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Creative Playhouse : Latvian Midsummer Tale

Creative Playhouse : Latvian Midsummer Tale

Thu 22 Sep

Creative Playhouse: Latvian Midsummer Tale.

Three women take you on a journey to rural Latvia through musical storytelling, movement and song whilst introducing you to Latvian culture and tradition. Martha, Alice and Lidija will take you on an eventful journey through the decades, starting in the 1930s. See how they navigate from their youthful childhood to exciting motherhood. Let’s celebrate!

What is the Midsummer Celebration?

In Latvia, every year people from cities escape to the countryside to celebrate the longest day of the Summer and the shortest night. The celebration is full of traditions and culture. People make cheese, drink beer, swing in massive swings, make flowery wreaths, jump over the fire, swim, dance till morning and then watch the sunrise together which symbolises entering a new phase of life.

How did it begin?

‘This idea of exploring my Latvian roots and traditions through theatre had been in my head for a long time.  Latvia is where my identity and belonging comes from and I want to bring a little bit of this culture to North Devon.’    Estere Slare