The Baltic Festival Dances Through Another Year

Silvi Vann-Wall 5. dets. 2017

The annual Baltic Festival, featuring performances from Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian, and even Finnish folk groups, has wrapped up for another year. The event, titled Hơissa! Our Village Wedding, took place at Brunswick’s Eesti Maja (Estonian House).

The Baltic Festival Dances Through Another Year

During the afternoon of October 21, festival-goers had the chance to see unique folk dances and hear traditional choral songs of the Baltic nations. As usual there were songs from Lithuanian band The Lost Clog, a performance by the Melbourne Finnish Choir, and a rousing 'Tuljak' (traditional wedding dance) to round out the afternoon.

Traditional Estonian food was served, including delicious Pirukad ('meat pies') and cabbage rolls. The $5 plates quickly sold out, showing just how popular a home-made, rustic meal can be, even in the Australian heat.

After the show, patrons could attend the Baltic arts & crafts market upstairs. The market featured hand made wares from a number of unique sellers, all of them traditionally Baltic or Baltic-inspired.

Those who missed out will have to wait another year for the 2018 Baltic Festival, which will be held at the Finnish House in Altona.