Tuesday, June 25, 2013

HFAA Celebrates 30 Years

Summer is a great time to learn something new, or to improve on a skill. How about learning to play the Hardanger fiddle, or brushing up on the Telespringar, a favorite local dance from Norway's Telemark region? If you live in the United States or Canada, the good news is that you can do it on this side of the Atlantic, at an upcoming fiddle and dance workshop hosted by the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America (HFAA). The HFAA is assembling a great group of instructors from Norway and the United States to teach the music and dance of Telemark at their annual workshop, held this year July 18–21 at Folklore Village near Dodgeville, Wis. The event is a 30th anniversary celebration for the organization, and you can register until Fri., July 5, by visiting the HFAA website.

In the mean time, enjoy this video of the bruremarsj (bridal march) from Seljord, performed by fiddlers on multiple continents. The video was created to promote the 2011 Landskappleik, hosted in Seljord in Telemark. (This year's celebration in Røros starts tomorrow!) It's a great reminder of the popularity of the Hardanger fiddle around the world. (You may recognize American fiddler Loretta Kelley, current president of the HFAA, playing in front of the United States Capitol.) Enjoy!

Each month in Viking you can read about great events such as this in our Kalender!

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minn., where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585.

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