6th and 7th of July

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Dance and music from Guinea, West Africa
  • Instructurs: Mamady Sano and Sandra Sano Erlingsdóttir
  • 6th and 7th of July at 9.00-12.00. Total 6 hours.
  • Limited access

African dances and drums form Guinea, West Africa. Students learn songs, dances and drum rhythms from Guinea. Also the stories of the rhythms will be narrated.

The Barakan dance and drum group was founded by Mamady Sano and Sandra Sano Erlingsdóttir. The group specializes in dance and drumming from Guinea, West Africa. Mamady is one of the most prestigious dance techers and drummers in the world and travels worldwide to teach and exibit. Sandra has teached African dances in Iceland since 2005 and has her self taken courses in Guinean music since 1995 in Guinea and New York.

Irish folk music
  • Teachers: Sophie Lavoie, fiddle and Fiachra O‘Regan, flutes and whistle.
  • 6th and 7th of July at 14:00-17:00. Total 6 hours.

Day one: Fiddle class in Quebecoise music

A class aimed at intermediate/advanced musicians on any instrument to demonstrate the characteristics of Quebecoise music. The attendees will learn at least one tune from Quebec. The course is open to all that are interested in Traditional music. Sophie comes from Lac St-Jean and is completing an MA in ethnomusicology. She has recently completed an Arts Council funded study of fiddle styles from the Saguenay Lac St-Jean region

Day two: Introduction to Irish Music on the tin whistle

A beginners class in Irish music. Anybody is welcome and all will leave with a tune from the Irish tradition. We can provide whistles (at cost price) and the attendees take them home with them.

Shawl knitting
  • Teacher: Guðrún Hannele Henttinen
  • 6th and 7th of July at 9.00-12.00. Total 6 hours.


Shawl knitting does not have to be complicated and on this two day course you will learn how to knit a shawl from the neck down. There are two ways to start depending on your skills. A few options are implemated to make the shawl from your own idea.

The goal is that you learn the technique and that you can finish your design at home.

What to bring:

You can use any yarn but beginners should keep in mind not to bring a yarn that is to delicate or in dark colors.

Shawl or sock yarn about 400m for 100g.  400m will do for a small triangular shawl. If you want to do a large shawl bring 6- 800m

Circular needle, 80cm long (lace needles).

Knitting markers (solid/closed).

Pencil and pen and remember your reading glasses if  you use them. The teacher will have yarn and needles for sale if you need.

Childrens course 5-12 years.

Can anyone make a folk song?
  • Teachers: Ingibjörg Fríða Helgadóttir and Sigurður Ingi Einarsson
  • Thursday 6th of  July at 9.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00. Participation at the childrens concert at 17:00
  • Friday  7th july at 9.00-12.00AM

At this course the kids will work with folks songs in a creative way with different media.

See also a complete course in folk music at the Folk Music Academy.