An Ethno event.
Ethno camp kicks off
FOR the first time, the Ethno movement has brought world-renowned yodellers, accordionists and fiddlers to the southern hemisphere as the inaugural Ethno Australia camp begins in the Currumbin Valley.
The Ethno movement, well known in Europe, brings together traditional and folk musicians aged between 15 and 28 to meet and teach each other their culture through a series of workshops, jam sessions, seminars and performances.
The 14-day intensive music program began on Wednesday with musicians from India, Thailand, Europe, Polynesia, Melanesia, Brazil, Chile, Israel and Australia.
It is sponsored by Southern Cross University’s Research Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Work and School of Arts and Social Sciences.
As part of the camp, the musicians will perform at the Coolangatta Christmas Carols at Queen Elizabeth Park on December 18, at the Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre’s World by Night Festival at King George Square on December 23, and at Woodford Folk Festival on December 27.
Southern Cross University Professor Kerry Brown said the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers area was privileged to host the first southern hemisphere Ethno camp.
“This is a new and exciting concept for Australia which will provide an opportunity for rich research into emergent global networks for cultural exchange and music,” Prof Brown said.
Event coordinator Ben Farr-Wharton, also of the Southern Cross University research centre said the musicians would spend the next few days in a series of workshops at the Currumbin Valley Community Farm.
source: Tweed Daily News – http://www.mydailynews.com.au
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