5th and 6th of July 2018

Afro Dance Course

  • Teachers: Mamady Sano, Guinea and Sandra Sano Erlingsdóttir, Iceland
  • Thursday and Friday 2.00-5.00 pm
  • In English and Icelandic
  • Students learn dances and songs from Guinea, West Africa. They get to know the origin of the dances and the rhythms they learn in the course. Mamady was born in Guinea and toured the world as a young man with the well known Ballet Merveilles de Guinee. In New York he taught many master classes and workshops before moving to Iceland. Sandra Sano studied in New York and Guinea African dance, hip-hop and krump.

Icelandic and English Folk Songs

  • Teachers: Bára Grímsdóttir, Iceland and Chris Foster, England
  • Thursday and Friday 2.00-5.00 pm
  • In English and Icelandic
  • We will explore and share different styles and types of songs from both traditions, for example, Icelandic sagnadans and dance songs, English ballads, Icelandic kvæðalög and English story songs, children’s songs and much more. We will watch archive films and listen to archive recordings. We will do lots of singing in unison and in harmony in both languages.

Cuban Folk Music Tradition

  • Teacher: Tómas R. Einarsson composer and bass player
  • Thursday and Friday 9.00-12.00 am
  • In Icelandic and English
  • Students will learn about Cuban folk music tradition as well as listen to music excerpts from Antonio Machín (El Manisero 1930) to the hip-hop latin group Orishas. Students get to know the main rules of Cuban music (son clave and rumba clave) and of the rhythmical patterns (son montuno and guajeo). Participants are kindly requested to bring their own percussion instruments.

Knitting Workshop

  • Teacher: Guðrún Hannele
  • Thursday and Friday 9.00-12.00 am
  • Learn five different ways to increase, decrease, cast on and cast off stitches. Also how to get different edges on your knitting project. You will knit samples to use and refer to later when choosing the right method for your project. Participants bring their own yarn suitable for 3,5 – 4,5 mm knitting needles, and a 60-80 cm long circular knitting needle in the right size for the yarn.
    The teacher will also bring yarn and needles to sell for those that need it.

Childrens Cours

Can anyone make a folk song? Children’s course for 5 to 12 years old

  • Teachers: Ingibjörg Fríða Helgadóttir and Sigurður Ingi Einarsson
  • Thursday 5th of July at 9.00-12.00AM.
  • Friday  6th of July at 9.00-12.00AM. Short concert at noon.
  • We will work with tales and folk songs. Ingibjörg Fríða and Sigurður Ingi are both advanced in working with children and adults in the field of improvisation and folk music.

Registration and information. Please registrate and buy admission at and send a receipt for the purchase at

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