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 XXVI Latvian Song and XVI Dance Celebration in Latvia's Centenary year goes on from June 30 to July 8. But where did this tradition rise from? How is it unique? And what are the main ingredients? All you need to know about the Latvian Song and Dance Celebration, is explained in the new brochure by Latvian Institute, available here.