saturday June 1st

14:00: Balfolk dances with Barnaby Walters

Barnaby Walters is a hurdy Gurdy player and folk dancer who has participated in Vaka since the beginning. At this workshop he will teach the Balfolk way of dancing including waltz and schottische. After the concerts in the evening participants will get a chance to try the steps to live music.

15:00: Intro to playing dance tunes with Joaquín Belart

Bring an instrument and learn a tune. For beginners and advanced players who want to learn a couple of simple traditional dance tunes.

16:00: Icelandic and Nordic dances with Atli Freyr

An introduction to the steps of Icelandic and Nordic dances. Participants will have a chance to then try out the steps with live music in the evening after the concerts.


June 2nd

14:00: Langspil gathering

A gathering for langspil enthusiasts to nerd out together.

14:00: Shetland fiddle tunes with Wilma Young

Wilma Young is a Shetland fiddle player who has lived and worked in Iceland for many years. Here she will teach a few traditional tunes by ear.

15:00: Söngvaka

A session of learning and singing tvísöngur and more.

16:30: Folk music in Iceland- where do we go from here?

An informal discussion about the the future of the folk scene in Iceland. What would a folk music organization look like and how would it serve us? What kind of events to we want to organize? What are some of the hurdles to playing folk music in Iceland?