Pārdaugava Folk music society (PFMS) is a non-governmental organization that was established in 2006. The aims of the society is to promote folk music processes; to support folk music collectives and individual musician activities; event organisation and technical provision; education, course and camp organization, international cooperation.
The main activities of the PFMS are:
- Instrumental music’s tradition research and popularisation. The specialists of the Society are involved in the research of the traditional instruments and music making. Instrumental music’s heritage project, folk music festival’s „Live Music” organization. (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013)
- Life-long learning activities. Master classes with local and foreign lector participation in Society’s organized festivals. With the support of the Agricultural rural development fund, the Society has realized a project „Folk music and crafts centre establishment in Krape”. Built and equipped music instrument workshop for traditional instrument manufacturing and master training. This work is continued with the ES financed cross-border cooperation program’s EST-LAT project „House of Sounds- renovation of instrumental music traditions in Vidzeme and South Estonia”, in which are carried out the region’s common traditional instruments- harmonica and many-string instruments masters of production and musician play trainings. In May 2013 PFMS had realized an international Grundtvig life-long learning program’s project „Traditional music and instrument play training for people with no specific knowledge”. And in October 2013 within program „Youth in Action” a cultural and educational youth exchange „Folk in Action”. 2013.-2014. The Society is leading the Grundtivg life-long learning program’s learning partnerships with organizations from Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and Turkey.
- Traditional culture and folk music event organization. In cooperation with LU folklore ensemble „Dandari”, the Society is organizing an international Folklore dance and music festival „Pa Pēteriem” (2007, 2010, 2012, 2014). The society also takes part in a traditional event „Jāņugunis Rīgas kalnos” (trans. summer solstice fire in Riga’s hills) organization and realization. Gives support to folk music group „Hāgenskalna muzikanti” for their creative activities.
- Provides services- folk music instrument repair and manufacturing, event sound services, folk music and folklore performance (concert, etc.,) organization.
Sandra Lipska, chairman of the board
Phone number: +371 26162146