Once every five years our small nation of 2 million people living by the Baltic Sea in Northern Europe becomes the largest choir in the world. The Latvian Song and Dance Celebration has been our bonding ritual since 1873; a way to celebrate our identity and dignity. UNESCO has recognised this phenomenon as a masterpiece of humanity (List of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, 2003). The Song and Dance Celebration is one of the grandest festivals in the Baltic region in terms of scope, authenticity and style. The entire city of Rīga, the capital of Latvia, becomes a buzzing stage for choir singers and folk dancers, folklore musicians, masters of folk crafts and amateur theatre troupes, young and old, dressed in folk costumes, living the tradition. In 2018, Latvia celebrated one hundred years since becoming an independent, democratic republic. The XXVI Latvian Song and XVI Dance Celebration was one of the central events of the centenary programme, from 30 June to 8 July 2018, and so far is the most magnificent in terms of the scope and richness of events in its history.