Thursday, August 20, 2009

Of the Baltica Festival

It has been some time since we attended the Baltica 2009 International Folklore Festival. Well, we sort of stopped by for some of the festival on our way elsewhere. Like many festivals celebrating folklife in the Baltic, it featured a lot of floral wreaths and colorful woven skirts and singing and dancing. But this one featured some more musical insight: One can only surmise from this scene that in the ancient pagan rituals along the banks of the Lielupe, Lettish tribesmen and women gathered in a great circle to worship the mighty oak tree with music from that most sacred and righteous of instruments - the kazoo.