Workshops

THURSDAY, July 28


Tunes from the Andes mountains / Tomás del Real

THU 28.07 at 16.00 Chamber Hall of the Traditional Music Center
The workshop is conducted in English.

Come and learn melodies and rhythms from the Andean mountain region with the Chilean guitarist Tomás del Real. Together, we will discover and play some traditional tunes from the western part of South America which has a very rich cultural heritage and folk music tradition that has been influenced by indigenous, European and African people. The workshop is suitable for all instruments and skill levels.


Treetop stage: dancing with young Kihnu instrument players
THU 28.07 at 17.00 on the Green stage

Young Kihnu instrument players teach traditional Kihnu dances and and movements in the same way that they teach these on the island to this day - just form a circle and try not to get in other people’s way!


Väikekannel workshop - a small zither with a large sound / Eva Väljaots
THU 28.07 at 18.00 in the Chamber Hall of the Traditional Music Center

The history of väikekannel both in the past and in the modern area has been incredibly rich. The different shapes, sizes, string materials and many other characteristics give each of the zithers its own unique sound. In addition to that, each instrument carries the face of its player. At the workshop, we discover the characteristic sound features and playing opportunities of väikekannel. We look at different specimens that sound different and the different sounds that one instrument can make. Väikekannel players of all ages and with different size instruments are welcome. The workshop is led by Eva Väljaots who released her solo album “Hundinuiaõis” this spring which consists of her original tunes on different väikekannels.


Night university - about being an instrument player / Juhan Uppin
THU 28.07 at 21.00 at the Chamber Hall of the Traditional Music Center

The instrument player of the republic (2018) Juhan Uppin (born 1984) is an Estonian accordion and zither player whose musical horizons are broad. He is both one of the most brilliant traditional instrument players and also someone who opens up the repertoire and playing technique for new influences. Uppin is both an active solo instrument player and he also takes part in various bands (like Rüüt and Tuulelõõtsutajad). He’s a lecturer (at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy and Heino Eller Music School) and an active promoter of his field (acting as a creative lead for the traditional music parties that take place as a part of the singing and dancing celebrations). Recently, Uppin also became the first traditional instrument player and researcher who has a PhD.

FRIDAY 29.07


Folk dancing on the beach
Basketball court at Lake Viljandi beach
FRI 29.07 at 10.00

The best way to start your morning is to listen to the music in the best possible way - through dancing! The musicians from Tallinn Dance Club ask you to join them on Friday and Saturday morning to dance to their garmon, fiddle, bagpipe and flute tunes on the basketball court at Lake Viljandi beach so you can start the day in a great way, letting traditional music into your bones and lifting your mood!
We dance old group dances and spice it up with a few waltzes, polkas, labajalg and rheinländers. Bring a friend or come alone, you’ll find a dancing partner on the court!

Baby singing and playing groups / Kreete Viira
Waldorf School (Lutsu 3)
FRI 29.07 at 11.00
Target audience: children aged 0-2 with their parents

Traditional music teacher Kreetr Viira invites mothers and fathers to bring their babies to the group where they play age-appropriate games, singing games and sing songs which you can memorise and repeat at home to promote the love of traditional culture in your children.

Children’s singing and playing groups / Kreete Viira
Waldorf School (Lutsu 3)
FRI 29.07 at 12.00
Target audience: children aged 3-6 with their parents

Kreete Viira teaches children and their families age-appropriate games, singing games and songs. We invite children with their parents to attend. Later on, you can play these games at home yourself.

Men’s singing group
Wine bar Mulks (Tartu 7c)
FRI 29.07 at 11.00 / Asso Int
Target audience: men of all ages, no women are allowed.

The mandatory voice and mind wakeup session for all men on all three festival days. Men’s singing group is a chamber of secrets where men twirl their moustaches in the dark, sing manly songs and talk about manly things. Bring your favourite songs to the singing group to share with others.

Women’s singing group
Bonifatius Guild, 2nd floor (Väike-Turu 8)
FRI 29.07 at 11.00 / Marion Selgall
Target audience: women of all ages - no men are allowed.

Women have preserved our traditional singing culture throughout centuries. The folklore archive is filled with songs from our female ancestors where they talk about their thoughts and feelings. Which of these songs speak to the women of today? Which songs will the women of today leave to their children? We invite all women to join us on three festival mornings to sing about what you’re thinking and feeling. Bring your favourite songs with you so you can share with the others.


Mandolin in traditional music / Villu Talsi, Radim Zenkl (Czech Republic)
FRI 29.07 at 11.30 in the Chamber Hall of the Traditional Music Center

Mandolin players talk about playing traditional music on mandolins and about finding/inventing their own playing style.
The workshop is conducted in Estonian and in English.

