Ethno Scotland 2010

The first time Ethno took to the Scottish highlands where it quickly developed into a cosy group feeling due to the small size and a sense of mutual respect and shared responsibility between participants, volunteers and leaders. This created an environment in which each individual had the opportunity to share their knowledge, to discuss their ideas, and to build friendships with everyone in the group.

Ethno Scotland incorporated a mini-tour of Scotland performing for audiences amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Highlands and Lowlands, and sharing the multicultural Ethno energy with Scottish locals in the country’s historic cities.”

Reflections from Ethno Scotland:

“It was an honour for me to have the chance to explain about my country’s national dance, which is very unknown elsewhere. I really really enjoyed it and it will remain forever as a good memory forever.”
Leon from Scotland

“It was my first Ethno and I will remember it as an amazing experience. The fact of having so many people from different origins teaching each other tunes from their country helps a lot to appreciate other cultures and ways of living. I made very good friends, and at the same time I learnt a lot from them, their music, and their countries. I now have a great desire to explore other musics and culture, I have already started to research more about Scandinavian, Balkan and Middle Eastern music. Ethno was, by far, one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had, and I’ll come back again as many times as I can”
Ernesto Calderon from Chile

‘It was definitely one of my best musical experiences ever. I’d like to thank everyone that made this dream possible and hope you can make it next year.’
Jessica Ramm from Scotland

‘The leaders were fantastic and everyone worked well as a group. There was a great atmosphere in the workshops.’ ‘It was a huge confidence boost to be part of such a dynamic, musically fantastic and well-received concert as a final product.’ Charlotte Murray from England

“How often do people get this opportunity to play with such a mix of musicians? The leaders were fantastic and everyone worked well as a group. There was a great atmosphere in the workshops and it was a huge confidence boost to be part of such a dynamic, musically fantastic and well-received concert as a final product.”
Ethno Scotland Participant

25 July – 2 August 2010 : Glasgow, Scotland

Participants
18

Countries Represented
Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, France, Jordan, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Tasmania, USA

Leaders
Matija Solce (Slovenia – accordion)
Fernando Stern (Chile – guitar)

Concerts
Lochgoilhead, Scottish Highlands
St Andrews Town Hall, Fife
Traquair Fair (rural arts and music festival), Scottish Borders
Forest Cafe, Edinburgh
Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Aberdeen

Partners and sponsors
Aberdeen International Youth Festival
Scottish Arts Council: Youth Music Initiative
Awards for All Scotland