I would like to have information about Carelia district, the Finnish Carelia.

I would like to have information about Carelia district, the Finnish Carelia.

I would like to have information about Carelia district, the Finnish Carelia. About culture and especially folk art, both old and modern. In English, please.

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Your question is quite extensive to answer in few words.
As you might be aware is Finnish Karelia divided into two sections; South and North Karelia. Here you may explore some web pages of them:

http://www.pohjois-karjala.fi/Resource.phx/maakuntaliitto/english/index.htx
http://www.ekarjala.com/
http://www.jns.fi/Resource.phx/sivut/sivut-jns/index.htx
http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=33096&L...

Following few links might also help you to find general and spesific information about karelian culture and folk art:

http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=25907&L...
http://www.factbites.com/topics/Finnish-Karelia
http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=25907
http://www.mythinglinks.org/euro~east~finno~Finland.html

About karelian folk music and instruments you'll find more information at next pages:

http://www.uta.fi/laitokset/mustut/populaarimusiikki/aineisto/fusion.html
http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=27002&L...
http://virtual.finland.fi/finfo/english/folkmus4.html
http://www.fimic.fi/fimic/fimic.nsf/mainframe?readform&26F94CFA96805061C...

The most famous modern folk music is played by Värttinä from North Karelia.
http://www.varttina.com/
http://www.sarikaasinen.com/sarin_tarina/index.php

Karelia has inspired many wellknown painters in Finland:

http://www.fng.fi/fng/html4/en/ateneum/guide/cont/chap6/sect1/page55.htm

There exists a lot of websites (museums, galleries etc.) about karelian folk art but unfortunately not in english.
There are two kind of exhibitions in the North Karelian Museum. Local history and folk-tradition is introduced in the permanent exhibitions. You may ask more information about karelian folk art from following page and contact adress:

http://www.carelicum.fi/e_index.html

As you might know the Finnish national epic Kalevala is collected at karelian area. Information about folk traditons and Kalevala:

http://www.finlit.fi/english/index.htm
http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=27022
http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=27022&L...

Also the Orthodox religion has influenced to karelian culture:

http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=25813&L...

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