Dates: 9th – 14th of August 2021
Location: Monastery Mekinje, Kamfest (Kamnik, Slovenia)

  • limited to 12 participants
  • participants learn 5 tunes in advance
  • for advanced level only
  • every morning 3 x 50 minutes sessions: ornamentation, variation, accompaniment
  • free, but not obligatory participation to afternoon’s tune-learning sessions ‘Special Courses’
  • rehearsals for projects in the afternoon

10 AM – ornamentation
11 AM – accompaniment
12 AM – language (style, variation, improvisation, vocabulary implementation)

When? Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7.30 – 8.00 (winter set from December 3, 2020 to March 21, 2021)

Where? On Zoom

What? Group morning playing for all strings. Our motto is: How to get there? Together!

Online instrumental teaching, of course, has limitations that teachers face in their daily work. And yet we can focus on the positives. We ask ourselves – does it also allow for something that an individual visit to a music school does not? Here are some positive experiences of online teaching combined with reviewing home videos:

  • easier control over how children actually exercise at home
  • the responsibility for solid performance when making the recording lies with the student
  • greater flexibility in grouping students in need of the same subject matters
  • listening to each other and commenting on other students’ recordings, correcting mistakes without a teacher. 

We could go on and on. However, we will focus on collective technique exercises. In individual lessons, it is impossible to organize the schedule by practicing technical exercises with students in groups several times a week for 15 minutes. In online learning, this is possible. The structure is somewhat broader, more academic, intended for a broader picture. At a lower level, you should stick to practicing one discipline for a longer period of time. Children need to be able to compare themselves to others and to lead a conference exercise themselves.

Performances, called ‘Morning Starters’, have been held since December 2020 three times a week, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for 30 minutes between 7:30 and 8:00 in the morning. The meetings are intended for:

  • a better structured workday after the morning routine
  • a better overview of the breadth of existing violin playing disciplines
  • easier planning of one’s own performances
  • better condition for playing the instrument
  • overcoming adolescent depressions

Each meeting consists of two disciplines, usually one with an emphasis on the left hand  and the other on the right. However, one can also be a training in understanding the theory of scales and chords or it is of a rhythmic nature. Once a week, we leave the leadership to one of the participants. At least once it is a replica of an already presented exercise, the second time the participants can also present something new that was not yet in our menu. The possibilities for a different structure adjusted to your students and content are limitless.

If you are interested, send an e-mail to and we will send you a link to the zoom conference.

When? Ladies and Gentlemen, we are sorry to have to MOVE the WORKSHOP due to measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The date will be announced when it is confirmed, but we anticipate that the workshop will take place in the second week of August 2021!

Where? Mekinje Monastery, Kamnik

What? The Transylvanian violin came to us through Jean-Christoph Gairard, who stopped in Slovenia with Emilio Castiello on one of his many trips to the Roma village of Beica. The village lies near the more famous city of Cluj-Napoca and Jean went there regularly to learn from the master Marcel Ramba. The one-way trip from Marseille is over 2200 km and most of the time he drove it in his yellow van. Bojan Cvetrežnik and Barja Drnovšek also visited the masters twice in the heart of Transylvania for an intensive education. Marcel said he doesn’t remember exactly how many times Jean was there. “Maybe 30 times?” he thought. There are debates as to whether the styles of the regions can be learned even without travel. Opinions vary, but those who have learned to sound in some violin dialect usually say that you can only study in the second phase without traveling. At Godalkanje, we tried to bring the knowledge of the regions as close as possible. This year’s Transylvanian music workshops will take place at the academic level. All applications were collected without promotion, only with personal invitations. Participants from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria, France and Slovenia will learn most of the visions on their own before arrival. Thus, Slovenia is becoming a point where the door is set through which violinists of Central and Northern Europe can enter the world of Balkan violin styles, and violinists of the Balkans can enter the world of the richness of violin styles of Central and Northern Europe.


All Urban Folk concerts are postponed:

from April 27 to May 1, 2021. The whole week of Godalkanje, Fiddle Gang Jams and concerts of international bands in CSK: we are already looking forward to!

(The exact schedule will be known after the spring release of restrictions. False hope dies last!)

Where? Festivalna dvorana, Vilharjeva 11, Ljubljana What? This year’s big concert of Godalkanje corresponds to the memory of those who are no longer with us. But the program will be even more earthly. It will be woven by the lands of the famous Count Dracula – Transylvania.

