular with the
Basques.Idoia is especially excited that this year she has the chance to meet and see many of the international accordionists she admires. For
example Alain Musichini, Richard Galliano, Jerome Richard, Kepa Junkera...Idoia has travelled a lot around the world but this is her first visit
to Finland.

During the live TV-Broadcast Show of 2 hours on the Finnish second national channel the concert hall audience and Finnish TV-spectators from their homechair had the pleasure to listen to all comptitors of the competition and also to a very fine performance of the world famous Finnish Concertist Mika Väyrynen playing a piece of Piazzolla on the Bandoneon

12.00 - 18.00

Friday's Program was:

The Accordion Fair

Accordions, music books, etc.

Venue: Former ”Sale” building at the lower corner of the Festival park

Free Admission

12.00 - 18.00

Folk Music in the Festival Park

Venue: Festival Park, Ikaalinen

Free Admission

12.00 - 24.00

Accordion Pub

Meeting place for accordionists and the public.

Venue: The Yellow School next to the Festival Park, Ikaalinen

Free Admission


Primus Ikaalinen 2005, Final Rehearsal

International Accordion Competition. Participants from Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Finland, Ukraine, Serbia and Russia.

Venue: Ikaalinen Hall

€ 15


Primus Ikaalinen 2005, Final

International Accordion Competition. Participants from all over Europe.
Live TV Broadcast.

Venue: Ikaalinen Hall

€ 25

21.00 - 01.00

Regards from the Open Sea

A dance night. Light music by Matti Lepänhaara, Seppo Soittila and Ruorimiehet.

Venue: Oma Tupa, Ikaalinen

€ 10


Accordion Karaoke

Venue: The Yellow School next to the Festival Park, Ikaalinen

Free Admission


Accordion Cruise

An hour long cruise with the m/s Lempi. Music by Tiina Pitkänen and Seppo Lankinen.

Venue: The Boat Shore, Ikaalinen

in advance

21.00 - 01.00


The performing groups are Remu & Hurriganes, Veli-Matti Järvenpää & Co and the Bryac-band from Ukraine.

Venue: Festival Park, Ikaalinen

€10 in advance
€12 from the gate


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