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Director of PanamaTipico.com speaks at Towards Digital Folkloristics Conference in Latvia


[Our first image of the Old City of Riga was this view of St. Peter's Church while we were crossing the Daugava River.]

Our first image of the Old City of Riga was this view of St. Peter's Church while we were crossing the Daugava River.


[While walking to our hotel, we ran into the magnificent House of the Blackheads, the former seat of the powerful merchants' brotherhood.]

While walking to our hotel, we ran into the magnificent House of the Blackheads, the former seat of the powerful merchants' brotherhood.


[Another icon of the city is the impressive Riga Cathedral.]

Another icon of the city is the impressive Riga Cathedral.


[The teaching staff of the College of Humanities of the University of Latvia welcomed us to the city. Pic by: College of Humanities, University of Latvia.]

The teaching staff of the College of Humanities of the University of Latvia welcomed us to the city. Pic by: College of Humanities, University of Latvia.


[At the university, we gave a speech about Panama's traditional festivals. It was attended by students from the Iberian Studies Department.]

At the university, we gave a speech about Panama's traditional festivals. It was attended by students from the Iberian Studies Department.


[After the speech, we visited the Old Riga quarter, beginning by the Riga Castle, the residence of the President of Latvia.]

After the speech, we visited the Old Riga quarter, beginning by the Riga Castle, the residence of the President of Latvia.


[At some sections of the perimeter of the Old City it is still possible to see remains of the medieval walls of Riga.]

At some sections of the perimeter of the Old City it is still possible to see remains of the medieval walls of Riga.


[The Swedish gate is another important remain of the walled past of the city and the wars between Swedish and Russians.]

The Swedish gate is another important remain of the walled past of the city and the wars between Swedish and Russians.


[Another important building of this part of the city is the Powder Tower.]

Another important building of this part of the city is the Powder Tower.


[The Cat House is must-see attraction of the Old City of Riga.]

The Cat House is must-see attraction of the Old City of Riga.


[Very near, The Three Brothers are located. These are the oldest residences in the Old Quarter of Riga.]

Very near, The Three Brothers are located. These are the oldest residences in the Old Quarter of Riga.


[After such a long walk, it was time for a traditional Latvian dinner. Pork meat and a cold soup made of beets are representative dishes of the local cuisine.]

After such a long walk, it was time for a traditional Latvian dinner. Pork meat and a cold soup made of beets are representative dishes of the local cuisine.


[The next day, very early in the morning, we headed to National Library of Latvia for the Towards Digital Folkloristics conference.]

The next day, very early in the morning, we headed to National Library of Latvia for the Towards Digital Folkloristics conference.


[There, our Director, Marino Jaen Espinosa, presented his analysis of the online community Chepo Cultura y Tradicion as a heritage preservation tool.]

There, our Director, Marino Jaen Espinosa, presented his analysis of the online community Chepo Cultura y Tradicion as a heritage preservation tool.


[The audiencie was made up of folklore, archive and digital technology specialists mainly from Northern Europe.]

The audiencie was made up of folklore, archive and digital technology specialists mainly from Northern Europe.


[After the conference, we toured a little more of the city, beginning in the canal dividing the old and new areas of Riga.]

After the conference, we toured a little more of the city, beginning in the canal dividing the old and new areas of Riga.


[In this area, the main attraction is the Liberty Monument. It celebrates the long struggle for Latvian independence.]

In this area, the main attraction is the Liberty Monument. It celebrates the long struggle for Latvian independence.


[A little further towards the city center you will see the Orthodox Church of the Nativity, a sample of the Russian influence in Latvia.]

A little further towards the city center you will see the Orthodox Church of the Nativity, a sample of the Russian influence in Latvia.


[A few blocks north of the church, there is the Art Nouveau District with impressive buildings decorated in this style.]

A few blocks north of the church, there is the Art Nouveau District with impressive buildings decorated in this style.


[Almost at the end of our Riga tour, we found many wooden houses in an area of small business and residential businesses.]

Almost at the end of our Riga tour, we found many wooden houses in an area of small business and residential businesses.


[After leaving Riga, we made a brief layover at Frankfurt, Germany. We took advantage if it to visit Römer Square.]

After leaving Riga, we made a brief layover at Frankfurt, Germany. We took advantage if it to visit Römer Square.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2016-09-28

For the sixth year in a row, PanamaTipico.com has been present at an international conference dealing with digital heritage and folklore. Previously, we have spoken at The Netherlands, the USA twice, Bulgaria and Austria. This time, the city was Riga, the Latvian capital, and the conference was titled Towards Digital Folkloristics.

Before participating in the conference, we gave a speech in Spanish at the College of Humanities of the University of Latvia, to students of Spanish language and Iberian cultures. the talk was about Panamanian traditional festivities.

The next day, the conference began and our presentation took place. The topic was an analysis of the Chepo Cultura y Tradicion online community, as a tool to preserve the heritage of a small town in Eastern Panama. The presentation was well received by the audience, made up of professionals in the fields of folklore, archives and digital technologies.

During our brief stay in Riga, we took advantage of some free time to visit the Old City, the Art Nouveau District and Central Riga. These areas of the city offer many interesting opportunities for tourism and are, indeed, a great place for people interested in history, art and heritage. We also had the chance to talk to locals, who at first contact seem very reserved and maybe even cold. But once you get to know them, they turn out to be very welcoming and interested in showing you their beautiful city.

We thank the conference organizers and the staff of the University of Latvia for the great welcome they gave us. We certainly look forward to visit Latvia and Riga again in the future. We also thank Mr. Orlando Mendieta, administrator of Chepo Cultura y Tradicion for giving us access to the community data used in the study.


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