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Drone festival

The scientific term for the typical Suiti “aeeeeeeooooooh” singing by females is drone singing (in Latvian – burdons). Drone singing is one of the most ancient traditional types of polyphonic music (both vocal and instrumental). It traces back to the pre-Christian culture period and still exists and is practiced in Baltics, Balkan countries, the Carpathian mountains, Georgia and the Pyrenean Peninsula. In Latvia, there are individual areas, kind of insulated communities, where the drone tradition has never went away. It still exists in the Suiti area (Alsunga, Gudenieki, Jūrkalne), Bārta, Nīca and some places in Latgale.

To promote the tradition, “Etniskās kultūras centrs “Suiti”” association initiated celebrating international festivals every three years.

The very first festival took place in 2004, the second one in 2007, the third one in 2010, the fourth one in 2014 and the fifth in 2017.

Thanks to the international Drone Festival (Burdona festivāls), this national tradition and value of heritage, which was passed down by generations, still alive and practiced, can be implemented into the modern culture of rural environment and attract more attention both in Latvia and abroad. In the future, the festival is expected to gain the CIOFF status (International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts in partnership with UNESCO), so that it would get more prestige and popularity. For now, in Latvia, such status has been given only to “Baltica” folk festival.

Burdona festivāls 2017

5. Starptautiskais burdona festivāls 2017. gada 9.-11. jūnijs, Alsungā, Basos un Jūrkalnē Festivāla tēma: Saulīt’ silta, māmiņ’ jauka. Izskanējis 5.Starptautiskais burdona festivāls…

Burdona festivāls 2014

2014.gadā suitu kopiena svin piecus gadus kopš Suitu kultūrtelpas iekļauta UNESCO Nemateriālās kultūras mantojuma sarakstā, kam nepieciešama neatliekama glābšana. Tāpēc šogad suitu…

Burdona festivāls 2010

2010.gada 22. -23.maijā ar koncertiem Alsungā, Basos un Jūrkalnē norisinājās 3.Starptautiskais burdona festivāls, kas bija skanīgu koncertu piepildīts. 3.Starptautiskā burdona festivāla laikā…

Burdona festivāls 2007

Burdons ir viens no senākajiem tradicionālās mūzikas daudzbalsības veidiem. Tas sakņojas jau pirmskristietisma kultūrā un vēl šodien ir sastopams Eiropā – Balkānos…

Burdona festivāls 2004

Pie Dzintara jūras, Latvijā, ir kāds neparasts novads, kuru sauc par Suitu zemi. Tā ir vienīgā vieta Latvijas rietumu daļa, Kurzemē, kur…