Welcome to our home page. Latvia’s Folk Radio OIRA
was created with support of the Culture Management Centre “Lauska”
and financial support of the Latvia’s State Culture Capital Foundation
This is an internet radio station, which can be heard from the www.folkradio.lv home page. The Latvian language web page can be found at www.radioooira.lv .
In the spring of 2006, Edgars Skrāģis, a folk music enthusiast and formerly the guitarist with the "Laimas Muzykanti" folklore group, came up with the idea of creating an internet radio station. After testing phases, it officially went live on February 1, 2007.
This project is envisioned as providing a unique opportunity to listen to Latvian, Latgalian, Selonian, and Livonian folk music performed both traditionally and in a variety of interpretations by local musicians, as well as by groups from abroad. The radio station will also inform listeners about news in Latvia's folk music, folklore events and performances around the world.
Radio OIRA is available 24 hours a day. It can be heard anywhere in the world where the internet and data streaming is available, using a personal computer that has a sound card or using web radio receiver. Currently the radio can be accessed using Windows Media Player, Real Player or Winamp (at either 128K or 64K). In the future additional formats and upgrades will be made available, allowing listeners to select the most appropriate program for their PC and internet connection.
This project was realized thanks to our indispensable team: Juris and Daina Zalāns and the Cultural Management Centre “Lauska”, Krišs Abens from the Abens.se WEB design company in Stockholm, who created and maintains the web pages; all the folk music groups, ethnographic ensembles and folklorists, who helped gather the musical material; as well as our listeners, who with their ideas help shape and develop this radio station.