KALEVALA: Magic, Music and Myth
MUSICA NORDICA delivers workshops for 7+ years to adult to support learning and engagement. Centred around music, we explore resonances with the rich oral and visual traditions of Scotland and the Nordic countries through their languages, literature, imagery and songs.
In Kalevala, the Finnish 'folk epic', music is magic and words are power - reflecting the great oral tradition whence it came.
Kalevala: Magic, Music and Myth is a workshop series, led by Finnophile musician Toby Hawks and designer Simon Munro, introducing Finland's national epic and a major landmark of European literature.
We explore creatively the importance of words, music and imagery in Kalevala and inspire students to produce their own stories, music and images in response.
Kalevala, was the magnificent creation of Elias Lönnrot, a physician and philologist who began amassing folk tales in 1827 while a young doctor in the eastern Kajaani district of Finland. Over the next 20 years, he welded this rich but disjointed oral mythology into one extraordinary literary whole: a thrillingly compelling narrative giving voice and validity to the Finnish people and their native tongue.
Kalevala's influence was deep and far-reaching, embracing art, music, literature, architecture and politics. Each year, its lasting inspiration is celebrated on February 28th, the date Lönnrot completed the first version of his masterpiece. We celebrate it by exploring this remarkable work through music, words and pictures.
Students are invited to unleash their creativity as they are transported into the fantastical, but thoroughly human, world of Kalevala.