Folkbaltica ( spelling : folkBALTICA ) is a folk festival for Nordic and Baltic music cultures from the Baltic Sea countries in Schleswig-Holstein , which has been held annually since 2005. The events usually take place in April (usually the final concert is exactly four weeks after Easter Sunday) in the German-Danish border area around the central town of Flensburg .
Since 2005, folkBALTICA has initially been organized with a particular country focus or topic:
- 2005: " Norway "
- 2006: " Sweden "
- 2007: " Finland "
- 2008: " Estonia "
- 2009: " Denmark "
- 2010: " Latvia "
- 2011: "European Capitals of Culture of the Baltic Sea Region"
- 2012: "Germany and Denmark - borders and cross-border commuters"
- 2013: " Poland "
A more far-reaching topic was chosen for the 10th anniversary:
- 2014: " Bernsteinstraße " (with artists along the way as well as from all Baltic Sea countries)
Since then the focus has expanded:
- 2015: " North Sea - Baltic Sea "
- 2016: "Voices"
- 2017: "The Great Journey" 
- 2018: "Mountain and Sea" 
- 2019: "Storm & Silence"
(* 2020: "Limitless"  ) --- canceled due to the corona pandemic on March 18, 2020
Folkbaltica was initially an event of the non-profit GmbH folkBALTICA under the umbrella of the cultural Baltic Sea network Ars Baltica . Partners were the Landesmusikrat Schleswig-Holstein e. V. , Sydslesvigsk Forening (SSF), the Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Folk Schleswig-Holstein e. V. and as individuals Rainer Prüss (Flensburg), Jens-Peter Müller (Flensburg), Peter Boll (Rendsburg) and Bernd Künzer (Stein). 
Until June 2012, both the management and the artistic direction were with Jens-Peter Müller. Then there was a separation: Peter Boll, Rendsburg, took over management, while the Danish musician and composer Harald Haugaard was the artistic director for three years .  and will. 
At the shareholders' meeting of the gGmbH on August 27, 2014, the managing partner Peter Boll announced his resignation with immediate effect.  Since no successor was to ensure that the dissolution of the company was initiated - and a new carrier was necessary. It was named folkBALTICA e. V. founded. The association has only institutional members in order to guarantee greater continuity. Juliana Christiansen was the managing director of the association from April 1, 2015 to summer 2019. Then Elisabeth Kose and Nele Spitzley took over the management of the festival, who had already worked for the festival before. Harald Haugaard continues to be the artistic director. [8th]
Founding members of Folk-Baltica eV are: City of Flensburg, Sønderborg Kommune, Tønder Kommune, Sydslesvigsk Forening e. V. (SSF), Bund Deutscher Nordschleswiger (BDN), Cultural Foundation of the Schleswig-Flensburg District, ROSA - Dansk Rock Samråd, LAG Folk Schleswig-Holstein e. V., Flensburger Folkverein e. V. and Speicher Husum e. V. Head of the board is Torge Korff (head of the Flensburg cultural office). 
Cooperation partners were (and are) the cultural office of the city of Flensburg, the city of Eckernförde , the municipalities of Sønderborg , Aabenraa and Tønder , the Association of German Libraries in North Schleswig (Aabenraa) as well as the organizers, churches, museums, associations and socio-cultural centers in Flensburg and in the region Sønderjylland-Schleswig. The festival is supported by the Förderverein folkBALTICA e. V.
For the first time in 2016, the festival had no geographical reference as a theme (with musical instruments appearing as secondary themes, such as the voice in 2014). In addition, the duration of the festival was extended at the same time (Saturday to Sunday afterwards = nine days instead of the usual five (opening Wednesday, closing Sunday)). As a further innovation (since the end of 2015), the program will be announced in December of the previous year. 
- Antje Walther: With folk music once around the world , in: Nordfriesland Tageblatt of Nov. 24, 2016, p. 6
- Antje Walther: Music from the Sea to the Mountains , in: Nordfriesland Tageblatt of Nov. 27, 2017, p. 8
- gudo: Festival Folk-Baltica with many new musicians , in: Nordfriesland Tageblatt of 27 Nov. 2019, p. 27
- Web presence ( Memento from February 17, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
- Antje Walther: New head for Folk-Baltica . In: Nordfriesland Tageblatt from June 15, 2012
- Antje Walther: Folk finale gives cause for confidence . In Nordfriesland Tageblatt of May 12, 2015, p. 8
- Website (accessed August 29, 2015)
- website , accessed on September 11, 2019
- Joachim Pohl: Saved: Folk-Baltica continues. In: Nordfriesland Tageblatt of November 14, 2014, p. 6
- Joachim Pohl: The Festival of Voices . In: Nordfriesland Tageblatt of December 2, 2015, p. 6