Start date: 30 June, 2018
End date: 8 July, 2018
AboutLatvians have always sung, since olden times, but only in the second half of the 19th century, still years before Latvia first gained its independence, did organized gatherings begin, where Latvians sang patriotic songs and celebrated their national identity. In the early years, that is prior to 1918, these songs (and the emotions linked with the singing the songs’ lyrics) helped Latvians to maintain hope that one day in the future a free and independent Latvia would be born.
Song festivals, which officially started in 1873, provided an opportunity to display the richness of Latvian culture, and started a tradition that still continues today.
Latvian song festivals are a rich expression of culture and national unity that began in Latvia and have been celebrated throughout Europe, North America, and Australia. Festival participants and spectators enjoy a rich variety of cultural events, meet with old friends, and make new friends
Next XXVI General Latvian Song and Dance Festival will be held in Riga and nationwide through all regions of Latvia. First Latvian Song and Dance introductory concerts year will take place during May in Saldus and Preili.
Read amore on the past Latvian Song and Dance Festival (2013) here