ethno croatia

ETHNO CROATIA 14.07. – 22.07. 2021.

Ethno Croatia 2021 will take place in International Cultural Centre of JMC in the beautiful little village of Grožnjan, a JMI World Meeting Centre, between 14 – 22 July 2021 (arrival date is 14th July to Grožnjan, departure date 22th July from Zagreb).


Attention dear Ethno followers!
Applications for Ethno Croatia 2020 are officially open! 
Same as last 12 years, again Ethno Croatia will take place in beautiful village of Grožnjan, a JMI World Meeting Centre, between 14 – 22 July. (arrival date 14th July to Grožnjan, departure date 22th July). After 6 days days of picturesque Grožnjan, time filled with workshops, rehearsals, dance evenings, jams, home made food and a day trip to seaside Ethno Croatia goes on tour of 4 concert along the country.
Ethno Croatia is looking for 25 young musicians, so hurry up and register by filling the application form!


The new Ethno OTJ (On The Job) Organisers Training is meant for new or future Ethno organizers. It is a three-day mentoring program running parallel to an actual Ethno, where you will receive training and practical tips and tricks to organize an Ethno. You will receive helpful tools to immediately get started, and we will dive into the implementation and running of Ethno in your own specific situation and region. 

Besides the theoretical program, we will also get the chance to meet and observe the Ethno taking place at the same time, as a case study of how the Ethno works. Participants in this training will then see the Ethno concerts at home and on the road. Networking with new and experienced organizers from the region, you will discover both front-end as well as behind-the-scenes activities that create this beautiful meeting of young folk musicians from around the globe – Ethno.

The Ethno OTJ Organisers Training will take place in Grožnjan and Zagreb (Croatia) from 15-20 July 2021, and is meant for a small group of new organizers from the neighbouring countries. It is organized by JM International and JM Croatia.

Goran Farkaš is a folk musician who grew up in Istria (Croatia). He started playing traditional instruments, such as mih (bagpipes), sopele and other instruments, at the age of 11 after joining local folklore group. Thanks to his family he learned to sing traditional Istrian folk songs. After some years, he started to research music of istrian peninsula and to discover more of its tradition. In 2007 he starts a folk music project called “Veja” alongside his friends, which grows in a full band some years after. During his studies, Goran started to organize a festival, concerts and workshops with his music association TradInEtno. His first Ethno experience was Ethnofonik in 2012 and since then is trying to incorporated the method in his work.  


Myriam De Bonte started to play flute as a child in the music school and fell in love with the diatonic accordion as a teenager. She discovered her passion for music and cultures from over the world when she participated at Ethno Flanders about 15 years ago. For many years she was working as a social worker and used all her free time to travel to Ethno's and music workshops all over the globe. Even more than by music, she's passionated by people and likes to use music as a tool to connect and make people learn from each other.

As a musician, Myriam played in different folk and world music bands, nowadays moslty in shorter projects. She was teaching diatonic accordion for several years in group lessons and in short workshops.
In her Ethno-life, Myriam took part in more than 10 different Ethno’s, was organizing Ethno Flanders for over 5 years, started with a friend the Rila Music Exchange in Bulgaria, and is stil involved as organizer of Ethno Family and Ethno Croatia with TradinEtno in Croatia. She has been artistic leader in Ethno Estonia, Ethno England, Ethno Chile and in some friends of Ethnos. Since 2015 she is one of the main trainers at Ethnofonik in France where she takes the part of group dynamics, teambuilding and group leading. In 2018 she was also one of the trainers for Ethno Estonia’s Leaders Training and in Ethno Education in Germany.  


