From April 19 – 24 University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy will host this year’s annual Nordtrad meeting. Nordtrad is a network of academies and universities in the Nordic and Baltic countries that offer education in folk music. More than 150 folk musicians and teachers from countries like Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Latvia and Lithuania will take part of various concerts, seminars, mixed ensemble workshops and of course spontaneous playing and dancing.
During six days of meetings teachers from different higher education institutions as well as renowned Estonian folk musicians will lead workshops. The main focus will be on mixed ensemble workshops
There will be four public concerts throughout the meeting:
Wednesday, April 20 at 8pm
Concert of participating schools
Students from all participating higher education institution will perform
Thursday, April 21 at 8pm
Maarja Nuut and Trad.Attack!
Two of Estonia’s most beloved folk artists will take the stage during the 2016 annual Nordtrad meeting in Viljandi. At 8pm you can be part of Maarja Nuut’s unique world of sound, where traditional dance tunes, songs and stories intertwine with live electronic music. At 10 pm the shooting star of the Estonian folk scene Trad.Attack! will take the stage with their powerful dance-along repertory.
The concert is organized by the Estonian Traditional Music Center
Friday, April 22 at 8pm
Dance Evening: NORDTRAD Special
A rare opportunity to dance along the tunes from Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Latvia and Lithuania. Teachers from participating countries will grab their instruments and everybody has the opportunity to dance the night away
Saturday, April 23 at 8pm
This is a concert where you can see the results of intense practicing sessions and all the quality time spent together throughout the six days in mixed ensemble groups. A must see for everybody!
All the concerts will be held at the Estonian Traditional Music Center and additional information is available on their webpage
The official cooperation partner of NORDTRAD 2016 is Estonian Traditional Music Center. The city of Viljandi and Cultural Endowment of Estonia are supporters and sponsors of NORDTRAD 2016.
More information about the network can be found here.