"Cielava" 15'th anniversary,
Salacgriva, 11 October 2003
In rainy autumn's saturday's evening the large hall of the Salacgriva Culture house was full of people. And, in spite of the fact that in the hall it was very cold, the atmosphere was warm and
The first part of the celebration was a concert of the heros of the
anniversary. Basically they sang, sang beautifully - both traditional
songs and romances.
A playing of folk instruments in the group is developed enough too. At the
beginning they have shown psalteries' playing. They played good, only it
was a pity, that psalteries were not tuned well.
Already a year under a wing of Cielava
works a children's folklore ensemble Cielaviņa. When the children sang together,
the impression was, that everyone sings in individual key and melody. But
a solo song of the youngest participant of the ensemble was beautiful.
Plays the group's band
Participants of the ensemble plays not only psalteries, but also newer
instruments: violin, squeeze-box, drum and monochord (in a role of a
bass). This time they played loudly and vehemently.
In the second part of the celebration were congratulations (by speeches,
songs, dances etc.) of guests: officials of Salacgriva, chiefs of other local artistic
collectives and a lot of folklore ensembles from the whole Latvia:
Kāsis from Limbazi,
Pūrs from Slampe,
Abrenīte from Vilaka,
Rota from Valmiera,
Artava from Ogre,
Laiva from Riga,
Otanki ethnographical ensemble
and Maskačkas spēlmaņi).
Many well-wishers praised the leader of the collective Zenta Mennika
(and we join them too), because without a preliminary knowledge and
preparations, by self-denying work she has reached very much:
a knowledge about traditional customs, skills of an organizer, and skill to play
psaltery and violin.
In the third part the hosts have layed a huge table. The guests
and the hosts eated, drinked, singed and danced until the midnight.
Article: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš, 22 October 2003
Photos: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš