About the Organization
The Culture Management Centre “Lauska” is a partner for independent artists and groups active in various cultural fields. “Lauska” helps to professionally organize and implement different projects and creative ideas. KMC “Lauska” works in the field of culture management:
- Project writing and fundraising
- Project coordination and administration
- Contacts, networking
- Translation (Latvian, English, German)
- Public relations and marketing
- Consulting in the different stages of projects
- Report writing
- Webpage design, programming and administration
- Interactive multimedia projects
- Production of: CDs, books, catalogues, other printed material
- Concerts and musical accompaniment of various events
- Professional studio recordings
- Folk music workshops and camps, concert lectures at schools in Latvia
The Culture Management Centre “Lauska” was founded on 29 January 2003 with the aim to support cultural processes and professional culture management in Latvia. Its founders are Daina Zalāne (born Zvidriņš), Juris Zalāns, Kristīne Lazdāne and Zinta Pone. It is a nonprofit organization and a registered charity. The head of the board is Daina Zalāne.
Kultūras menedžmenta centrs „Lauska”, biedrība
Vaļņu iela 356, LV1050 Riga, Latvia
a/s Swedbank, HABALV22
IBAN Account No.
LV36 HABA 0551 0042 3225 5
Miera iela 54-14a, LV1013 Riga, Latvia
The logo of the Culture Management Centre “Lauska”
The logo of the Culture Management Centre “Lauska” displays the oldest image of a musician found in Latvia the “Flute Player of Tērvete”, a 13th century drawing on a piece of clay plaster, found on the Tērvete castle mound. The original is in the collection of the Latvian History Museum.
Traditional Music and PostFolklore
KMC “Lauska” has the aim to promote folk music as a vivid and thrilling genre, by encouraging the research and preservation of traditional musical material, as well as by supporting new creative findings. KMC “Lauska” organizes musical camps and workshops for children and young people interested in folk music, different concerts and performances for groups and musicians, as well as produces and releases music CDs.
Music Recording Studio “Lauska”
Studija “Lauska” offers professional recording opportunities for musicians, groups and diverse projects. The recording studio is located in Riga, and is equipped with modern technologies and managed by an experienced sound engineer Kaspars Bārbals, who specializes in recording traditional instruments and music.
The first Latvian Online Folk Radio RADIO OIRA
RADIO OIRA provides the opportunity to listen to Latvian Folk Music 24/7 in the whole world. RADIO OIRA is created and maintained by Edgars Skrāģis. Future plans include thematic broadcasts about Latvian traditional music, live broadcasts of folk music concerts and recordings, as well as interviews with Latvian and other folk musicians. RADIO OIRA is financially supported by The State Culture Capital Foundation.
Phone +371 2915 6686
KMC “Lauska” Head of the Board, Bookkeeping, Project Management
Daina Zalāne (b. Zvidriņa) born in Germany, lived in Bremen and graduated from the Latvian Gymnasium in Münster/Westf. Moved to Latvia in 1994, studied at the Latvian Academy of Culture Intercultural Relations between Latvia and Great Britain. Received an MA in Arts Management at City University in London, U.K. Translates both oral and written Latvian German English.
From 2001 to 2006 worked at the Latvian National Opera in the International Relations and Development department, in 2005 moved to the Production department. Since 2006 worked at the Commercial department of an international construction company. In 2010 founds her own company SIA “Jumala” that provides consultancies in project management and bookkeeping for arts and nongovernmental organizations. Sings at the folklore group “Savieši”.
Phone +371 2956 6995
Project management, publishing
Studied at the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the Latvian University, graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree.
From 1989 to 1990 worked as elementary school teacher in the Latvian village “Lejas Bulāna” in Siberia, Russia. Co-founder of the Latvian Anthropologists Association and participant in several oral history projects. Co-founder of a number of NGOs. Long term experience in project writing and music management as well as publishing of music recordings, books, magazines and other printed material. Many years worked as project manager at the publishing company N.I.M.S.
Since 2009 works at the museum and research centre “Latvians Abroad” www. lapamuzejs.lv
Phone +371 28376398
Sound engineer and head of recording Studio “Lauska”.
Creative leader of bagpipes and drums group “Auļi” participant at pagan metal group “Skyforger“. Plays the kokle, flute, but mainly bagpipes. In 2007 he establishes his own recording studio “Lauska”, where most of the recordings released by “Lauskas” are recorded and produced. Participant in many musical projects.
KMC “Lauska” Ethno-Photographer and Web-Developer
Jordi NN ( Jordi Navarro Navarrete ), born 1985 in Valencia, Spain.
Interdisciplinary artist and creative mind, he began to produce art projects in his teens. During his career he has studied different fields of multimedia arts (design, photography, video, conceptual art) and classic arts (sculpture, drawing, painting).
Since 2010 Jordi NN has become an internationally known artist with his first exhibitions outside Spain. Since that he has participated, developed and created projects in different countries such as Greece,Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, the U.S., etc.
Specialized translations in folklore and traditional music.
Born in Minneapolis (United States), grew up in a bilingual family and earned a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of Minnesota. Also studied at the Latvian Gymnasium in Münster, Germany. Has lived in Latvia since 2004, where she works as a translator, editor and proofreader. Is active in the local traditional music community; has participated in the Latvian folk groups Teiksma, Lini, Savieši and various other music projects.