location_on Kõpu, Estonia
Ethno Estonia 2010 took place in the little village of Kõpu in the south of Estonia and was a truly all-encompassing experience from the dance and music workshops to aiding local preparations for the well-renowned Viljandi Folk Music Festival.
Everyday participants would break up into workshop groups where they would learn music, songs and dances from the international participants as well as Estonian traditional tunes from the local musicians. Together with the mentors they then composed new arrangements for the final concert series in Kõpu and at the Viljandi Folk Music Festival.
Apart from the workshops, other activities were organised to allow the Ethno team to really explore and enjoy some of Estonia’s beautiful sights such as the excursion to Soomaa National Park and creating handicrafts and decorations for the Viljandi Folk Music Festival.
There was a thematic evening named “night of creativity”, where the participants had the chance to get together in groups and spontaneously create music together, ending with a carnival-like showcase of musical talent.
The final concerts both in Kõpu and during the Viljandi Folk Music Festival were emotional and special moments.
Kõpu, Viljandi County, Estonia