Latvian Song and Dance Celebration highlight: The closing concert

The XXVI Latvian Song and XVI Dance Celebration came to a spectacular and emotional close July 8 with the closing concert, "On the starry path" at the Mežaparks concert grounds in Rīga.

A 16,000-strong choir led by Latvia's most renowned choral conductors kept an audience of more than 40,000 enraptued for five hours while hundreds of thousands more watched on television across Latvia and beyond.

You can also be part of the experience thanks to the video above, which captures the evening in full and will remain online for posterity.

Many thanks to all the Song and Dance Celebration performers, organizers and helpers for a truly memorable week. The feelings generated by the unique events of the last few days are best summed up by Paula Pērkone of the dance group "Daiļraide" who told LTV that at some point the group's leader, gathering all the dancers, said "this was a week in an ideal Latvia".

Similar sentiments were expressed by Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis who tweeted "we can and always will be proud of our song festival in the whole world!"

 

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