Livonian Institute / Events / 2020

March 21

The Big Day of Bird Waking

Traditionally, the waking of birds occurs on the first Saturday after the spring solstice, and this year the spring begins on March 20 at 5 and 50 minutes. Bird waking is an ancient Livonian ritual traditionally held on the spring solstice morning or the first Easter morning when the song “Tšītšōrlinkizt” is sung, which is said to be of magical nature. The lyrics and more about tradition can be found here.

Not only does the wake-up ritual hasten the arrival of spring, it also has a magical powers: it strengthens your health and helps fulfill the desires of the heart. We invite you to post your captured bird waking photos and videos on the social media with the hashtag #tšītšōr or send them to

Here you can see the waking rituals performed by Valts Ernštreits, Zane Ernštreite un Ulla Frasere.

March 5

Conference session on digital Latvian language resources and tools in common research infrastructure also included a presentation on the Livonian digital resources

In the UL Section of 78th International Scientific Conference “DIGITAL LATVIAN LANGUAGE RESOURCES AND TOOLS IN COMMON RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE” Valts Ersnštreits talked about the electronic resources for Livonian language, its future and projects that are currently being worked on.

March 4

On the broadcast 900 seconds a little on the Livonian Cultural Space’s movement towards inclusion into the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

On the 900 seconds a conversation with the head of the Livonian Institute Valts Ernštreits and the head of the Salaspils mixed choir “Lōja” Ģirts Gailītis. The Livonian language is one of the main components of the Livonian cultural space, and in order to preserve it, the Livonian culture is asked to be included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. You can watch the conversation here.

February 27

The UL Livonian Institute participates in a discussion about the future cultural policy of Latvia!

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia held one of the discussions on the new Cultural Policy Guidelines 2021–2027. A wide range of professionals met in discussions to prepare the new document. This document is being drafted with wide involvement, exchange of views and ideas, so that it can serve as a reference for the years to come.

February 24

Children and youth of the school “Mierlinkizt” study Livonian in a Memrise course created by Reinis Zumbergs and children themselves.

February 21

Online Livonian language lesson

On the International Day of the Mother Language everyone was invited to learn the Livonian language online at the UL Livonian Institute channel on YouTube, where the video recording is still available today. During the Livonian language lesson, with the help of researchers from the LU Livonian Institute, the Livonian children’s and youth’s summer school Mierlinkizt children and Salaspils mixed choir Lōja singers, they could gain insight into the Livonian language, and learn the Livonian folksong Tšītšōrlinkizt – a bird waking song, with which the Livonians traditionally sound the spring.

You can read more about the Livonian language week here.

International Mother Language Day – The Livonian cultural space is on its way towards UNESCO’s intangible heritage list!

We celebrated the International Mother Language Day at the UL Livonian Institute, organized by our institute with the support of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO and the Latvian National Centre for Culture.
Livonian organisations have prepared a letter wishing to nominate the Livonian Cultural Space to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Immediate Conservation. On February 21, the letter was symbolically handed over to the Council of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Latvian National Centre for Culture. The Livonian cultural space has been included in the list of Latvian Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2018.

Participating in the International Scientific Conference “Language in Society” to commemorate the 147th anniversary of academician Jānis Endzelīns.

February 18

The Embassy of Hungary in Latvia visits the UL Livonian Institute.

The sound of Livonian on Radio1 Latvia.

Experience the sound of Livonian on the LR1 broadcast honouring the Mother Tongue Week. The sound of Livonian #1–5 (

February 14

Head of the Rozentals Society of Finland, Jenni Kallionsivu visited the Livonian Institute.

January 27

Courland’s Kreevins – Votes visit the UL Livonian Institute.

During the first meeting, opportunities for collaboration were discussed, i.e. Involvement of the Liv Institute in organizing this year’s Zemgale Russian gathering.

Together with the Livonian children and Līvõd Īt, we unveiled the 150th anniversary year of the Livonian poet K. Stalte.

An article by Uldis Balozs, a LU LI researcher, on Ludza’s Estonians funded by the Finnish Kone Foundation.

January 25

Winter meeting with the Livonian children and youth participants of “Mierlinkizt” summer school.

The topic of the meeting – Kārlis Stalte.


The start of the year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Kōrli Stalte

2020 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Liv culture worker Kārlis Stalte (August 9, 1870 in Mazirbe – January 12, 1947, in Feberlina). Many events will be directly related to his name in the Livonian cultural space this year.

Kārlis Stalte