Not So Silent Night: Tradition, Transformation and Cultural Understandings of Christmas Music Events in Helsinki, Finland

  title={Not So Silent Night: Tradition, Transformation and Cultural Understandings of Christmas Music Events in Helsinki, Finland},
  author={David K. Hebert and Alexis Anja Kallio and Albi Odendaal},
  journal={Ethnomusicology Forum},
  pages={402 - 423}
The aim of this research was to investigate the characteristics of Finnish joulumusiikki (Christmas music) concerts and sing-alongs—popular events attended by over one-fifth of Finnish people. Joulumusiikki events were studied through ethnographic observations and interviews conducted at five prominent Christmas music venues in the capital city, Helsinki. Findings highlight how these events may be understood as rituals that both maintain traditions and mediate the transformations of… 
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