June has been a very fruitful month within Information Centre for Newcomers project. In Sigulda (16 June 2020), in a friendly atmosphere, the achievements and objectives reached in the time period from 2018 to 2020 were discussed, popular Indian and traditional Latvian folk dances were danced, as well as the visitors were introduced to the presentation of European Solidarity Corps on intercultural dialogue on We are one project aimed at promoting mutual understanding.
Daugavpils (17 June 2020). The Open Door Day event was perfused by Midsummer mysteries. Different people - one Latvia! That was the motto of the Open Door Day in Daugavpils. The representatives of Belarusian community told about Midsummer celebration tradition, participants were singing, dancing and experiencing the joy of being together.
The achievements were discussed with Information Centre visitors in Liepāja (18 June 2020) as well. The most interesting or surprising issues were discussed and the consultants of ICI had to answer questions. Midsummer wreaths were made together with the nationals of third countries, songs were sung and games were played jointly with the Atštaukas folklore union of Liepāja Theatre.
The Open Door Days for visitors of Information Centre were successfully held in Jelgava as well (19 June 2020.) The event was informative and diverse: art master class conducted by an artist Yekaterina from Russia, Midsummer games were played and traditional Latvian folk dances were danced as well. This event was made very special by the presence of a Kurdish friend Basid, who entertained the visitors with the instrument characteristic of Kurdish and Iranian culture - the popular frame drum - Daf. It must be noted that, out of all percussion instruments of the Middle East, Daf is, probably, the most interesting in terms of its construction.
It is covered by leather on the one side - a musician is using fingers and hands to play it, meanwhile, the backside of Daf, along the entire diameter, is adorned with innumerable metal rings. The musician uses these rings to create rhythmical accents that supplement the base rhythm.
The activity of the Information Center for Newcomers within the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is ensured and developed by the NGO “Shelter “Safe House””. The centre is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/12/2017/2/01.