On March 1, 2023, Finland applied for the European cultural heritage label for the Kalevala as a living epic tradition. The project’s implementers are Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, which is the main applicant for the project, as well as the Gallen-Kallela Museum, the Juminkeko Foundation and Parppeinvaara’s poetry village together with a wide network of collaborations. The Kalevalaseura foundation acts as the gathering body of the cooperation network. The European Commission will make a decision on awarding the badge by spring 2024.
Juminkeko Foundation will implement a project named On the Trail of The Kalevala. The purpose of this project is to support the various forms of living heritage in communities’ everyday life and use new methods to increase the awareness of international cultural travelers about the birth of The Kalevala, its connections to European cultural heritage during the first half of the 19th century and to the art movement known as Karelianism, the golden age of Finnish art in the 1890s and the early 20th century, the impact of The Kalevala on the birth of the Finnish identity, and the use of The Kalevala based on various interests.
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