Performer of the Year

2016-17 – Pirjo Polari-Khan

ffn-poy-2016-brochure-lo-7-6-16Children are the key audience for the newly announced Finlandia Foundation National Performer of the Year (POY), Pirjo Polari-Kahn of San Jose, California. She is an entertaining storyteller who will share her poetry, puppetry, song and humor with the young and young at heart at FFN chapters across the U.S.

Pirjo, a native of Seinäjoki, Finland, weaves themes of Finnish culture, history and richness of the language into her presentation. She hopes to encourage Finnish and Finnish-American audiences of all ages toward greater interest in their heritage and culture.

Since the POY program’s founding in 1996 the artists selected—with the exception of one comedic lecturer—have been musicians. This is the first time FFN has chosen a POY program designed to engage youth.

POY appearances may be scheduled between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017, with travel expenses supported by FFN. Local transportation and lodging arrangements and POY honorarium are the responsibility of the host chapter.

Contact POY Coordinator Betsey Norgard at with questions and booking information.


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