This year we are delighted to showcase our International Marquee by the Old Harbour where we welcome performers, dancers and skilled crafts men and women from Latvia and Estonia.
From the Latvian town of Kuldiga
Learn about Kuldiga, its welcoming charm and abundant nature, including the local flying fish.
See and hear performances of traditional music on a ‘kokle, an authentic Latvian string instrument.
Youth dance theatre group ‘Focus’, will perform ‘The Story of a Seaman’.
Traditional foods will be showcased, including Laura Pruse’s healthy porridge recipes for children and Latvia’s shiitake mushrooms showcased by Andris Vjaksa.
Ruta Sokolovska will make traditional pastry, Sklandrusis, a Latvian sweet pie made from carrots and potatoes.
See beautiful textile items from Zane Eglite and Anda Vitola, decorative sewing by Andra Otto and Dace Tunne and craft items by Santa Kreicmane and Klinta Abolina.
Join Sandra Vanaga to learn how to create textile puppets, while Marta Darge will host a workshop on creating and painting wooden items, inspired by a love of art and fish.
Glass artist Iveta Brence will be demonstrating how to paint small glass figurines, including boats and fish. Kristine Simpermane will demonstrate how to create jewellery pieces from porcelain.
From the Estonian town of Tahkuranna
Kaire & Phillip Roder and Angela Jõumees are masters of invention when it comes to creating culinary delights with cucumber and honey.
Esta Tamm, introduces ways to use gin for marinating fish, giving it a new and refreshing twist.
Karl Jõumees will be creating some oversized sculptures using chainsaws during the Festival.
Folk dance group Ulejala will present a romantic story from a small fishing village in Estonia.
Kaja and Tõnu Kivis create a range of canvas bags with Estonian image designs which will be available to buy.
Merle Looring and Harry Looring will demonstrate net making, complemented by Mirko Kersalu and Merle Kond who specialise in rope making.
This project has been made possible by the following funders and supporters: