baltic sea inter cult

Joys of field work

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Hej friends! Within Ethnography, we often tend to talk about field work, not really sure of if people know what it may look like. To overcome this we want to share some various pictures from Folk Practice Academy’s field work the past four years – enjoy!!

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Astrid leading a session with Swedish, Polish and Estonian musicians in Ronneby during the Baltic Trad/e Conference January 2013
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“Julstuga”, a traditional Christmas music party at Astrid’s, in Jernavik December 2012
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Kristin teaching the young talents of Baltic Sea Inter Cult, before a dance concert at Korrö 2012
some workdays are analysing our Swedish singers in a remote corridor at a London airport...
some workdays are analysing our Swedish singers in a remote corridor at a London airport…
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Teaching ballads at Backafestivalen, July 2013.
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The fabulous singing weekend in Scotland!!
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#koraleriet – the project with female voices doing Protestant and Catholic hymns
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LivatWiwat – the Polish/Swedish big band
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Julstuga Jernavik, December 2014.
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Basic Folk and Tradition, our latest project with young people, folk music and folk arts.

For a much bigger gallery of folk music and folk art pictures, please take a look at our Facebook webpage.

Thanks for now!

Kristin

#sjungamaj, #folkpractice, #folkpracticeacademy – ethnographic research in local contemporary context

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For this years May singing, the 30 of April as every year, we launched the tags #sjungamaj, #folkpractice, #folkpracticeacademy. Launching a hashtag might seem like an everyday thing, but was really an important step in out work. (Another one for our female religious singing project is #koraleriet )

Here is the three year old start of the public project on May singing. This is a result of Astrid Selling’s own ethnographic research, connected via FPA through projects at Lunds Universitet, Linnéuniversitetet and Högskolan på Gotland.

For the modern ethnographic researcher, social media has many benefits apart from only being a fashionable (and measurable!) way of getting her work known to the public audience. What is more important is the possibilities it gives to collect research data, and to, through a constant dialogue with other people interested in ethnography, folk music, folk art, etc, build mutual confidences around our practice. This is often called field work, and may happen actually in the fields, as on our camps with Krusznia in Poland, or, by the computer. We are pleased and proud to say that this dialogue does currently involve most parts of Europe, and even beyond!!

If you have something you want to share with us – please use the tags for photos/films/music, or mail us at info@folkpractice.com!!

Thanks friends!!

Inför årets majsjungning drog vi igång #sjungamaj, #folkpractice, #folkpracticeacademy. Här är den tre år gamla uppstarten av  den publika satsningen av majsjungningen, vilken är ett resultat av och i konstant dialog med Astrid Sellings etnografiska forskning och arbete!!

Träskofiol under besök på Stålagården

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Med anledning av den gångna helgens VM i träskofiol hittade vi detta gamla klipp i vårt arkiv. Det är ungdomarna i Baltic Sea Inter Cult som besöker Stålagården i Mörrum, och får en omgivning bland gamla instrument och notböcker.

Dagen avslutades som sig bör hemma hos Astrid på Gamlegården, med köttgryta, pepsi max, och låtspel hela natten!!

Young people and archive material

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Here is a short film from one of our archive sessions with young musicians in southern Sweden. The film shows that archives can offer a little of each. Who knew that there were ancient rap musicians in Blekinge back in the days…


looking forward through nice memories

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A few years ago we had this wonderful collaboration between Swedish and Polish young folk musicians, coming over for a few days for intense rehearsals and then performing at Landsbygdsriksdagen, a national conference for rural development in Sweden. In these times of heavy application writing, going back to these fantastic memories gives us extra energy!!

Many of these young talents are by now, professional or semi-professional traditional musicians. ❤

Wish you all the very best!!

Kristin and Astrid

And we’re off!!

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Thinking, planning and discussing has been going on for a while…but now we can actually say that we are up in the air! We have a blog and soon it will be connected to our new website  www.folkpractice.com.

This blog will be part of an awesome place – a center for folk practice discussions around the Baltic Sea. Folk music practice in action, in use, now and in the past.

Lat Wednesday and Thursday “the Operating Office” – i.e. Astrid and Kristin (so far…) – spent two days pulling everything together. First a day at Musik i Blekinge and the Litorina Folk High School presenting the Baltic Sea Inter Cult project. And then we tucked ourselves into a cabin by the sea to allow energy and thoughts to run freely.

Look out for more information…