Ethno-eko Festival SVIESTS 2016

23th, July 2016

In 2016 the fourth Ethno-Eco Festival SVIESTS took place in Cēsis, where special international guests were ethno-musicians from our nearest neighbouring country – Estonia, but which we still know unjustifiably very little about.


11.00 – 18.00

Rīgas pantomīma

Drabešu muižas koklētāji


Mari Kalkun


Duo Malva & Priks

Daba San

Craftsmen and Arts Objects

11.00 – 17.00

  • Artists group „Mālnieki” – „Mālu sviestā!” (Clay to butter!)
    Young artists group – fresh from the Arts Academy – enthusiastically will try to churn butter out of clay. Visitors will be able to participate.
  • Taurētājs no Tālavas – creating of a wooden trumpet
    Andris Roze – craftsman with golden hands and able to make almost any instrument. You will see how a wooden trumpet is made and will also have an opportunity to blow it!
  • TkIC”KasTe” – Exhibition of Butter-making instruments
    How you could get butter in the old times – churning and shaking instruments – watch and try yourself! Churn butter with Inese Roze
  • TkIC”KasTe” – „Butter on your bread and in your hair”
    Is butter only good on bread? Not only – it is also good in your hair and on your face – watch and learn, how and where! Ingrīda Jasinska has tried it herself – she will show and tell everybody who has interest in this.
  • TKIC „KasTe” – „Velkam deķi uz savu pusi” – The Big Herbal Blanket
    The big herbal planket – grass, flowers and herbs will be woven into a herbal blaket together with the Weavers of the Crafts House from Drabeši.
  • Jānis Grantiņš – „Mucām sviestu Cēsīs vedu” – Butter Barrels
    How do we transport butter – in carloads, boxes or barrels? Jānis Grantiņš thinks, in barrels – he will show how barrels are made.
  • TKIC „KasTe” – Hay for cows and kids
    In the children’s place you will see that hay is not only good for cows – there will be a haystack for sitting and chilling, for making and creating small objects and other nice thingemies.
  • Pirts skola/Dzintra Kozaka – The Green Sauna
    A possibility to enjoy healing whisking with herbal whisks.
  • „Kaļķu vārti” – Restaurant „Kaļķis ar sviestu” – Chalk with Butter
    No meat – snacks, tuckers and goodies – everything from Butter, with or without Butter, or just yellow.

Concert Information

23th July 2016
Free admission
Pils laukums 9, Cēsis, Cēsu pilsēta, LV-4101, Latvia

Workshop Programma

Sami workshop in „Ruķeļi”

Workshop Fish Skin Tanning and Processing

Workshop, where participants will have the opportunity to learn how to tan different fish skins. This craft has almost disappeared, though there is evidence that fish skin has been used to make different articles – purses and other things. Also all the necessary ingredients for tanning fish skin is easily available in Latvia, so it would be worth to revive this craft in Latvia.10-12 local crafts people and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to participate in the fish skin tanning workshop and under the guidance of an experienced master learn to clean, prepare and tan different fish skin that can later be used for sewing small leather articles – purses, little bags and other.

Workshop Fish Skin Tanning and Processing

Under the guidance of a Sami craftsman you will have the opportunity to prepare wooden details and to build a traditional Sami tent – the Goahti – which until recently was used for living by Sami reindeer herders. The lavvu construction is made from wooden poles, covered by a strong tent fabric. Usually there is a fireplace in the middle of the goahti.

Workshop leaders

Gerlinde_portraitGerlinde Thiessen has been working for many years for the Beaivváš Sami Nationaltheatre as a technician, seamstresses and props manager. Lauska met her at the Sami festival Isogaisa in Norway where the short introduction into fish-skin tanning was filmed. Gerlinde is a goldsmithmaster – working in metal and with bones and antlers. For some sami short films she has created scenography and props. She has specialized in different crafts, including leatherworks and fish skin tanning.


berntBernt Morten Bongo works as technician at the Beaivváš Sami Nationaltheatre since 1990 and has been light and set designer for many theatre plays.

He is a learned craftsman and works particularly in Sami “duodgi” – Sami traditional crafts, that uses antlers and woodworking, metal, leather and other material for the making of different Sami traditional objects.

Frederika_Wennermo_Jordi_NN_01Frederika Wennermo from Umeo, Sweden, which is a Sami cultural centre in Sweden. She has spent the biggest part of her life living abroad and traveling to different places in the world. She is an academic researcher – holds a Bachelor Degree in Theology and a Master Degree in Religion in Peace and Conflict. Frederika is a practicing healer and has lived for many years in Guatemala with a local community, where she learned different healing practices with shamans, healers and curanderas in Guatemala, Mexiko and other countries. She has two sons and five years ago she returned North to Sweden. In these years she has studied and learned contemporary shamanic practices – out of personal interest as well as for research reasons – to better understand her own roots, as well as the historical context and the contemporary world with its mix of cultures and worldviews.

Whorshop Information

From 25th to 28th July 2016
Participation fee
Four days 35 EUR
Possibility to camp with your own tent, food will be provided. There is a pond and possibility to wash in the sauna
Applying and more information via e-mail until 20th.
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Number of participants limited


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