Decided to spend mid summer solstice immersing my self in some Latvian cultural entertainment. Again, as at all Latvian events, lots and food, beer, singing and dancing. Now before anyone takes offence I’m actually paying some compliments here. Despite copious amounts of alcohol being consumed there was a wonderful atmosphere in Mezaparka on Saturday, This is in stark contrast to when a load Englishmen get together and have a few drinks. I believe the Freedom Monument in Riga has been the subject of visits by intoxicated Englishmen on stag party weekends, so I think my Latvian readers. Will know what I’m talking about. The main attraction didn’t start until 10.00pm yet people had been arriving from mid-day. Not sure what state they were in when the main entertainment started.
The Latvians organisers really do know how to put on a spectacle, and considering the performers came from all corners of Latvia what they managed to achieve was nothing short of miraculous. It was basically a night of song and dance telling the story of Jani and Liga with a few witches thrown in for good luck. I’m not sure if it was intended by the producers but there was a lot of sexual imagery taking place. Straight from the start your have a very attractive young girl dancing around the haystacks. After a minute or so a handsome young man appears riding a huge stallion. Now if there isn’t sexual innuendo there, then I’ll eat my hat. You only have to look at the photographs I took and you will see what I mean. Anyway it was a great spectacle and congratulations to everyone involved.
If you want to see the photos I took click here to see them. If you were a performer and you see one of yourself feel free to use it as long as it is not for commercial uses