Latvia sings! You’re welcome to join in!26. June 2013 18:58 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 –
- 7 – 7.30 pm Childrens’ folk dance group "Dzintariņš" performance
- 7.30 – 8.30 pm Childrens’ folk dance group "Zelta sietiņš" and "Teiksmiņa" performance
- 8.30 – 9.00 pm Sing-a-long
- 9.00 – 9.30 pm Folk dance group “Purpuri” from Finland
- 9.30 – 10.00 pm Folk dance group “Jandali” and “Pastlapoolikud” from Estonia
- 10.00 – 10.20 pm Dance competition
- 10.20 – 11.00 pm Latvia’s most popular folk-rock group “Dzelzs vilks” dance repertoire
- 11.00 – 11.20 pm DJ Žanis
- 11.20 – 12.00 midnight “Dzelzs vilks” dance repertoire
- 12.00 – 4.00 am DJ Žanis
- 7.00 – 7.40 pm Childrens’ folk dance group "Teiksmiņa" performance
- 7.40 – 8.20 pm Childrens’ folk dance group "Dzintariņš" performance
- 8.20 – 9.00 pm Childrens’ folk dance group "Zelta sietiņš" performance
- 9.00 – 9.30 pm Fun and games
- 9.30 – 10.30 pm Latvian pop rock group ASTRONOUT performance
- 10.30 – 11.00 pm Fun and games
- 11.00 – 11.45 pm Legendary Latvian rock group "Pērkons" performance
- 11.45 – 12.30 am DJ Karlo
- 12.30 – 1.30 am "Pērkons" performance
- 1.30 – 4.00 am DJ Karlo
There will be many other events in the Ķīpsala Event Centre
- 30th June 4.00 pm Parade of Latvian Folk Costumes (Hall 1, 3.00 LVL)
- 1st July from 1.00 pm onwards Dance Ensemble Competition Final (Hall 2, Free)
- 2nd July 7.00 pm Folk Music Concert “Patterns” (Hall 2, 3 – 5 LVL)
- 4th July 7.00 pm Kokle Music Concert (Hall 2, 3 – 7 LVL)
- 5th July 6.00 pm Senior Choir and Dance Concert (Hall 2, Free)
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
Throughout the city – not to be missed !
- 7.00 pm Wind orchestra concerts at various churches throughout Riga 5th July
- 7.00 pm Latvian Ethnic Minority Ensemble Concert in Dom Square
- 1.00 am – 8.00 pm Folklore Day at various venues – The Latvian Open-Air Museum, Vērmane’s Garden, The Esplanade, Bastejs Hill, The Opera Square.
- 11.30 am – 5.00 pm Street music by vocal ensembles in parks and squares throughout the city.
- 5.00 pm The Grand Wind Orchestra Concert in Dom Square
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.
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.
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.
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/