Welcome to the 22nd Eesti ETNO 2018 camp from 17.-29.07.2018!

36446735121 45e9c0fc21 zEthno Estonia is an international music camp for people in age 16-30 years. There will be workshops every day where participants will be able to learn songs, tunes and dances from different countries. Music learning will be done by ear. So, if you play a melody instrument and wish to develop your skills in ensemble playing, then you are very welcome to Ethno Estonia! Singers are welcome also, but you need to play an instrument too, because not all tunes have lyrics. One thing is for sure: everyone involved will have the greatest 2 weeks of their summer!

During the camp we will have different concerts, outings and other surprises.
The camp will conclude with the annual Viljandi Folk Music Festival where the Ethno participants will be giving different performances.

NB! As we have only 75 places, then organizers will pick participants according to their instrument and playing skills. So, it might take a little time before you get a confirmation letter from us.

For more information and questions, write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Artistic leaders:


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Richard Holzmann is a guitarist from Leipzig (Germany), young but already well known professional in both classical and modern style guitar playing. With over 300 concerts played and guitar students teached he owned lots of experience in many different countries like Turkey, Rwanda, Estonia and others. In 2016 he took part at Ethno Denmark as one of the artistic leaders. An outstanding experience which he's very lucky to join again the following summer at Ethno Estonia.


Maarja pilt ETNOMaarja Soomre

Maarja Soomre is a singer and a melodica player from Estonia. She has been studying classical piano and jazz and Estonian traditional music as a singer. She is known as a member of two folk music bands called RÜÜT and Päri Päri.
Maarja’s first ethno camp was in Slovenia, Etno Histria in 2012, after what she totally got the ethno addiction. She says that: “Ethno camp is a powerful experience, where music can really connect people even if they are from different culture. Playing music together we create united world.” Maarja has also been participating in Ethno Croatia, Ethnofonik in France, GLOMUS Camp in Brazil and last year in Ethnofonik All Stars. She is so excited about Ethno Estonia, cause it will be her first time there!


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Maimu Jõgeda is a bright Estonian accordionist, composer and world music enthusiast. With roots from southern part of Estonia, Maimu has always been interested in traditional music, which she is studying now at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. One day all these traditional music influences light up her own tradition and she started to write her own music. In summer 2017 she released her first album "Dedication" with twelve compositions written and performed by herself. Maimu has been taking part of the ethno world since 2014. In 2015 she participated in Ethno Estonia on the Road, after that took part in Ethnofonik in France (2016) and in autumn of 2017 she toured with Ethno Sweden on the road.


Pilt SebatianSébastien Grenat

He is a french drummer who has been a participant in several ethnos in Sweden, Flanders and France, He also participated in "Trad in Ethno" in Croatia and Ethnofonik in France. In 2016 he was young leader in Ethno Flanders.

Sébastien especially plays modern improvised music : from free imrovised music and jazz to hip hop and new soul music. Moreover, he has been deeply interested in traditional music from all over the world after discovering this fascinating universe in 2010 by participating in his first Ethno camp in France. He is now very happy to share his eclectic experience of music with Ethno Estonia's participants.


etno leader ElisabethElisabeth Dichmann

Violinist/composer with roots in Western classical music, a degree in nordic/Danish folk music and 1,5 years of studying Indian Classical violin in New Delhi.

Elisabeth is a huge fan of improvised music in general, dancing schottis and waltz, composing new dance tunes, and the making beautiful arrangements for big ensembles. She is one third of Vesselil, a Danish string trio, playing contemporary folk music, which she is partfly composing and arranging for.

Elisabeth is also the coordinator of a folk department in a boarding school focused around classical and folk music, where she teaches violin, ensemble and folk dance and also works as a conductor of a folk big band called Fionia Folk Bigband.

Ethno Estonia will be her 13th ethno! She was an artistic leader in Ethno Palestine last year and also have been in the organizing crew of Ethno Denmark for 4 years. She is so thrilled to an artistic leader. Ethno litterally changed the course of her direction into the most beautiful, and she owes Ethno much in return!


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Merike Paberits

In addition to the organizational work, Merike will also be one of the artistic leaders this year. In everyday life she is a musician and a teacher (Viljandi Culture Academy). Her main instruments are flute, estonian bagpipe and jews harp. Merike is known as a musician in following groups: Nikns Suns, Estonian Folk Orchestra, Paberits & Tirmaste.





Margit PiltMargit Kuhi

chief of Ethno Estonia

Once Margit graduated traditional music in Viljandi Culture Academy, she started to organize different courses and music camps for people, to spread the word about the coolest music in the world - folk music! For her it is a great plesure to meet every year all those wonderful talented youngsters again. The way, how those people greate a special ethno-world, inspires her to organize it again and again and again and




Henrika ja Leon pilt Etnole

2 lovely volunteers this year in Ethno Estonia will be a happy´go lucky fellow LEON from Tallinn and super smiley and helpful miss HENRIKA from Saaremaa. Leon has played guitar for a fair half of his life and what he likes most about Ethno is the sweet, careless atmosphere in which all is possible! Henrika plays recorder and bagpipes and studies traditional music in Viljandi Culture Academy. She thinks that ethno is magical 2 weeks with awesome people, an unbelievable adventure and musical journey around the world.


Camp fee and registration

The price for the whole camp is 220 €. This includes:

  • participation in workshops
  • food during the camp (breakfast, lunch, dinner, lunch and evening snack). From 26.-29. of July, during the festival, you have to provide food by yourself
  • lodging during the camp and during the festival
  • festival performers pass which ensures free entrance to all the concerts at the festival
  • bus transport during the camp

    To register, fill out the form which can be found HERE

Registration ends on May 20th.

More information here: Ethno Estonia Facebook