Additional program

In honor of the World Gold Panning Championships there are many different programs and unforgettable activities.

Summer theatre play “Kultamaan Unelma” on Sunday August 4th at 19

The competition area of the Tankavaara World Championships acts Sunday as a summer theatre scene, when the theatre group Ivaloiset marches in the new play to the gold of a number of gold men and women! Kultamaan Unelma (The Gold Country’s Dream) is a small story about people and the Gold. Things that have preserved the centuries and decade of their own, unchanging values, even when the earth and the world have been shaken by wars, diseases and famine. The history of Lapland’s gold began 150 years ago, when Lihr’s research group made his long journey to the north and found precious metal, including the Ivalo River. Ddream of the golden land was born. It has now been cherished for half a hundred years. People have changed, methods evolved. But the two are unchanged: gold and the person who is searching for it. The Golden Age’s dream was written by Ritva Savela and insightful music has been composed by Katri Kittilä, who is also the team responsible for the training and implementation. The gold play was produced by the amateur theatre of Ivaloiset.

Tickets at door €15, children under 12 years €7. Performed in Finnish.


Program for children

Market squere Auraria /Nugget 
Tuesday to Friday August 6th – 9th 

supervised activities for children are available 4 hours per day in the afternoons. The program fits to children from 7 years. Meeting at the Nugget building at 10 am. Workshops take place in the area of Tankavaara Gold Village and the surrounding area. Remember clothing according to the weather!

August 6– 9 10 am to 15 pm

Tuesday            Gold Village Nature Workshop

Wednesday      Rhythm and Movement!

Thursday          Tankavaara Gold Adventure

Friday               Nature Day in Lapland


The Magician Extraordinaire Timo Kulmakko

Market squere Auraria
Thursday and Friday at 1 pm 

Incredible practical illusions and rather clever sleight of hand peppered with humour.

Program at Event tent

How to relax after a long day of gold panning? Come and enjoy the live music by Toni Jaatinen Band, Latimeria, Malpractice, Dr. Patala & Organic Healers, Ämmät and Henna Karppinen!


Mon August 5th

7 pm  The writer Anne Roth´s Tarunhohtoinen Tankavaara – book publishing event
8 pm  Toni Jaatinen Band
11 pm Latimeria Band

Tue August 6th

8 pm Open Stage for public and competitors*
9 pm  Latimeria band
10 pm Malpractice Band

Wed August 7th

07 pm The Magician Extraordinaire Timo Kulmakko: Incredible practical illusions
07 pm Presentation of World Gold Panning Championships 2020
10 pm Henna Karppinen live music
11 pm Malpractice Band

Thu August 8th

8 pm Open Stage for public and competitors*
9 pm Latimeria band
10 pm Trio Ämmät Band

Fri August 9th

6 pm  Golden Dinner celebrating 150 years of gold prospecting in Finland
7 pm Gold auction
8 pm Open Stage for public and competitors
9 pm Trio Ämmät band
10 pm Dr. Patala & Organic Healers band
11 pm Malpractice

Sat August 10th

Event tent after closing ceremony:  Open Stage* &  Live music by Dr. Patala & Organic Healers and Trio Ämmät

*Open stage in event tent:

Before the live music shows we have one hour open stage: music, standup etc.

Sign up for Open Stage by email in advance: