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Winter Ethno Estonia

Welcome to Winter Ethno Estonia!

Winter Ethno Estonia will take place for the first time in the history! Let’s cross our fingers for a lot of snow and many lovely participants to have a warm and wintery adventure :)
The camp is held from 9th-16th February in Tourism Farm Kiidi. It’s a beautiful location where we can spend a lot of time outside, go to sauna, play music, dance and do other fun things together. The camp is led by excellent musicians Merike Paberits and David Gray. As usual in Ethno camps, we’ll also have a concert, or maybe even several!
Another special thing about Winter Ethno camp is that all the participants can show off their cooking skills! The camp will be quite small, for a maximum of 25 participants. Every day one of the participants can cook others a meal from his or her home country. So bring along your instruments, towels, warm clothes and cookbooks!



Dave grew up in Lincolnshire, currently lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, he studied Folk & Traditional Music at Newcastle University where his technique blossomed under the direction of Andy Cutting & Julian Sutton. He is a highly skilled and committed educator who has experience teaching on the Folkworks programme (Sage Gateshead) and at Folkworks Summer Schools; tutoring at Newcastle University; working as a workshop leader for Live Music Now; and leading other youth and adult folk music learning projects across the north of England. He has taught at a number of Ethno’s and the National Youth Folk Ensemble (EFDSS) residential course. Dave also tours regularly with Katie Doherty & the Navigators and Världens Band. He is well known for his enthusiasm and presence on stage.




Merike Paberits is a musician and instrument teacher who is mainly focused on traditional music. She plays flute, bagpipe, sallow flute and Jew’s harp. She graduated from Viljandi Culture Academy with a MA in traditional Music. Merike has also broadened her musical horizon at ETHNO camps in Estonia, Slovenia and France, both as a participant and a teacher, and done an exchange program at Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. Merike has completed the international courses for ETHNO leaders Ethnofonik (2012) and Ethnofonik Allstars (2017). Merike plays in bands Nikns Suns, Paberits&Tirmaste and Black Bread Gone Mad. She has also created music for different theatre productions.




We’ll stay in a tourism farm. Well sleep in beds, everyone should bring along their own bed linen.
We’ll do our own cooking. The chef is the chief of the camp Margit and everyone can do their fair share of kitchen duty. Every day we’ll have a meal made with a recipe brought along by one of the participants. So when you sign up for a camp, let us know if the food you’ve chosen is more suitable for lunch or dinner, if it’s a strong savoury meal or a dessert.

It’s worth mentioning that it’s usually snowy in Estonia in February, and the temperature can range from 0°C to -25°C. We’ll see what the weather has to offer this year. One thing’s for sure – the house will be warm.
Webpage of the tourism farm: https://www.kiidi.ee/en/


The camp is held in Southern Estonia, approximately 3 hour ride from the nearest Airport (Tallinn). We’ll meet in Viljandi to make sure that everyone finds the right place. If you can't wait to start planning your trip, then bear in mind that we’ll meet on the 9th of February at 5 p.m. in Pärimusmuusika Ait (Estonian Traditional Music Center, address Tasuja pst 6, Viljandi). On the 16th of February, at the end of the camp we’ll all drive back to Viljandi together, the time of arrival in Viljandi will be around 2 p.m. Everyone can start their journey to the harbour, airport or elsewhere from there.


-The camp take up to 25 participants. All the instrument players and singers aged 18-30 years are welcome to apply..

Participation fee is 200 €. The costs include:
-transport for the duration of the camp
-food for the duration of the camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two light meals)
-accommodation for the duration of the camp. If you arrive in Estonia already on the 8th of February and need help with the accommodation, let us know!

NB! Participants will be selected according to availability of places in different instrument groups and the level of playing skills. We’ll let you know if you are selected by the end of December!
If you need any additional information, contact us: eestietno@gmail.com


Winter Ethno Estonia 2020



ETHNO is an international music camp, where traditional music from different countries is learned by ear in workshops led by the participants themselves. Every day, 3-4 participants share a tune or a song with others, the tunes are arranged together and later performed at concerts. The idea is to give the young musicians a taste of different music cultures and create a network of musicians from around the world. The whole process of workshops and learning is supported by the organizers, artistic leaders and volunteers of the camp.

The very first ETHNO camp ever took place in 1990, in Sweden, Dalarna. Today, ETHNO camps are held in very different places all around the world. The camps are coordinated by the organization Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI), of which Estonian ETHNO is also a member. You can read more about that https://www.ethno-world.org/ and http://jmi.net/programs/ethno

ETHNO camps have been regularly held in Estonia since 1997. Back then, two traditional music students, Krista Sildoja and Tuulikki Bartosik, had the chance to participate at the ETHNO camp in Falun, Sweden. This experience gave them a desire to do something similar in Estonia as well. The first traditional music camp inspired by their ETHNO experience, took place in the same year in Viljandi, right before the Viljandi Folk Music Festival, where the youngsters ended the camp with a big concert. Since 2000, the camp is called ETHNO Estonia. Find out more about the history of the camp HERE. Estonian Traditional Music Center organizes ETHNO camps both for children and youngsters. KidsETHNO is for children 10-16, and ETHNO Estonia for youngsters aged 16-30. In KidsEthno, the focus is mainly on traditional music, in ETHNO Estonia traditional tunes from many different countries are learned and played.