Count Louis Sparre and Kyösti Kallio, Speaker of Parliament discuss during the opening ceremony of the 100th anniversary exhibition of the Kalevala in 1935. Writer Otto Manninen, then chairman of the Kalevala Society, is on the left, turned sideways.
The purpose of the Kalevala Society Foundation is to disseminate, research and publish knowledge relating to the Kalevala and the Finnish cultural heritage. The Society also seeks to combine science and the arts and to promote art working with Kalevala-related themes. We organise events, grant awards, give statements and co-operate with cultural actors both in Finland and abroad. We invite experts of the Kalevala, cultural heritage and Finnish culture to join our foundation. The Society respects multiculturalism, and is unaffiliated with any political party or orientation.