16.04.2024 – 21.04.2024
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Nordic and Baltic universities’ folk music conference NORDTRAD Tallinn 16. – 21.04.2024

NORDTRAD is a week full of workshops, get-togethers, new acquaintances, collaborations and a possibility to develop music education and collaborative playing skills. NORDTRAD joins together folk music curricula and the meetings have taken place since 1996, each year in a different country. Today the network consists of 14 higher music education institutions offering different study programmes ranging from bachelor to PhD level. The overall goal of the NORDTRAD network is to strengthen Nordic-Baltic higher music education within the field of folk music.
For Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, it’s the first time to host the network meeting. To the conference we expect altogether about 150 participants from the partner universities.

There are three concerts open to the public during the conference:
16.04 19.00 Great hall of EAMT – Opening concert of Nordtrad

During the opening concert the best musicians of the Estonian folk music scene will perform on the stage and also folk music curricula students of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Performers of the opening concert: Juhan Uppin, Tuule Kann and Jaak Sooäär, Kirbla Trio, Katariin Raska, Karoliina Kreintaal, Lummo Kati Leelo Choir, folk music students and teachers of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre etc.

Tickets: students and seniors free of charge, full ticket 10 €

18.04 19.00 Fotografiska – Nordtrad Master’s concert: on the stage folk music teachers of Nordic and Baltic universities
The folk music teachers of the Nordtrad network will perform to you during the Master’s concert.
You will hear an assortment of Nordic and Baltic folk music. It will be a mixture of folk music of different countries, improvisational music and creation of different authors, all performed by top performers.

Ticket: students and seniors 10 €, full ticket 15 €

20.04 19.00 Great hall of EAMT – The final concert of Nordtrad: on the stage the folk music students of Nordic and Baltic universities

During the Nordtrad conference all the students are mixed together in ensembles where they teach each other folk music of their countries. Everything they learn and all the music they create together will be designed into a performance for the final concert. Nobody knows what is really going to happen or sound from the stage, but we can be sure that it’s going to be fun, youthful, folkloric and once in a lifetime experience.

Free of charge

More info:

The conference is organised by Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
The conference is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment, The City of Tallinn (, Tallinn Culture & Sports Department and Tallinn City Office.

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Activities during the week:

  • different workshops led by teachers from Estonia and other network universities,
  • teacher meetings, where best practices and study methods are shared and discussions on the development of the field are held,
  • mixed ensembles where students can practice playing together and find new creative ideas,
  • concerts of well-know musicians, participating students and teachers as well as the mixed ensembles and students of Nordic Master in Folk Music, a programme for graduate students,
  • jam sessions in the evenings, where everyone can join in and share their music traditions,
  • cultural activities, where Estonian culture and local (music)traditions are shared.