Saturday, July 30

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

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.