About the project

The ‘Sing with the Archives’ project, initiated by the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia, aims to popularise recordings from the Archives of Latvian Folklore and invites the public to add their own modern versions to the digital song archives.

The campaign will take place between 15 February and 15 June 2019. ‘Sing with the Archives’ is a sequel to our previous popular campaigns ‘Let’s Read Children’s Poetry’ (Read Aloud #2) and ‘Recite Veidenbaums’ (Read Aloud #1), which gave everyone the opportunity to record themselves reading poetry.

How to participate?

Listen to songs from the Archives. Create your own audio recording using your computer or mobile device and upload to this site. You can also attach a link from your music profile on YouTube or SoundCloud. Vote for your favourite ‘cover version’ and follow the leader boards to find out which of the new versions are the most popular.

Once our editor has listened to your recording it will be confirmed and added to the Archives. You will receive and email with a link to your recording so you can share it on social media. A selections of Editor’s Favourites will also be published on You Tube.

About public engagement

This campaign is being organised by the LU Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art (ILFA) under the auspices of the EU-finded project ‘Strengthening Knowledge Society’ ( The aim of the project is to develop a virtual research and social engagement laboratory; to create information analysis tools for research in the Digital Humanities; to involve the public in the creation of shared knowledge; and to make large cultural data sets publicly accessible and user-friendly for use in research and for the general public.

ILFA has already created and executed a number of significant public campaigns and continues to pursue public engagement in relation to our cultural and historical heritage, such as the ‘Centenary Word Wizards’ and ‘The Language Project’ campaigns, to create material for the Digital Archives of Latvian Folklore.

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