Cultural initiative to rediscover traditional Latvian toys

The Latvian National Cultural Center (LNKC) has anounced a new creative project competition for students of Latvian art and design schools. The aim of the competition is to invite students to become more aware of their cultural heritage and to promote the acquisition of diverse craft skills. This time, the theme of the competition is traditional toys and games.

Participants in the competition must find out information about home-made or artisan-made traditional toys and games, by researching both family heritage and ethnographic heritage, which is available in museum collections and works of applied folk art. After researching, participants must make a toy or game using traditional skills – woodworking, braiding, knitting, weaving, clay modeling and more.

The prepared description of what was learned during the research and the creative process of the research with the indication "Competition - Heritage" must be submitted electronically signed with a secure electronic signature, sent to the LNKC e-mail [email protected] by January 12, 2024.

Students of art education programs or the vocational secondary education art and design education programs are invited to participate, both individually and in groups. The rules of the contest (in Latvian) can be viewed here.

LNKC art expert Ilze Kupča said: "The aim of the initiative is an invitation to research and explore what is forgotten and unknown, bringing to light heritage and stories of experience, and the skill of making something with one's own hands."

If you're now in the mood for some traditional Latvian fun and games, you might like to check this Midsummer feature from our archives. For a regular diet of Latvian entertainment for children, let us point you in the direction of LSM's dedicated children's department.

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