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Latvia: Baltica Festival

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Latvia, Ukraine, Arts & Culture, Ethnicity & Race, History, Music, Travel, Youth

Dykun posts footage from the Baltica Festival [1] in Latvia: “More specifically, this is footage of two groups from Latgale. Latgale is a region of Latvia that has long fascinated me; it is considered by many to be the most rural part of Latvia, and it shares a long border to the east with Russia. The Latgallian dialect is quite distinct from the rest of Latvian, and Latgallians are considered a distinct group within the Latvian nation, though there is a small, small minority who consider the Latgallians a distinct Baltic ethnicity seperate from both Latvians and Lithuanians. […] In short, Latgallians are to Latvians what Hutsuls are to Ukrainians.”