Winter Ethno Estonia 2022

Winter Ethno Estonia 2022

location_on Kiidi, Estonia

Winter Ethno Estonia will come again for the third time already!!! Let’s hope that there will be a lot of snow and people so our adventure would be warm and wintery! 🙂 

The camp will take place on 28.01-05.02.2022 at Võrumaa, Kiidi Tourist Farm. This is a scenic place where we can spend a lot of time outside, in the sauna, playing music, dancing and lots of other exciting things. The amazing artistic leaders of this camp will be Henrika Trave and Sami Karkar

As appropriate to Ethno there will also be a concert or even many 🙂 

This Ethno is also special because the participants can show their cooking skills. The camp will be small, maximum 25 participants, where we eat the participants’ local foods every day. So get ready with your instruments, towels, warm clothes and recipe books!



We will be at the Tourist Farm where we sleep in beds. 

We will cook by ourselves, the main chef will be the organiser and head of the camp Margit and co-chefs will be the participants. Every day we can cook by the recipe of one of the participants and eat his/her local food. For this to go smoothly we ask you to already write in the registration form if your food would be good for breakfast/lunch or dinner, is it a strong savoury dish or rather a desert.

Just in case we also remind you that february in Estonia can be around 0 til -25°C and there (probably) will be snow. We’ll see what this year brings us. Any way – the house will be warm! 

The Tourist Farm page:


The camp will take place in Southern Estonia which is about 3-hour drive from the closest Airport in Tallinn. So that everyone would find the right place we meet in Viljandi! To make your plans for transportation – we will meet in Viljandi Traditional Music Centre (Tasuja pst 6) on the 28th January at 10:00-11:00. Our biggest wish is that you won’t leave the camp before 5th February. We will arrive back to Viljandi around 15:00 on 5th February where everyone can part their ways where needed.


  •  there is 25 spots for participants. We welcome musicians and singers in the age 18-30. 
  • The camp fee is 220 €. Included in this:
    – bus rides during camp
    – food during camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks)
    – accommodation during camp. If you arrive in Estonia on the 27th January and are in trouble with finding accommodation, let us know – we can help you!  

NB! The organisers will pick participants by instrumentation group sizes and the level of playing. We will let you know by the end of December whether you’re accepted or not. Be sure to register and let us know about yourself! 

If you have any questions, please write us an e-mail :


At the core of Ethno is its democratic, peer to peer learning approach whereby young people teach each other the music from their countries and cultures. It is a non-formal pedagogy that has been refined over the past 30 years, embracing the principles of intercultural dialogue and understanding. Ethno provides a unique opportunity for young people from across the globe to come together and engage through music in a manner that is characterized by respect, generosity and openness.

The goal of Ethno is to inspire musicians through these interactions to deepen their musical interests and to build a global network that supports their careers. Each Ethno camp combines workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals and performances that enable participants to develop both personal and professional skills. Through Ethno, musicians gain a greater understanding of each other’s cultures. At Ethno, music is powerful tool that fosters inclusion, understanding and acceptance. 

The World’s First ETHNO took place in Sweden Dalarna in 1990. Nowadays there are Ethno camps all over the world. The coordinator of Ethnos is Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) organisation, that Ethno Estonia is also a part of. More information about Ethno camps: ja 

Ethno Estonia has happened every summer since 1997. Back then two traditional music students – Krista Sildoja and Tuulikki Bartosik – “coincidentally” went to Sweden Falun Ethno camp. From this experience they took Ethno camp to Estonia. So on the same summer 20th-24th July the very first ethno-like camp took place. As the tradition calls, the participants also performed on the Viljandi Folk Festival. Since the 2000, the camp was called Ethno Estonia. 

Estonian Traditional Music Center organizes ETHNO camps for kids and youngsters. Kids Ethno awaits children of the age 10-16 and Ethno Estonia youngsters from 16-30. Kids Ethno is mainly estonian traditional music based, Ethno Estonia is more world music and ethnicity-driven. 

We are always so happy for the young musicians who come to the camp. Their creativity, happiness, openness and instrument playing skills make us feel in awe. From the camp they get a strong emotion and a wider view of the world because they find like-minded people, get new creative impulses and inspiration for further life and music. For many participating in Ethno camp is a life-changing experience. Who has been there once surely wants to come back again! 




Artistic Mentors

Henrika Trave
Recorder, bagpipe

Sami Karkar
Percussion, Guitar

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