Livonian songs ensemble
In anniversary of Ā. Mauriņa, 1996
meaning: Livonians (finno-ugric nationality, living in Latvia)
recommended transcription in English: Livlist
approximate pronunciation in English: Liivlist
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Created: 8 January 1972
Leader: Ārija Mauriņa
Number of participants: 26, of them by age:
younger than 14 years: 3
from 14 to 24 years: 4
from 25 to 44 years: 1
from 45 to 64 years: 10
older than 64 years: 8
and by gender:
Forms of activity: sing, play music, play roundelays
The ensemble does not have an emblem, but has a flag. On colours of
Livonian three-colour flag (the dark blue colour symbolizes sea, white -
sea coast, green - forests) is written the name of the ensemble.
Description: The Livonian song ensemble was formed 8 January 1972 by
Livonians living in Riga and its vicinities. It was courageous and, from the
point of view of the cultural survival - absolutely necessary action, since
the attitude towards the Livonian national aspirations in Soviet Latvia
was not always positive. The first leaders were Dzidra Kļaviņa and
The ensemble has found its name Līvlist in 1975 on the initiative of its
participant the Livonian poet Pēteris Dambergs.
The repertoir comprises Livonian folk and original songs, as well as
musical stagings, for example Livonian wedding, which has been performed not
only in Latvia, but also in Estonia and Finland. The ensemble sings in Livonian
language and in the Livonian dialect of the Latvian language, has sung in
Estonian and Finnish earlier.
The Livonian song ensemble has performed in different places of Latvia,
Estonia and Finland, participated in folklore festivals and Song festivals.
Traditional are the concerts in the Ethnographical museum and on the Livonian
holiday in Mazirbe.
The connoisseurs of Livonian language remained not so much, therefore
ensemble plays the important role in struggle for its preservation.
The Premiere of a staged Livonian wedding in the Ethnographical museum, Riga, 8 July 1979
Ārija Mauriņa, Ūnijas 72-22, Rīga, LV-1084, Latvija
Arija Maurina, Unijas 72-22, Riga, LV-1084, Latvia
Phone: (+371) 2-561656
Date of presenting the information: 2 August 1998