Already this week, on Friday evening, at 19.00, on the shores of Lake Jugla, at the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, new sound stories will be discovered at the World Music Festival PORTA with the first summer open-air concert in its history.

The concert will be opened by the debutants of the festival (no matter how strange it may sound!) - the band Raxtu Raxti with a concert program that has not yet been performed on a stage. During the pandemic, the band has been working on the album "Vidū Saule", and the festival visitors will be the first ones to hear it. "These are Latvian folk songs in the arrangement of "Raxtu Raxti". “Previously, our repertoire included music by Imants Kalniņš and other Latvian authors, as well as a Latvian folk songs. And this is in some way an experiment for ourselves, maybe for me less, but for other members of the group, who are not so distinct folk musicians as me and my brother Edgars,” with the upcoming introduces the voice and the soul of the group - Kristīne-Kārkle Kalniņa. 

An artist who has been a part of the festival in previous years and also the SoundBound project, where recognized as the Viking Queen, one of the most recognizable symbols of the Faroe Islands - Eivør - will take on the stage on the second part of the event. Forgers of truly elusive energy - The Saulkrasti mixed choir ANIMA - has been carrying out intense and emotionally charged rehearsals to be ready to accompany the crystal clear voice that Eivør possesses in five compositions on August 20th.

A composition written especially for Eivør's voice, choir and the present time, which will premiere at the festival Porta, is also being honed to readiness. Its author, the choir's artistic director and conductor Laura Leontjeva says: “The message of this song was very clear from the beginning. It was much harder to find suitable lyrics of folk songs. Reading a lot, I was looking for someone who can describe the feeling that was in me. The feeling that we can each be the sun and still be able to resist the temptation to become the sun that is impure, to become the sun that slanders. To become a sun that loses its radiance, because now it is very, very easy to lose spiritual purity. Thinking about this time, the most important thing seems to be - we keep the light in ourselves and radiate it.”


Everyone who has been vaccinated against Covid-19, has recovered from Covid-19 or has tested negative for Covid-19 during the last six months is invited to attend the World Music Festival PORTA. Children under the age of 12 who have not been vaccinated or have been recovered from Covid-19 can attend the event free of charge with their parents - they will not have to take the Covid-19 test.

In order to provide convenience for the visitors of the event, on August 20th, from 17.00 o'clock there will be an opportunity to do a rapid saliva test for Covid-19. This will be provided by E. Gulbis' laboratory and will cost 24 EUR.

Entrance to the event is going to be opened at 17.00, the concert starts at 19.00.
Tickets for the open-air concert of the World Music Festival “PORTA” can be purchased at the box office of “Biļešu paradīze”, https://www.bilesuparadize.lv/lv/event/99535, where detailed information on epidemiological conditions is also available in accordance with the regulations in force in the country.