Dunja Bahtijarević-Pekić /HR/
Dunja Bahtijarević, 1985. Singer in bands Kazan (reinterpreting traditional music from the area of former Yugoslavia) and Mimika Orchestra (contemporary jazz based on Balkan traditional music), and regularly leading workshops of traditional songs from the western part of the Balkans, both in Croatia and abroad. Coordinator of Ethno Croatia and one of the artistic leaders at Ethno Denmark in 2019. Attending Ethnos since 2010 (Sweden, Croatia, Cyprus). Participated in Ethnofonik in 2014, and in Ethnofonik Allstars in 2017. Leader of lesbian-feminist choir Le Zbor 2014-2015. Holds MAs in English, Translation and Comparative Literature, as well as a BA in Art History.


Nenad Kovačić /HR/ Musician Nenad Kovacic (born 1982. in Croatia) has finished Ethnology and Sociology at University of Zagreb. Since 1997. he is active as a musician. He is member of Antenat, Sevdah Takht Damira Imamovica, Afion, Mimika, Truth≠Tribe, bands with which he has released seven albums in last eight years and is actively performing through whole world. In 2016 Nenad’s band Sevdah Takht Damira Imamovica has joined into Glitterbeat records family – one of the best world music labels in the world. The new CD of Sevdah Takht was produced by Chris Eckman (Bassekou Kouyate, Aziza Brahim) and released by Glitterbeat in 2016. worldwide.
Through different projects Nenad is very active and present on croatian contemporary/improvised music scene.
Since 2007. he also works as a full time author of theater and film music. In that period he has composed music for over 20 theater plays and documentary movies.
One of his biggest interests in music is traditional music. He has learned a lot about west african music through traveling and playing with masters of Djembe music in Guinea, Mali and Burkina Faso (Mamady Keita, Famoudou Konate, Sega Sidibe and Zoumana Dembele).
Since 2008. he is leading west african rhythm workshops in Zagreb (Croatia) through which has past more then 300 students.
Since 2006. he is regularly attending ‘Ethno’ camps (JMI project that gathers young musicians interested in traditional music). Sometimes as a participant but also as an artistic leader (Ethno Denmark 2012, 2013, Ethno Croatia 2015, Ethno India 2016, 2020, Ethno France 2019, 2020) Also he’s been attending Ethnofonik course in Paris 2014.
Since 2015. – 2021. he has worked as a coordinator of Ethno Croatia.


More info soon!

For a bit of atmosphere check out official video of 2016’s edition.

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BRING ALONG: In the past year's Ethno Croatia hosted musicians from Belgium, Denmark, Croatia, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Estonia, Iran, Australia, Chile, Zimbabwe, Finland, and others. All participants are asked to prepare one traditional song/tune from their country and teach it to the other participants. All the songs and tunes are taught by ear.


Participation fee for seminar is 1.900,00 HRK. Participants who register one month before the start of the seminar receive a discount of 15% (1.615,00 HRK).
Participation fee does not include meals. The meals will be provided in ICC of Jeunesses Musicales (According to your choice filled in the application form).
Breakfast 30,00 HRK, lunch 65,00 HRK, dinner 55,00 HRK, full board: 150,00 HRK

Bank info: JM Croatia, Raiffeisenbank Austria d.d., Petrinjska 59 HR- 10 000 Zagreb,
IBAN: HR 9424840081100792293, SWIFT: RZBHHR2XXXX
The Centre has several houses with two to six bedrooms with shared bathrooms and toilet facilities, several rehearsal rooms and the concert/ dance hall. How to Get to Grožnjan? If you do not have your own transportation, you can arrive to Kopar, Slovenia railway station, or Buje, Croatia bus station as well as airports in Trieste Italy or Pula Croatia. The nearest town is BUJE. We will pick you up if its needed and if we are informed about your arrival. You are expected to come to Grožnjan in the afternoon hours on 14th July. Upon your arrival to Grožnjan, you need to come in the ICC JMC office Grožnjan, Umberta Gorjana 2. For the registration, we will need your ID or Passport, payment receipt, application form filled in and travel insurance receipt.


Submit your application by June 15th, 2021 via this APLICATION FORM

For more info please contact: groznjan@hgm.hr