Stir up your Finnish heritage for a Kardemimmit live performance at the Cultural Center!
Saturday April 4th, 2020 at 7:30pm
Tickets = $5 |  Students = FREE


Per Emergency Executive Order 20-04 from Governor Walz, the Cultural Center will be closed now through March 27, with all events postponed or canceled. At this point we are taking a responsible, safety-first stance in working to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and help protect our communities. We also recognize the importance of the arts in providing creative solutions, opportunities for connections, and reminders of all the beauty that surrounds us, particularly during times of crisis. To this end, staff is working hard to provide ways to connect electronically and offer some “Daily Doses of Kulcher” for our communities. More Daily Doses of Kulcher on our Facebook Page.


Kardemimmet means sound of the Finnish forest.

Kardemimmit takes you to a journey into the Finnish Midsummer’s magical night where the sun doesn’t set at all. The air is filled with the ancient mystery of time standing still and the nature is heartbreakingly beautiful at the peak of it’s bloom.

Arts Midwest is bringing the vocal harmonies and fresh melodies of Kardemimmit, a music ensemble from Finland, to New York Mills as part of Arts Midwest Folkefest. During a week-long residency in New York Mills, Kardemimmit will offer workshops in local school and other community locations, and will perform live in concert at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Kardemimmit’s visit to New York Mills is made possible by a partnership between Arts Midwest, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, with support from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies and the American Scandinavian Foundation.

Since 2017, Arts Midwest Folkefest has brought Scandinavian musicians to communities across the Midwest. The program works in small and mid-sized Midwestern states that experienced a significant influx of Scandinavian immigrants during the 1800s and 1900s and still bear signs of this heritage today.

Arts Midwest Folkefest seeks to deepen awareness of Scandinavian traditions present in the Midwest while fostering curiosity and appreciation for global cultures.

Torrie Allen, president and CEO of Arts Midwest shares, “Arts Midwest’s goal is to inspire and connect Midwest communities and people through this program. We believe these visits offer beautiful opportunities for the musicians and our communities to share cultural traditions and heritage, whether through workshops in schools, concerts in the greater community, or through social gatherings.”

The residency culminates in a public concert on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at the NYM Cultural Center. In honor of the Cultural Center’s 30th anniversary in 2020 – our Year of Gratitude, and the generous grant support from Arts Midwest and the American Scandinavian Foundation – adult tickets are just $5 and students are FREE!  Free will donations will also be accepted to support future Cultural Center programs.

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