Click here to see the schedule of workshops, lectures, concerts etc. The organising team reserves the right to make changes until the final programme is printed.
Since several teacher/workshop descriptions have been added at last minute, you might also want to revisit the list of confirmed teachers and workshops to read more.
Address: Tasuja pst 6, 71011 VILJANDI (Click here to see it on a map). To view some Google photos of the venue, click here. The building stands on the ruins of a storage house (“ait”) which is very close to the castle ruins and white Jaani church. The “ait” is the home of the organization “Eesti Pärimusmuusika Keskus” (Estonian Traditional Music Center) and thus the centre for traditional music related events, concerts, courses and festivals.
Another possibility is to arrive at Riga (the capital of Latvia). Then you need to take a bus from Riga to Pärnu and another bus from Pärnu to Viljandi.
Distances from Viljandi: Tallinn 161 km, Tartu 81 km, Pärnu 97 km, Riga 245 km, St Petersburg 393 km, Helsinki 247 km, Stockholm 580 km.
Getting around the city is easiest on foot, with everything within 15 minutes walking distance, but buses also run regularly (see route schedules). If you happen to get lost and wander too far, here are some taxi numbers (add +372): 1200 / 1700 / 15444 / 1300 / 1242 / 433 3833. The normal fee for a taxi is around 3-5 euros (and with 5€ you should get pretty much anywhere in Viljandi).
If you have questions then ask us or the administrator at Ait or call Viljandi Tourist Information Centre at (+372) 43 30 442.
Musicians who have confirmed that they will teach or perform at the NHM 2017:
- Annika Mändmaa (Estonia)
- Eeva-Kaisa Kohonen (Finland)
- Bára Grímsdóttir (Iceland)
- Beth Kollé (USA)
- Chris Foster (Iceland)
- Erik Ask-Upmark (Sweden)
- Kaisa Nõges (Estonia)
- Katja Nyuppieva (Finland)
- Katrin Soon (Estonia)
- Katri Tikka (Norway)
- Liis Viira (Estonia)
- Lilian Langsepp (Estonia)
- Niss Stricker (Denmark)
- Rauno Nieminen (Finland)
- Stefan Battige (Germany)
- Tiinamai Keskpaik (Estonia)
- Václava van der Meijs (Bohemia)
Note: Before entering a workshop, make sure that your instrument is in tune.
It is an annoying waste of valuable teaching time if the first half of a workshop goes to tuning all your sevenhundred strings.
- Danish music on the harp with Niss Stricker (Denmark)
- Estonian tunes on the harp with Kaisa Nõges (Estonia)
- Estonian traditional tunes on the kannel (small zither) with Katrin Soon (Estonia)
- Estonian traditional singing games with Annika Mändmaa (Estonia)
- Finnish and Karelian lyrical songs and lullabies: Melodies on kantele / harp, singing and arrangement with Eeva-Kaisa Kohonen and Katja Nyuppieva (Finland)
- Harp for beginners with Stefan Battige (Germany)
- Harp for beginners with Václava van der Meijs (Bohemia)
- Hiiu kannel (bowed lyre) with Annika Mändmaa (Estonia)
- Singing with harp (for all voices and instruments) with Tiinamai Keskpaik (Estonia)
- Icelandic rímur ballads with Bára Grímsdóttir & Chris Foster (Iceland)
- Improvisation based on medieval and renaissance tunes with Lilian Langsepp
- Improvisation on harp with Liis Viira (Estonia)
- Indian healing music with Niss Stricker (Denmark)
- Norwegian folk dance songs with Katri Tikka (Norway)
- Playing from the heart – for musicians of all levels who are dealing with performance anxiety. by Beth Kollé (USA)
- Swedish tunes, and silly harp tricks with Erik Ask-Upmark (Sweden)
- Technique to serve interpretation for intermediate and advanced harpists with Katri Tikka (Norway)
- Wire-strung harp techniques with Stefan Battige (Germany)
- Overview of Estonian Traditional Instruments, with Kaisa Nõges (Estonia)
- How to take care of your instrument, with Pepe Weissgerber (Germany)
- Wiczlaw von Rügen – a minnesinger from the Baltic Sea, with Stefan Battige (Germany)
- Development of small hiiu kannel for children, with Rauno Nieminen (Finland)