The artistic director of the concert will be Jean-Christophe Gairard, already known to the Slovenian audience, who will upgrade his previous productions with Godalkanje and Symbolic Orchestra. Jean-Christophe spent a large part of his life in Transylvania, where he studied traditional and gypsy music. He is a violinist, composer and a sought-after mentor of Transylvanian and Romanian music, leading workshops throughout Europe. In 2014, he was a soloist in the international project “European Symbolic Orchestra”, with which he also recorded the album “Terrafolk & European Symbolic Orchestra – XXLive”. In 2012 and 2016, he led Romanian music workshops as part of Godalkanje and recorded quite a few successful online videos with it.

The orchestra will consist of musicians from six countries. Unfortunately, we will not be dancing this year, but we will be able to practice patience – itching in the heels can be a huge discomfort.

Visitors will be able to enjoy melodies from around Transylvania, including Moldova, Romania and Banat. The event will also be the announcement of a cycle of five “Urban Folk” concerts organized by Godalkanje at the Center of Slavic Cultures (CSK) France Prešeren.

Jean-Christophe Gairard (France) – violin, brač, guitar Gaspard Panfiloff (France) – guitar, balalaika Wouter Vandenabeele (Belgium) Angelika Hudler (Austria) Kathryn Döhner (Germany) Barja Drnovšek, Bojan Cvetrežnik An Černe, Ana Lazar, Ajda Cvek, Nika Škodič – violins Jošt Lampret, Areh Mahkovic – double bass Nejc Škofic – keyboards Slovenian Fiddle Gang Junior Fiddle Gang Namuznjeni Godalkarji  


TICKET FOR INDIVIDUAL EVENT: 14 € / 8 € up to the age of 18, high school and university students

SUBSCRIPTION: TRANSILVANIA + URBAN FOLK 60 € / 36 € up to the age of 18, high school and university students

The subscription is transferable by prior arrangement. Subscribers receive an additional free ticket for the big Gala concert of Godalkanje.


* Valid during Covid limitations

If you want to support our enthusiasm further, you can contribute:

20 € – you will receive a Godalkanje T – shirt and an additional free ticket for a gala concert or

50 € – you receive two Godalkanje T-shirts and three additional free tickets for a gala concert.

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When?  Once a week 60 – 90 minuts (except during school holidays). The exact date will be known after the applications are received – presumably on Wednesday afternoons.   Where? Trnovo, Ljubljana   Mentors: Bojan Cvetrežnik, Barja Drnovšek, visiting mentors of Godalkanje   For whom? For all the string players and all players of rhythm section (bass, guitar, ukulele, accordion …)

The workshops are expected to take place on two levels of difficulty and are suitable for all ages:

Namuznjeno Godalkanje: for all of you who master the repertoire for the 3rd grade of lower music school.

Hobi Godalkanje: for all of you who master the repertoire for the 5th grade of lower music school.


What? At the Godalkanje group workshops, we teach content that is not yet widely available in our country. We draw mainly from the treasury of violin tunes of different nations. We learn by listening, following chords, performing different techniques (‘chops’, jig, swing, different ornamentation …). We refresh the learned repertoire at street performances and in concert halls. More information and applications:

When? From February 28 to March 4, 2019

Where? Werkstadthaus, Aixerstrasse 72, Tübingen (Germany)

What? Violin technique workshops

At the invitation of Kathryn Doehner (German violinist, founder of the folk camp “Ethno Germany” and the folk project “Folklang”), we conducted five day workshops of violin technique for local violinists at the end of February. The emphasis this time was on the production of a beautiful tone (contact points, bow posture), changing strings, motoric functions of the fingers of the left hand (independent horizontal, ventricular and lateral movement of the finger), natural posture and independence of the body pulse from performance movements.

More information here.  

When? 23rd and 24th of November 2018


You can read more about the programme of visiting weekend workshops here:

Wednesday at 17.45

Family Center Mala ulica, Prečna ulica 7, Ljubljana

The musical experience is the most we can do for the musical education of our toddlers. Leader of music activities Bojan Cvetrežnik conducts workshops with exceptional patience and humor, mostly with string instruments. Occasionally visiting mentors will invite children into the world of music with natural approaches that especially attract them. We will sing Slovenian folk and children’s songs and perform the rhythm. Whatever lies around us can be used as a musical instrument – and we are not even afraid of “smart” instruments.