The VIII Nordic-Baltic Choral Festival offers more than 20 events in both Rīga and Latvia's region from June 25 to 28.

Romāns Vanags, the artistic director of the VIII Nordic-Baltic Choral Festival, says that this year's event will be of high importance, as 20 years have passed since the first festival, and the festival is taking place in Latvia once again. "This means that this will not be just one concert or initiative, it will be something that people will want to follow," said Vanags.

According to Culture Minister Dace Melbārde, the Nordic-Baltic Choral Festival is an acknowledgement of Latvian talents and personalities. At the same time, the festival also showcases the European origin of the traditions of the Latvian Song and Dance Festival. "The song festival not only has national value, but also demonstrates our belonging to European culture," said Melbārde.

The first Nordic-Baltic Choral Festival took place in Rīga in 1995, bringing together more than 6,000 singers from the Baltic States and Scandinavia. This year the festival celebrates its 20th anniversary.

The VIII Nordic-Baltic Choral Festival brings together singers from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. For more information visit the newly developed app in Facebook Nordic-Baltic Choral Festival.

Latvian Institute, 25.06.2015, Celebration, Culture, Society, Events in Riga