For a whole week in the summer of 2023, Riga will be taken over by the most grandiose festival in Latvia – the Latvian Song and Dance Festival. Tens of thousands of singers and dancers from all over Latvia will fill the city with the sounds of folk music, creating a unique event on a world scale that has been included in the UNESCO list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Starting on 30 June, Riga will experience a series of exciting singing and dancing performances, beginning with the opening concert at the Song Festival Park (Viestura dārzs), choir contests, dancer and brass band concerts, and the most spectacular event of all – the closing concert at the Mežaparks open-air stage. This concert is considered to be the main part of the celebration, and it is a unique experience to listen to the voices of more than 15 thousand singers. As they sing generally beloved songs, the choir becomes even bigger as the listeners join in, creating an euphoric atmosphere and an indescribable feeling of togetherness.
Songs and singing are a fundamental part of the Latvian identity, dating back to a time when the nation did not even have its own state. The first Latvian Sing and Dance Celebration was held in 1873, and ever since then, this festival has gathered singers and listeners from all around Latvia. Thanks to this festival, Latvians have developed choir singing traditions, and Latvian choirs regularly win international choir contests.
It is planned that ticket sales will start in March 2023, with a maximum of four tickets per event per purchase. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to experience the Latvian Song and Dance Celebration – a unique event that celebrates the culture and identity of Latvia.
Ticket sale is planned to begin in April 2023.