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Magical Sounds of the Kokle - Learn How to Play It

       Latvia, Riga, Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia

       11:00 - 14:00

       May - September

Are you curious about exploring local folk music and instruments all around the world? Then this workshop is for you! I will introduce you to the kokle, a Latvian traditional string instrument. Latvians have a saying that the kokle is given to us by God, but the bagpipes - by the Devil. It will take only a few seconds to understand why we say that. I can assure you that the kokle has one of the purest, most magical, and calming sounds among all the instruments you have ever heard, and you will have an opportunity to lure out some ancient melodies from the kokle by yourself.

We will meet at the entrance of the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia. In the beginning, I will provide you with a short background of the kokle history and different types of this instrument. Then the magical sounds of the kokle will cast a spell on you while I play a few songs. But later - it will be your turn to play! I will teach you the basics of the kokle and up to three simple, but beautiful Latvian folk songs. Do not worry, you do not need to have any previous experience in playing music, although the ability to read sheet notes would be useful (but is not required).

After the kokle workshop, you can explore the museum on your own, have a picnic next to the lake, or simply enjoy the pine forest.

The workshop takes place outdoors, please, dress according to the weather.

PRICE: 100 eur


  • Kokle playing workshop in English

  • Entrance ticket to the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia

  • Herbal tea

GROUP SIZE: one person

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