GLOMUS spirit at Nordtrad

Megan Stubbs (USA/Tanzania)
1st year GLOMAS student (Sibelius Academy)

Last month I had the privilege along with my fellow GLOMAS classmates of attending the annual Nordtrad gathering. I had not heard of it before this year but was eager to go and see what it was all about.

When we arrived in Viljandi, Estonia we spent the first day wandering around and registering ourselves for the different workshops. It was a beautiful small town and there were many exciting things to see from giant strawberries to ruins of the old fortress.

The next days were filled with many different workshops and ensembles, mostly based on the folk traditions of the various countries attending. The days were filled with music making, and the nights even more. Music jams of every shape and size were pouring from corners from dusk till dawn.

This aspect reminded me the most of GLOMUS camps, the fast friendships and mutual exchanges of music and stories. It was a warm, welcoming environment where everyone taught and everyone learned; these kinds of experiences are unforgettable and are exactly the kind of thing the world needs. Whether it's GLOMUS or Nordtrad, these camps are great for building bridges across borders. Let the music play!


"IT WAS A WARM WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT WHERE EVERYONE TAUGHT AND EVERYONE LEARNED; THESE KINDS OF EPERIENCES ARE UNFORGETTABLE AND ARE EXACTLY THE KIND OF THING THE WORLD NEEDS."



          Photo by Anni Vitsberg