Latvian Song and Dance Festival preview: June 30

From June 30 to July 10, the XXVII Nationwide Latvian Song and XVII Dance Festival will fill the capital Rīga with celebrations, music and dance.

As the week progresses, we will guide you through each day's festivities. Tickets are still available to many of them and some events are free, so everyone has the opportunity to experience part of the magic. Tickets are available for purchase on's Song and Dance Festival section.

In addition, you can watch performances live on LSM and find out more about the Song and Dance Festival's 150th anniversary at the official website.

Friday, June 30

The first festival days only offer a few events each; starting Monday, July 3, the program is much more extensive.

Song and Dance Festival Flag Ceremony

Time: 14:00 – 14:30 

Location: Rīga Latvian Society House (Merķeļa Street 13)

In the first Song Festival in 1873, the Baltic Teachers’ Seminary Choir stood next to the Līgo flag and performed Kārlis Baumanis’ Dievs, svētī Latviju! (God Bless Latvia!), which is now the Latvian national anthem, for the first time. The flag ceremony is now a symbolic opening event for each Song and Dance Festival. Attendance is free and the event will be livestreamed on Latvian Television and on LSM.

Tribute to the Festival's Chief Conductors and Dance Leaders

Time: 17:00 – 17:45

Location: Song Festival Park (Viesturdārzs; Eksporta Street 6)

The Chief Conductors and Honorary Chief Conductors, the Chief Dance Leaders and Honorary Chief Dance Leaders will be honored in a ritual ceremony. Attendance is free and the event will be livestreamed on Latvian Television and on LSM.

Sacred Music Concert

Time: 19:00 – 20:30

Location: Rīga Cathedral (Herdera Square 6)

The Sacred Music Concert will feature the work of Latvian classical music composers: Emīls Dārziņš, Jāzeps Mediņš, Jēkabs Graubiņš, Uģis Prauliņš, Pēteris Vasks, Gundega Šmite, Rihards Dubra, Ēriks Ešenvalds and Jēkabs Jančevskis. 

The full program of events is available on

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