Ethno Palestine 2017

We’re so excited! We can’t wait to host the very first Ethno Palestine in 2017! The first one. EVER!

How did this happen, I hear you say! Well, in the summer of 2016 we brought 4 amazing Palestinian musicians to Glamsbjerg for Ethno Denmark. They had such a great time in Denmark that they wanted to relive the same experience in Palestine every year! So in April 2017, Music Harvest, alongside Musik og Ungdom in Denmark, will organise the very first Ethno Palestine.

What is Ethno?

Ethno is Jeunesses Musicales International’s program for folk, world and traditional music. The program, founded in 1990, is aimed at young musicians aged 18-30 with a mission to revive and keep alive global cultural heritage amongst youth. Present today in over 13 countries, Ethno engages young people through series of annual international summer music camps, as well as workshops by working together with schools, conservatories and other groups of youth. Ethno promotes emerging artists by touring selected groups of talented musicians through its’ Ethno on the Road initiative. Ethno provides a unique opportunity for young people from across the globe to come together and engage through music in a manner that is characterised by the respect, generosity and openness.

At the core of Ethno is its democratic peer-to-peer learning approach whereby young people teach each other the music from their countries and cultures. It is a non- formal pedagogy that has been developed over the past 25 years and embraces the principals of intercultural dialogue and understanding. The goal is that through these interactions, musicians will be inspired to deepen their musical interests and build a global network to support their future careers. Each Ethno event embraces a combination of workshops, jam sessions, seminars and performances to develop young musicians both personally and technically.

Ethno is a platform for building respect and tolerance, preserving cultural heritage by ensuring that traditional, folk and world music live on within young people, and is transmitted from generation to generation. It widens and deepens relationships between musicians and cultures from around the world, whereby participants are able to build a greater appreciation of each other’s respective cultures through music. As such, Ethno uses music as a powerful tool to combat xenophobia, intolerance and racism.

For more information on Ethno, please visit the Ethno World website.


• Preservation/conservation of cultural heritage, keeping traditional music alive amongst young people.
• Fostering intercultural dialogue • Promote non-formal music education through peer-to-peer and experimental learning.
• Facilitate the mobility of young musicians and emerging talents, locally and abroad.
• Create equal opportunities for musicians of all genders.
• Celebrate young talent in an inclusive environment.
• Gain performance experience under professional conditions.
• Build confidence in young people’s talents and inspired them to further their musical and creative development by encouraging them to take to the stage with their current know-how, and develop both their strengths and interest in improving.
• Grow self respect and respect for others.
• Create awareness of oneself, one’s own culture and the world. • Create a democratic space for the creation/performance of music with hierarchy.

Useful Information

Dates: Ethno Palestine will take place between Saturday April 8th and Monday April 17th inclusive. Participants should plan to arrive by 4pm on Saturday the 8th.
Ethno Palestine will coincide with the Nablus Cultural Festival which runs from April 5th to 20th. Our final performance will take place on Sunday April 16th at the Khan al Wakalah venue in the old city of Nablus as part of the Nablus Cultural Festival. We will also be visiting some local primary schools during the period too, to introduce our music to some younger ears!

What to Bring: All our partipants will be staying in dormitories in the city centre of Nablus. Mattresses will be provided, but you should bring your own towels and sleeping bags! Mosquito nets are not necessary but don’t forget your sun cream! It gets pretty hot in April.

Logistics: For more information on how to get to Nablus, read our FAQ page.

Costs: Ethno Palestine will cost €250 per person. Note that Asian, Arab and African musicians do not have to pay this fee. This covers your accommodation as well as three meals a day for the duration of your stay.

Participate at Ethno Palestine 2017!

If you are considering becoming a participant at Ethno Palestine, then please continue to the link below where you can fill out our application form.

Ethno Palestine 2017 Application Form

If you have any remaining questions then feel free to email us at ethno[at]

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