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What is happening here? Liva and Anita are discussing about some events on the sofa. Where have they been? Was it worth it? I like staying at home, watching at the ceiling and listening to silence. But in this room silence is a rare thing 'cos our friends play games here, so you see that plenty of interesting things can be done together in this room. The living room is opened for everyone for playing, telling stories, suggesting events.
Send us your story, game instructions, recommendations about a film, theatre play or concert. Especially we are waiting for multicultural ideas. Write us! We are waiting! Read more
Our friends like to sit down on the sofa together with guests or other friends of the house in the living room, talk about the events they have visited. They all are telling, telling and telling, because they have not experienced everything yet. If you do not know where to go, have a look what we recommend you to visit. Sometimes I think - was it worth to see everything? I really like to stay at home, to watch the roof and to listen to silence. But silence is a rare thing, because the floor is often making noises. Since our friends know a lot of national games, they like to teach us.
Every month different national Storytelling evenings are taking place, so you can find out more about the Baltic or Caucasian cultures. Furthermore, every month different competitions are taking place as well, for example, enliving the web site by finding interesting facts, asking questions and waiting for the answers. Watch out - everything is just starting!

But the most interesting is the guest book. There you can sign up if you want to become a friend of our house, who wants to tell his/her story.

If you want to ask us something or you want to tell us something about yourself,for example, about the way you live, what do you like and what do you do with your friends, write us and also we will know it. Maybe you have tried out a delicious recipe or you want to recommend a recently read book - come in and tell us! What about nice pictures and videos you have taken? Send it to us! We are looking forward to it!
In our chest we have a lot of competitions! Of course - with awards!

To take part in the competition, send us your story, photo, video, sign up in the guest book, get your code and get your own "Friends' stories" certificate. Search for your stories in each room's part “your story”.

1. Competition
Friends' stories! Choose one of the sayings and write your own story. You can find Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian, Georgian, Azerbaijanian and Armenian sayings. The competition takes place till April 14, but the winners will meet in the summer camp in August.

2. Competition
If you want to come along – send us information about one of the Baltic-Caucasian countries, which, to your mind, would greatly fit in our home. Your story might be a story, a photo, a video, a drawing... If this story is great, we will put it on our web site, meanwhile, we are inviting you to our national evenings, where you can get to know other friends and where a lot of interesting things take place.
Write us and send us your works by sending us your code, the room's name, in which we should put the information. To understand better what fits in each room, read my thoughts about each room.
 
 
Evenings' description

 

Opening ceremony of the project “Friends’ Tales”

The opening ceremony took place at Children’s Literature Centre of the National Library of Latvia. During the opening ceremony visitors were introduced with the project, its aims, participants and planned activities. As a continuation the project the web page www.stastulaiks.lv was opened and presented. Different activities took place in the workshops, like, playing greeting text games, making masks, singing songs, but special attention was paid to celebrating winter solstice by following different traditions. At the end everyone listened to musical performances of the project children.  

Storytelling evening. Estonia

The Storytelling evening took place at Children’s Literature Centre of the National Library of Latvia. During the event guests and participants of the project were acquainted with Estonian culture, history and Estonians’ life in Latvia through stories, photos and videos. The poet and translator Inese Zandere and Maima Grīnberga read Estonian children stories and told about Estonian children books available in Latvian and other languages. Ly Metsis – the deputy head of the Estonian Embassy - greeted everyone who had gathered in the evening. Guests also enjoyed different Estonian musical performances. In the workshops everyone had the possibility to do some activities related to Estonian culture - paint rocks, make jewelry and become acquainted with literature by guessing the titles of Estonian books looking only at pictures. At the end everyone joined together to dance Estonian national dance “Kaera Jaan”.    

Storytelling evening. Lithuania

The evening took place at Riga Lithuanian Secondary School. At first everyone visited several exhibitions representing Lithuanian culture, literature, art and their life in Latvia. Afterwards guests enjoyed a performance of Lithuanian folk dance ensembles. Project children together with Lithuanian children played and learned Lithuanian games and took part in other interesting activities. On the same day Lithuanians celebrated the traditional Shrovetide and guests had the possibility to see what traditions are followed on this day.

Storytelling evening. Armenia

Armenian evening took place at Ita Kozakēviča Latvian Association of National Cultures. During the evening guests listened to stories about Armenia, watched videos resembling the beauty of the country and its culture. Raffi Haradžajan – the head of the Ita Kozakēviča Latvian Association of National Cultural Societies - welcomed guests at the evening and introduced with different aspects of Armenian culture and history, as well as told about the life of Armenians in Latvia.  The second part of the evening was devoted to various musical performances – singing of local Armenians, and playing the piano. Representatives of the association told guests about the famous Armenian singer and actor Sharl Aznavur. In the workshops project children together with Armenian artists learned to write Armenian letters, dance Armenian dance, while others enjoyed watching paintings of many Armenian artists.

Storytelling evening. Azerbaijan

The Storytelling evening took place at Children’s Literature Centre of the National Library of Latvia. The evening was launched with the presentation of the campaign “World @your library” as the Children’s Literature Centre joined the campaign. Many stories on the culture and history of Azerbaijan were told during the evening. Ayyar Huseynov - the counselor of the Azerbaijan Embassy - greeted guests of the event as well. Afterwards local Azerbaijan ensembles performed many songs and a dance honoring the arrival of the spring season, as well as presented Azerbaijan literature works. In the workshops project children learned to write Azerbaijan letters, explored ornaments and their meaning and made Azerbaijan sweets. At the end guests acquainted with Azerbaijan tradition - celebration of a wedding ceremony.

                                                                              Storytelling evening. Georgia

The final Storytelling evening took place at Children’s Literature Centre of the National Library of Latvia. Everyone had the possibility to enjoy applied art exhibition displayed by Agaza Gudushauri, representing the applied arts studio "Pshavi" from Georgia. Children watched the animation film "Nightingale birthday", that is written by the famous Georgian author Vazha Pshavela. Afterwards they drew comics on the topic of the animation in one of the workshops. In other workshops participants wrote words with Georgian letters and made bracelets with Georgian ornaments. After the workshops everyone watched video about Georgia and listened to stories about Georgian culture and history. Ketevana Esiašvili – the counselor of the Embassy of Georgia – expressed her gratitude for the organized event that gives deep insight into the Georgian culture. During the event winners of the saying competitions were awarded and received a pass to the summer camp. Agaza Gudushauri told about many aspects of culture and its peculiarities. As Georgia is a country of beautiful music, guests also had the possibility to listen to Georgian music performed by local Georgian artists together with children from the project “Friends’ tales”.