Daugavpils hosts song and dance extravaganza

The 17th Baltic Student Song and Dance Festival got underway in Latvia's second-largest city, Daugavpils on the evening of June 27 with a spectacular torchlit procession of the 4,000 participants.

 

Under the banner “Gaudeamus”, nearly 1700 students from Latvia, more than 800 from Estonia and 1600 from Lithuania are gathering for the three-day event which celebrates the traditional folk music and dance of the three Baltic states.

Centring on the critically-acclaimed Mark Rothko Art Center which opened in Daugavpils last year, the festival also includes artworks and masterpieces of the textile crafts.

Events will culminate on Sunday with a closing concert celebrating 25 years since the events of the Baltic Way, when Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians joined hands in a human chain from Tallinn to Vilnius via Riga that galvanised the three countries' “Singing Revolution” and paved the way for the restoration of their independence on 1991.

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