Treetop stage: flying out from the centre / Triuka and EHALE
FRI 29.07 at 12.30 at Kuusemägi

Triuka and EHALE met in the beginning of 2022 in Viljandi. Both bands are supported by the Estonian Traditional Music Center who gathered the young music lovers under their protective wing in January. Thanks to their support, these two groups are well on their way towards the stars - now that the first singles are baking in the oven and they’ve got concerts on the festival stage to look forward to, they want to share the knowledge that they’ve gathered. During the hour-long workshop, they teach participants two Estonian traditional tunes which are great for dancing. In addition to that, the youngsters will also talk about the valuable experiences they’ve gathered as a young band during the last six months. The workshop that concentrates on the joy of playing and personal development is open for everyone - it doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out on your journey of traditional culture or have been part of this world for a long time.

Treetop stage: Austrian folk / Heck trio (Austria)
FRI 29.07 at 13.00 in the Chamber Hall of the Traditional Music Center
The workshop is conducted in English.

This workshop concentrates on Austrian traditional culture and explores its background. We sing, dance and make music together just like you do in the Austrian mountains and valleys.
The workshop is conducted in English.


Pineroot stories: Estonian ETHNO 25 / Krista Sildoja, Tuulikki Bartosik, Margit Kuhi, Ando Kiviberg and Ants Johanson
FRI 29.07 at 14.00 at Kuusemägi

The Estonian ETHNO camp which has been attended by almost all of current Estonian traditional music stars is celebrating its 25th jubilee this year. This camp is meant for young musicians and it’s a place where they can learn traditional music from Estonia and abroad from others via listening. Why and how did the hotbed of young traditional musicians come to be and where have they gotten to today? What happened in 1997 and what will happen in 2022? These and other topics will be discussed by founders of Estonian ETHNO.


The power of the voice / Kadri Voorand
FRI 29.07 at 16.00 in the Chamber Hall of the Traditional Music Center

This workshop offers an insight into how to feel and experience songs. Kadri talks about how to inject emotion into your voice using the technique of emotion cards which allows everyone to become more believable both in song and in speech. Kadri uses sound equipment and shows the process in practice by singing. Participants get to feel how her method works.
It will be a warm and inspiring meeting! No music experience is required.


Treetop stage: traditional dances / Katariina Tiisler and Mihkel Sildoja
FRI 29.07 at 17.00 on the Green stage

Dancing has traditionally always been a form of entertainment for the young. In this workshop, we learn old favourites which are popular at dance clubs and some lesser known but intriguing dances for pairs and groups. Music is as important as the steps so the dancing is accompanied by Mihkel Sildoja. Come and dance either on your own or with friends, and you can also find a partner when you turn up! The dances are taught by Katariina Tiisler.

SATURDAY 30.07


Folk dancing on the beach
Basketball court at Lake Viljandi beach
SAT 30.07 at 10.00

The best way to start your morning is to listen to the music in the best possible way - through dancing! The musicians from Tallinn Dance Club ask you to join them on Friday and Saturday morning to dance to their garmon, fiddle, bagpipe and flute tunes on the basketball court at Lake Viljandi beach so you can start the day in a great way, letting traditional music into your bones and lifting your mood!
We dance old group dances and spice it up with a few waltzes, polkas, labajalg and rheinländers. Bring a friend or come alone, you’ll find a dancing partner on the court!

Baby singing and playing groups / Kreete Viira
Waldorf School (Lutsu 3)
SAT 30.07 at 11.00
Target audience: children aged 0-2 with their parents

Traditional music teacher Kreetr Viira invites mothers and fathers to bring their babies to the group where they play age-appropriate games, singing games and sing songs which you can memorise and repeat at home to promote the love of traditional culture in your children.

Children’s singing and playing groups / Kreete Viira
Waldorf School (Lutsu 3)
SAT 30.07 at 12.00
Target audience: children aged 3-6 with their parents

Kreete Viira teaches children and their families age-appropriate games, singing games and songs. We invite children with their parents to attend. Later on, you can play these games at home yourself.


Men’s singing group
Wine bar Mulks (Tartu 7c)
SAT 30.07 at 11.00 / Alamakstud härrad
Target audience: men of all ages, no women are allowed.

The mandatory voice and mind wakeup session for all men on all three festival days. Men’s singing group is a chamber of secrets where men twirl their moustaches in the dark, sing manly songs and talk about manly things. Bring your favourite songs to the singing group to share with others.

Women’s singing group
Bonifatius Guild, 2nd floor (Väike-Turu 8)
SAT 30.07 at 11.00 / Õie and Maarja Sarv
Target audience: women of all ages - no men are allowed.

Women have preserved our traditional singing culture throughout centuries. The folklore archive is filled with songs from our female ancestors where they talk about their thoughts and feelings. Which of these songs speak to the women of today? Which songs will the women of today leave to their children? We invite all women to join us on three festival mornings to sing about what you’re thinking and feeling. Bring your favourite songs with you so you can share with the others.


Practical-theoretical workshop on creating music for two bagpipes / Katariin Raska and Ulvi Võsa
SAT 30.07 at 11.30 in the Chamber Hall of the Traditional Music Center

In this workshop, we look at different methods for arranging and try out a few of them. All instruments are welcome.
Katariin and Ulvi are a bagpipe duo which centres around the bagpipe with all its different techniques and diverse soundscapes. The duo won the best mandatory arrangement award at Mooste Elohelü with a lullaby. In 2020, they won the 1st prize at the international bagpipe festival in Poland in the category “bagpipe as inspiration”.


