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XXVI Latvian Song and XVI Dance Festival
One of the most noteworthy events in Latvia's cultural life is undeniably the Latvian Song and Dance Celebration, which has taken place once every five years since 1873. This is a major event involving thousands of participants from all over Latvia.
If you are in Riga from the 30th of June to the 8th 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.
The festivities bring together more than 40 000 participants to Riga - singers, dancers, wind orchestra musicians, folklore groups, amateur theatres, studios of applied and fine arts, and others. The festival features a number of various concerts and lasts for a whole week.