Latvia is one of those countries that are hardly recognised in this day and age. There’s a lot to this miniature country. Especially pertaining to its arts and culture.
Situated in Eastern Europe and bordering the Baltic Sea, between Estonia and Lithuania. Riga is its capital city hosting 2,165,165 since 2014.
Commonly known as “the singing nation”. Most people in Latvia have had some experience in the singing field as well as folk dance groups, which gather together for the Song Festival, including several singers.Folk songs are Latvia’s hallmarks. The Latvian folk song Daina is one of the distinguishing features of Latvian culture. There are three important elements of these folk songs including tradition, literature and symbolism. The Daina is an entity of oral art and is a significant symbol that has both shaping and revolutionising Latvia’s national identity for the last two centuries also including melodies. Latvians are quite strict when it comes to the greeting and initialising of relationships. The terms “kungs” for a man and “kundze” for a woman are greatly important terms when addressing people.
The Latvian art scenes encapsulates the Nordic and poetic theme. Contemporary Latvian artists are interested in captivating the Zeitgeist and exploring what encompasses their country’s art such as asbe painting, sculpture, video, and photography. What sets these Latvian artists from the world’s artists is their post-soviet, pro-Western, and apolitical art. Thus, revisiting history and reflecting on what is present and past. The more emotional artists use more graphics in their art.
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