11th Youth Song and Dance Celebration, photo by Ilmārs Znotiņš

On April 12, 2016, the government confirmed the dates for the 26th National Song and 16th Dance Festival, the Latvian National Culture Center told the press.

The nationally significant event, which takes place once every five years, will take place from June 30 to July 8, 2018.

The Lat­vian na­tion­wide Song and Dance Cel­e­bra­tion is an in­cred­i­ble phe­nom­e­non, rec­og­nized as a Mas­ter­piece of the Oral and In­tan­gi­ble Her­itage of Hu­man­ity by UN­ESCO. With the tra­di­tion dat­ing back to 1873, it is a grass-roots move­ment that lit­er­ally per­vades all of Lat­vian so­ci­ety, en­gag­ing huge num­bers of peo­ple from all walks of life. Be­hind the scenes there are four years of a thor­ough prepa­ra­tion process, a gen­eral tra­di­tion of singing and danc­ing, a re­spect and in­ter­est in the roots of Lat­vian cul­ture.

Source: State Chancellery
Latvian Institute, 13.04.2016, Culture, Celebration, Events in Riga