Treetops stage: traditional dance melodies from Denmark and Sweden / Stringflip (Denmark/Sweden)
SAT 30.07 at 12.30 at Kuusemägi
The workshop is conducted in English.

Get a taste of traditional Nordic music and learn how it’s used to accompany dancing. You will learn two dance tunes - a "sønderhoning" from the island Fanø in Denmark and a "slängpolska" from the Skåne region of Sweden. We will take you through the underlying metric patterns that enhance the dance steps, and ensure that you fill up the dance floor. Come and have a swinging session with us.


Rose of the Winds / Yamma Ensemble (Israel)
SAT 30.07 at 13.00 in the Chamber Hall of the Traditional Music Center

In this workshop, the musicians from Yamma Ensemble will talk about rhythms, ancient musical instruments and the cultural background of their music. Their music which comes from the Middle East and the Mediterranean area is based on immigrant societies and characterised by different colours, styles and sounds.


Pineroot stories: music in my life / Taive Särg, Natali Ponetajev, Margo Kõlar, Matis Leima
SAT 30.07 at 16.00 at Kuusemägi

The topic of this discussion circle is the relationship between a human being and music. How and when do we listen and make music, why do we need it and how does it affect us? If we are alone, do we consider music to be our companion? Is it easier to communicate with real companions when music is playing? What kind of music is folk music for a contemporary Estonian? Is it inherited, is it well-known, is it something they get involved in? We discuss these and other questions, looking at it from the perspective of the individual which is often overshadowed by the public facade of music - the concerts, albums and fame.
We introduce the competition by the Estonian Folklore Archive called “Music in my life”. Find out more at www.kratt.folklore.ee

You live so you are / Celia Roose
SAT 30.07 at 16.00 in the Chamber Hall of the Traditional Music Center

In this runo song workshop, we learn songs which give you guidance. For the guidance to be taken seriously, you also need to look at how you sing these songs.


Kuldrum’s golden stories: tunes, songs and dances from Sweden, Latvia and Estonia / Kuldrum (different countries)
SAT 30.07 at 18.00 in the Chamber Hall of the Traditional Music Center

Three different singing, dancing and storytelling cultures but there’s still something that connects us on a human level. It’s the gold that glistens in our traces, our heritage - the songs, tunes, dances and wisdom of our ancestors. We are connected through our joy of being and creating together. We sift through these songs to find the best tunes and we’ll teach these to you as well. How did they dance to ballads in Sweden? How do Estonian and Latvian singing games and songs sound like? Kuldrum is an international storytelling and singing network which is building a song and storytelling bridge across the Nordic sea. The workshop is hosted by Astrid Selling, Ina Celitane and Kairi Leivo together with other Kuldrum storytellers and singers.
The workshop is conducted in English and in Estonian.

SUNDAY 31.07


Treetop stage: recycling Finnish traditions / Polenta (Finland)
SUN 31.07 at 12.30 at Kuusemägi

The musicians from Polenta show in this workshop how to use traditional materials to create music that sounds new and fresh. They uncover the stories and secrets of their arrangements and teach you a tune or two from their debut album “Kaustinen Turbo”.


Baby singing and playing groups / Kreete Viira
Waldorf School (Lutsu 3)
SUN 31.07 at 11.00
Target audience: children aged 0-2 with their parents

Traditional music teacher Kreetr Viira invites mothers and fathers to bring their babies to the group where they play age-appropriate games, singing games and sing songs which you can memorise and repeat at home to promote the love of traditional culture in your children.

Children’s singing and playing groups / Kreete Viira
Waldorf School (Lutsu 3)
SUN 31.07 at 12.00
Target audience: children aged 3-6 with their parents

Kreete Viira teaches children and their families age-appropriate games, singing games and songs. We invite children with their parents to attend. Later on, you can play these games at home yourself.

Men’s singing group
Wine bar Mulks (Tartu 7c)
SUN 31.07 at 11.00 / Lüü-Türr
Target audience: men of all ages, no women are allowed.

The mandatory voice and mind wakeup session for all men on all three festival days. Men’s singing group is a chamber of secrets where men twirl their moustaches in the dark, sing manly songs and talk about manly things. Bring your favourite songs to the singing group to share with others.

Women’s singing group
Bonifatius Guild, 2nd floor (Väike-Turu 8)
SUN 31.07 at 11.00 / Sõrve women
Target audience: women of all ages - no men are allowed.

Women have preserved our traditional singing culture throughout centuries. The folklore archive is filled with songs from our female ancestors where they talk about their thoughts and feelings. Which of these songs speak to the women of today? Which songs will the women of today leave to their children? We invite all women to join us on three festival mornings to sing about what you’re thinking and feeling. Bring your favourite songs with you so you can share with the others.