Latvians come to light at Schleswig-Holstein festival
Anna Muhka, head of Comunications and Marketing at „Rīga 2014” Foundation, attended this spectacular event. She also introduced all guests with the programme of Riga, The European Capital of Culture, at Latvia stand also offering some general information about tourism offers in Latvia. Still, Muhka managed to see all festival concerts where Latvian musicians took part.
When having a talk with „Rīga 2014” culture portal, Muhka tells that it’s almost impossible to count all festival guests. They arrived at Stockseehof from Lübeck hundred kilometres farther from the event place. Many of them came from nearby cities which is basically in the middle of nowhere. „I’m glad they came deliberately to see Latvian musicians!”
Concerts were organised at a large concrete hall where harvest usually is being kept. „1200 chairs were put in the hall with sold out seats. Those who did not pay 30 euro for a ticket simply sat outside, in the meadow or in the chairs, with their picknic baskets and rugs taken from home. Loudspeakers were put everywhere, so people were able to listen to the concert. It was so nice: all those families and friends just spending their free time together!”
Muhka also tells that many people attended information tent. Besides, it was clear that they now what Riga and Latvia is. „It's wonderful that so many residents from North Germany are interested in Latvia!” Muhka joyfully says telling that during her visit in Kiel she also noticed Latvian banners in nearly all shop windows.
The white tableclothes were decorated with two ribbons in Latvian flag colours at the festival place. Also Latvian flags were put out creating a very unique atmosphere. Riga city was promoted with the help of Estonian travel agency working in Kiel. Considering the fact that people were interested in practical information about the travelling process, it was really an important issue.
When speaking about the concert programme, Muhka admits that „Melo-M” achieved attention the most. „Every Latvian representative got their applauses and appreciation. Though, apart from presenting themselves as just great musicians, guys from ”Melo-M„ had a great visual show. It's most likely what got people's attention,” judges Muhka emphasizing that „Latvian Voices” performance was honestly great. Festival organizers told that tickets to „Latvian Voices” were sold out from this spring.
Muhka also notes that Open Days will be organised at several ministries in August, Berlin. "All the necessary information about Riga as The European Capital of Culture will be available for two days at The Federal Ministry of Germany. During those days, our band "Astro'n'out" will perform. By the way, they were chosen by the representatives of the Ministry."
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by the excellent Mariss Jansons from Latvia will perform at the festival. Opera singer Kristīne Opolais and conductor Andris Nelsons will play at two festival closing concerts in Kiel.