Taking into account that large-scale events with international artists and visitors will not be possible this summer we have to announce that Ethno Festival SVIESTS will not take place this year.
We are postponing the festival to 12th June 2021 when the Valmiermuiža park will once more become the centre of the world, where we will burn a grand firesculpture and meet world musicians, artists and craftspeople and even more.
For now – keep calm and healthy and take care of yourselves and your loved ones, so we can all meet again next year!
Traditional and modern crafts, home-made food, craft beer, local farmers’ and home-producers’ market, enjoyment and workshops for the whole family. Traditional Latvian folk and contemporary ethno-music form Latvia and abroad. The festival theme is the powerful element – IRON – that will be featured by blacksmiths, forgers and metalworkers.
Through various interesting workshops we will introduce with the historical and contemporary use of iron in everyday life.
The evening stage will have a vivid local and international programme. Rahu the Fool and Kaktuballes Muzikanti from Latvia will make you dance and the NuFolk Orchestra with musicians from six countries will stop on their European tour through several festivals. The headliners will be Latvian pagan-metal band SKYFORGER with special guest and a specially prepared folk programme and Ukrainian freak-cabaret group DAKH DAUGHTERS with a powerful audio-visual performance.
When darkness sets in a three-dimensional firesculpture will be lit, developed and built by Valencian artist Jordi NN in co-operation with Estonian sound artist Silver Sepp.
Market „Gardu muti”
11.00 – 16.00
Traditional workshops – „hollow and forged”
11.00 – 16.00
Folk music concert
11.00 – 13.00
Concert of the youth dance group „Sadancis” and their friends
13.00 – 14.00
Silver Sepp (Estonia)
Rahu the Fool (Latvia)
NuFolk ( European Folk Orchestra )
Fire sculpture (Jordi NN and Silver Sepp)
Dakh Daughters (Ukraina)
Kaktu balles muzikanti (Latvia) – Dance
24.00 – 3.00