Swedish Performers and Presenters Featured at Folk Conference in Iceland

Traditions for Tomorrow

By V.S. Arrowsmith

Akureyri, Iceland— Traditions for Tomorrow was the name of a new conference, held in August in Akureyri, the capital of northern Iceland.  It was a blend of folk researchers, folk music and dance practitioners, and interested participants.  Nordic countries or cultures represented were Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Sapmi, Estonia, plus Scotland, Ireland, and England.  North America contributed a couple of representatives.  While this was the first year of the event, the second one is following quickly on its heels, and is scheduled for June 10-13, 2015.  It will focus on how Celtic and Nordic music and dance have influenced each other.  Plans are in the works towards Nordic folk traditions in the Diaspora for the conference theme in 2016, and North American practitioners, teachers, and researchers are encouraged to participate.

Music and dancing wended their way into the early morning hours during each of the four days.  The music will spill over into the June 2015 event, called Vaka.   In Icelandic the word means a gathering of folk for music, dancing, and general merriment. Kvöldvaka is what the entertainments in the olden-days where called when kvæðamenn chanted rímur.  Organizers would welcome representatives from the Nordic folk music and dance communities in the U.S. and Canada. To inquire about being involved send an e-mail to the conference organizer info@tradition.is. For more information visit: www.tradition.is  and https://www.facebook.com/TraditionforTomorrow where you will see items from the 2014 festival and conference, sponsored by the Nordic Committee for Folk Music.  You can also ask to be added to a listserv about this event.