Virtual three for the weekend in Latvia: folk music, rock and disco

Italians and other Europeans have been making the most of being quarantined in the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic will the new trend of creating “balcony music”, which has included everything from opera to techno music. Here in the north we might be a bit too shy for that to catch on, but we've found some online options for you to stream in the comfort of your own home, so you can observe social distancing while singing along or simply listening and enjoying.

Digital Archives of Latvian Folklore

The Archives of Latvian Folklore, founded in 1924, collects, stores and publishes material, creating one of the largest folklore collections in Europe with 3 million folklore items. Enjoy both old and new audio recordings of Latvian folk songs from around the country. The digital archives are also publishing Diaries in the Time of Pandemic 2020, inviting anyone documenting these uncertain times in Latvia to send their entry to [email protected] or tag @autobiografijas.lv if posting on Facebook.

BI-2 and symphonic orchestra

The Russian group famous in Latvia for their collaboration with hometown group Brainstorm was set to perform a concert in Riga with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra featuring music from their new albums “Bi -2 & Prague Metropolitan Symphonic Orchestra VOL. 3” and “Event Horizon”. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the group will instead perform a livestream concert featuring Russian etho-jazz singer Tina Kuznetsova on March 20 at 6:00 p.m. Latvian time. All tickets will still be valid for their in-person concert on September 10.

Quarantine Disco Vol. I - 90's

After a trial run on Wednesday night, the first official online Quarantine Disco will be held on Friday, March 20 at 9:00 p.m. after the nightly news. Tune in to hear your favorite oldschool hiphop, eurodance and boy band tracks by Bomfunk Mc’s, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Scooter and others. Apparently the DJ foresees an extended isolation with more volumes to follow. As there's clearly no physical bar, the only sponsor Beefeater is relying on those tuning in to make their own gin+tonics. A special surprise is also promised, so don't miss out!

Give it a miss - Netflix

As a bonus we're also suggesting what to pass up this weekend. TV show and movie streaming service Netflix has announced they'll be decreasing the streaming video quality for their services in Europe for the next 30 days in an attempt to limit data consumption while so many are quarantined or self-isolating. The service has not yet announced any discounts or rebates for the clients who will have to endure the sub-par service.
 

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