Jurkalne parish ethnographical ensemble
Name: Maģie suiti
meaning: small Suiti (Suiti - catholic Latvian population of a part of Kuldiga and Ventspils districts)
recommended transcription in English: Magie suiti
approximate pronunciation in English: Maje suiti
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Created: October 1939
Location: Jurkalne parish, Ventspils distr., Kurland
Leader: Austra Čepeļevska
Number of participants: 26, of them by age:
younger than 14 years: 8
from 14 to 24 years: 5
from 25 to 44 years: 2
from 45 to 64 years: 2
older than 64 years: 8
and by gender:
Forms of activity: sing, play music, dance, play roundelays
Description: The Ensemble has been created in October 1939. One of its
first activists was a narrator of Suiti songs Marija Lāce (1915-1997). From the
beginning in repertoir there have been basically wedding and chaffing songs.
Later ensemble began to sing the household ritual songs - from birth up until
The ensemble has prepared some thematic programs: about sea, about work,
about calendar rites.
Performances of ensemble with pleasure are listened not only by local
inhabitants, but also by visitants - tourists, sightseers, reposing.
The ensemble is closely collaborating with folklore collectives from nearby parishes -
Piltene. We co-operate with Suiti ensembles from the Kuldiga district
(Alsunga, Gudenieki) too.
In 1992 under wing of the ensemble is created children-youth group, which
perform apart and along with the adult group.
Austra Čepeļevska, Kuldīgas 23-39, Ventspils, LV-3600, Latvija
Austra Cepelevska, Kuldigas 23-39, Ventspils, LV-3600, Latvia
Phone: (+371) 36-22859
Date of presenting the information: 28 July 1998