Ijahis idja festival’s livestream concert is broadcasted on August 15th at 19:00 (EEST, UTC +3) from the Sámi Culture Centre Sajos in Inari. The broadcast is free of charge. Audience is not allowed inside Sajos auditorium. Stream link is www.sajos.fi/live

Ijahis idja for the great fells of Käsivarsi

The outermost northwest tip of Finland, a bulge called Käsivarsi or “Arm of Finland” is a target for international mining industry right now. Mining would have irreversible effect on the harsh nature and animals in this wilderness area. The vitality of the area is based on sustainable land use with livelihoods like traditional Sámi livelihoods, nature tourism and recreational activities like hiking. Mining industry has devastating effects on fresh waters, animals and land. Ijahis idja festival wants to show support for the traditional inhabitants of the area and say no to mining in Sámi homeland. The artists of the theme concert are yoikers Iŋgá-Máret Gaup-Juuso and Juha Tornensis. In addition, a voice is given to people in traditional livelihoods in the area.

Ailu Valle ja Gájanas perform modern Sámi music

Ailu Valle is rapper, who performs in Northern Sámi, Finnish and English. Valle combines strong message, technicality and emotion in his style. Ailu Valle released his third solo album “Viidon sieiddit” or “Widened sacrificial stones” on 27.7.2019. In Ijahis idja livestream Ailu Valle will perform with DJ Uyarakq and dancers Janita Rantanen and Niina Rajaniemi.

Gájanas or “echo” is a band that plays Northern Sámi ethno-progressive music. The group comes from the top of Finland, Inari-Utsjoki area and has been nominated as the band of the year by the famous folk music festival Kaustinen. Echoes of Sámi tradition encounter present moment and form a colourful combination in the music of Gájanas.

Festival was cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

The actual festival was cancelled already in May due to the COVID-19 situation at that time. Organizing parties concluded that organizing an international festival in August would be impossible. Giving the circumstances present now the decision is proven correct.

Ijahis idja concert is streamed live on Saturday 15th of August at 7 pm (UTC +3) at www.sajos.fi/live. Concert is organized in collaboration by Ijahis idja festival, Anára Sámisearvi ry, Sámi Music Centre of the Sámi Parliament in Finland, Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos and Sámi Education Centre.

Further info:
Producer Oula Guttorm
+358 40 667 4545