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Ethno opportunity for young musicians

YOUNG Shetland musicians have been offered free places at this year’s Ethno World Music Camp in Sweden to share their music with others from across the globe.

The organisers have said that four musicians could attend the ten day event at Rättvik, a town 300 km northwest of Stockholm, which runs from 1 to 10 July.

The music camp is open to musicians aged 17 to 25 and comprises workshops, seminars, concerts and social events, culminating in a showcase performance at the famous outdoor folk culture museum Skansen, Stockholm.

Activities are overseen by an experienced group of international tutors including Shetland’s own Kevin Henderson of Fiddlers’ Bid fame.

This year participants will come from as far afield as Mozambique, Tanzania, India, Jordan, Turkey and Palestine.

Shetland Arts music development officer Bryan Peterson said: “We’re very pleased to be able to offer young musicians the chance to take part in this exciting multi cultural experience and act as musical ambassadors for Shetland.

“The Shetlanders who attended last year had a great time and came back full of enthusiasm and new skills, as well as having made friends with fellow musicians from around the world.”

More information can be found at http://www.ethno.se by clicking the Union Jack flag at the bottom left of the page for an English translation.

Anyone interested in attending can contact Shetland Arts on 01595 743 843 or email bryan.peterson@shetlandarts.org

Participants must be proficient musicians as the event is not suitable for beginners, and will be expected to contribute to travel costs and have a full passport, though financial assistance towards travel is available from Shetland Arts.

Successful applicants will be chosen by Shetland Arts in conjunction with the Ethno Camp organisers.

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