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26. June 2013 18:58 Latvian Song and Dance Celebration tourist 1 Print

If you are in Riga from the 30th of June to the 7th of July,  you have a historic opportunity to be part of the Latvian Song and Dance Celebration which takes place every 5 years.
The Song and Dance Celebration is an evocative manifestation of the Latvian spirit, and as such, has received a UNESCO “Masterpiece of intangible cultural heritage” listing.  43,000 performers and craftsmen participate in over 50 events in 8 days.
Here is a list of the events that are particularly suited for visitors.


HIGHLIGHTS FOR TOURISTS

The Vocal Symphonic Concert
3rd July 7.00 pm at Arena Riga, Skanstes iela 21
The vocal symphonic concert features the best musical talent in Latvia  (1,000 voices and 250 musicians) performing a panorama of Latvian music from the spirit of romanticism to cutting edge contemporary.  Complemented by the popular opera choral hits of this year’s stars, Rihard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, this is an event to be enjoyed by populists and purists alike, accompanied by an equally impressive visual landscape.
Tickets:  3 – 15 LVL.

Kīpsala Event Centre “Saieta Nams”
Kīpsalas iela 8
From  7.00 pm to “late” on the 4th and 5th  of July, The Latvian Exhibition Centre at Ķīpsala, is the place to gather, socialise, eat and drink Latvian specialities, enjoying a variety of Latvian popular and folk music and dance of many genres. This is where the Celebration participants will go to let their hair down and make new friends!
The entry fee of 3.00 LVL will include the following entertainment program –

4th July


5th July

There will be many other events in the Ķīpsala Event Centre

Crafts Fair
Every day from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm, from the 2nd to the 7th of July, the Vērmanes dārzs  (Vērmane’s Gardens) are full to overflowing with a dazzling array of authentic artisan arts and crafts, and designer souvenirs (the first day starts from 12 noon, the last day finishes at 5 pm).
The Vērmane’s Gardens will also feature free concerts by :-
Guest ensembles from all over the world    on the 2nd of July    at 7.00 pm
Latvian ethnic minority ensembles         on the 3rd of July    from 1.00 pm to 8.00 pm
The Latvian Folk Music Marathon         on the 5th of July    from 1.00 pm to 8.00 pm

FREE EVENTS
Throughout the city – not to be missed !

4th July    

6th July    

From the 2nd to the 7th of July, at various venues throughout the city there will be free performances by Guest Artist Groups from all over the world including Georgia, Switzerland, Russia, Romania, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Japan, Norway, Austria, Italy and Croatia.

EXHIBITIONS
The Latvian Folk Art Exhibition “Songs From Other Sources” from the 21st of June to the 8th of September at the Riga Art Space, Kungu iela 3, is a deeply insightful visual treat ! 11.00 am – 6.00 pm (Mondays closed) Entry 2 LVL

Childrens’ Clay Art Figure Exhibition called “The Song Festival Road” from the 26th of June to the 22nd of July at the “Galerija Centrs” Shopping Centre, Audēju iela 16.  

LIVE TELECASTS
Giant screens will telecast the final performance of the spectacular dance extravaganza “Tēvu laipas” (In the Footsteps of Our Fathers) on the 6th of July and the Grand Closing Choral Concert “Līgo” on the 7th of July, as well as many other events throughout the week.       
The Esplanade, Dom Square, The Botanical Gardens.

SPECIAL EVENTS
7th July    The Ceremonial Parade of Wind Orchestras. At 9.30 am, 1,000 brass and woodwind players will march from the Latvian Society House in Merķela iela to the Freedom Monument.

The Grand Parade of 30,000 song and dance participants in full national costume will move (walk, dance, sing)  from the Freedom Monument to the Daile Theatre on Brīvības iela from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.

The Grand All Night Sing-a-Long from 11.00 pm to 4.00 am after the Closing Concert at the Mežaparks Venue.

Full program information and maps (including public transport) are available here : www.dziesmusvetki.tv/en/programme
and at the information centres in The Esplanade, Dom Square, Vērmane’s Gardens,
The Ķīpsala Event Centre and other concert venues.

Tickets are available from Bilešu Paradīze ticket offices, or online at: www.bilesuparadize.lv/events/custompage/596

The Song and dance Celebration is organised by the Latvian National Culture Centre  www.lnkc.gov.lv/en/