Botania Irish Fling 13.-14.8.2021

Sharon Shannon Headlines 1st Botania Irish Fling in Joensuu, Finland

Experience probably the GREENEST Irish music festival in the world!

Sharon Shannon Headlines 1st Botania Irish Fling in Joensuu, Finland

The 1st Botania Irish Fling will take place at Botania Botanical Gardens on August 13 - 14, 2021 in Joensuu, Finland. The unique Botanical venue consists of two greenhouses, a cafe & restaurant, an amphitheatre and eight acres of outdoor garden. The Botania Irish Fling is probably the greenest Irish music event in the world offering 2 full days of top class Irish music performances, vegetarian food and a welcoming atmosphere all taking place at Botania Botanical Gardens, the most Nordic butterfly gardens in the world.

Iconic Irish musician Sharon Shannon will headline the 1st Botania Irish Fling on Saturday August 14th. The legendary accordionist has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion 'cool' in her home country.

Performing on Friday August 13th is Réalta, an award winning multi-instrumentalist group from Belfast bringing their unique take on Irish traditional with an enchanting programme of dance music interspersed with the occasional air and song.

Event founder and internationally renowned light artist Kari Kola states, "Our goal is to become an annual, international respected Irish music event and we're off to a great start with the legendary musician Sharon Shannon and also the lively band, Réalta"

Kari has long been interested in Irish music and in 2020, installed the largest site-specific light artwork ever called Savage Beauty in the Connemara Mountains as part of Galway's 2020 European Capital of Culture title.

Performing at the inaugural festival are: from Ireland, main event Sharon Shannon and Réalta. Joensuu's own Irish music bands includes Irish music pioneers Hops and Saunú, as well as Piper's Picnic from Oulu. The two day event features concerts, live music sessions and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoor nature of Botania Botanical Gardens. Tasty vegetarian food will also be on offer and the event is open to all ages.

Tickets are on sale now! Go and get yours at and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @botaniajoensuu

The Irish Fling's programme is here!

Check upcoming concerts, enjoy Irish music sessions and experience probably the GREENEST Irish music festival in the world!

Winter Wonderland 27.12.-14.3.2021

Cold and dark winter day and nothing to do?

Come and experience magical, mesmerising and striking atmosphere in Botania Winter Wonderland. 

Event garden Botania will transform it's outdoor gardens to magical Winter Wonderland. Come and take a walk in lighted walking routes, try kick-sledging, and admire ice sculptures. In case you have always wondered, how the ice sculptures are made, come and see artists at work (27.12.-30.12.)

Winter Wonderland will open the doors at 27.12. at 6 pm. and the sculptures are ready at New Years Eve, 31.12.2020 at 6pm.

Botania Winter Wonderland opening hours:

27.12.2020-10.1.2021 daily at: 12am-8pm

16.1.2021-14.3.2021 fir-sun at 12am-8pm.

Winter Wonderland in a nutshell:

Atmospheric and lighted walking/sledging/skating route (sledging/skating only when cold enough, bring your own skates!)

Ambience lights and soundscape on garden and it's surroundings

Icesculpture exhibition - Frozenbutterflies

Coffee shop