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Suiti Cultural Space

The Suiti are an ethnic group who live in the western region of Kurzeme in the parishes of Alsunga, Gudenieki and Jūrkalne and surrounding areas and are renowned in Latvia for their colourful folk costumes and vocal drone – or bourdon singing (singing a continuous low-pitched note while the melody is sung at a higher pitch level) – traditionally performed by the Suiti women. The Suiti have unique wedding traditions, folk songs, dances and melodies that have over the past decades been documented and recorded and are now experiencing a renaissance, having been highlighted as a noteworthy example of local intangible cultural heritage.

Dziedi līdzi Suitu sievām: Kurzemes radio raidījums [CD]. ([20–]). Izpilda folkloras grupa „Suitu sievas”, raidījumu vada Dainis Pilskungs. [Latvija]. Latvijas Nacionālās bibliotēkas Audiovizuālais krājums, Fcd/11390.

Nosargāt gadsimtus: suitu kultūrtelpa [DVD]. (2009). Režisore Daina Rašenbauma. Latvija: Biedrība EKC „Suiti”. Latvijas Nacionālās bibliotēkas Audiovizuālais krājums, Fdvd/1996.

Suitu kāzas: precību un kāzu dziesmas [CD]. (2016). Izpilda „Suitu sievas”, „Maģie suiti”, „Gudenieku suiti” u.c. [Alsunga]: Etniskās kultūras centrs „Suiti”. Latvijas Nacionālās bibliotēkas Audiovizuālais krājums, Fcd/11647.