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If you're here, that means you're interested or ready to join our global whānau (family). Welcome!
Ethno New Zealand 2023 will be the 5th edition of Ethno held in Aotearoa. It is open to all musicians aged between 18 - 30.

This year, Ethno New Zealand will be held on Piritahi Marae on Waiheke Island. It will be a week of young musicians teaching each other their traditional music, sharing cultural experiences and taking part in workshops.

A Marae (Māori meeting place) provides the perfect foundations for a pacific Ethno experience. This is a unique experience that will give you a deeper understanding of our indigenous peoples of New Zealand and our many other cultures that reside here in Aotearoa (the land of the long white cloud) all while creating musical magic. The week will culminate in a number of performances, one of them at the iconic Auckland Folk Festival.

We can't wait to meet you. Join us!

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Dates: 20th - 29th of January 2023

Location: Piritahi Marae, Waiheke Island, Auckland


Age: 18-30


Participation Fee:  $600 (includes food at the marae, accommodation, workshops, transport and performances)


Sleeping Arrangements: Marae style - everyone together in the main whare/house. You will need to provide your own sleeping bag and preferably mat/pillow etc.


For those who have never stayed on a marae, there are some important protocols to be aware of. In the introduction session we will make sure that everyone is clear on these. Some basic protocols include not eating in certain spaces, not sitting on tables, shoes off inside etc. All guests will be provided with clear information about the Tikanga.


It is very important that all participants are part of the pōwhiri welcome on the first day. Please make sure that your travel arrangements allow for this.



Auckland Folk Festival Scholarship for Aotearoa New Zealand and Pasifika musicians. 

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Ethno Mobility Scholarships - Apply Here 

𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀, who are residing in Aotearoa 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆 

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*Applications from legal residents in the above countries are accepted and will be vetted for conformance with grant criteria.

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