To take part in the ritual means to be right here and right now, yesterday and tomorrow, everywhere and always
The Forum of the Baltic States “Baltica-Web 2021”
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the international folklore festival “Baltica” cannot be held as usual – as a live event, therefore, the organizers have chosen a different implementation form for it.
On 18–22 September, in celebration of the Equinox Day and the Baltic Unity Day, there will be held an online or, if the situation allows, semi-online forum “Baltica-Web 2021”, dedicated to a deeper dive into the traditional cultural phenomena, the historical and the cultural interrelations of the three Baltic countries – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which are the organizers of the festival “Baltica”. The forum program will be of two parts – theoretical and artistic, which includes lectures, illustrated presentations, discussions, concerts and other interactive activities.
The events will be broadcast online from the special studios in all three countries.
Every country is preparing their programme not only following the proposed topics, but also in their mother language in order to show and emphasize the uniqueness and national identity of the Baltic languages, therefore, presentations, lectures and discussions will be simultaneously translated into all three languages. The theme of the forum remains the same as it was assigned to the 2020 festival “Baltica” – the ritual. It will unfold both in the theoretical and in the artistic parts of the programme: by discussing and demonstrating musical (vocal and instrumental) and choreographic folklore, as well as customs, gastronomic and other kinds of heritage, by highlighting archaic and ceremonial forms, by sharing the good safeguarding practices concerning the old traditions. The presentations and the lectures will be given and the discussions will be moderated by prominent Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian folklore, mythology, archaeology, language, folk art and gastronomy researchers, and the good practices and experiences will be shared by the folklore groups’ leaders, performers, teachers and other practitioners.