Address:Brivibas gatve 440 Riga LV-1056, LATVIA Telephone: 371-2-994510
Date of creation: 1924.
Regions: Latvia. Methods/objectives: collection of artefacts, documentation. Typological and cultural-historical research. Arranging of exibitions. Researchers: Irisa Priedite (Description and cataloguing of musical instruments; String instruments and their makers).
Musical instruments: 15 idiophones, 4 membranophones, 91 chordophones, 72 aerophones.
Audio and video archives: audio tapes and cassettes - traditional singers, musicians; video tapes - making and playing of instruments (on the whole archives are quite short of ethnomusicological materials). Regions: Latvia. Classification/documentation: all items have description and are indexed.
Publications prepared by the institution
Individuals or groups are consulted in instrument making or repairing.
Radio/TV: occasional. Concerts/festivals: regular concerts, especially in summer, of folklore ensembles and musicians.
Annual fair of folk art with participation of folklore groups. Public celebration of calendar festivities.