Nordic - Baltic Choral Festival opened in Riga

With the Nordic - Baltic Choral Festival having started in Riga, it has become the capital of choirs once again. Less known domestically than the Song and Dance Festival or the Youth Song and Dance Festival that starts in two weeks, this festival travels throughout its eight host countries and has finally, after twenty years, returned to Latvia.

The festival takes place from June 25 to June 28 in Riga and regions in Latvia and features hundreds of choirs with a total of some 8,000 singers, dancers and brass bands from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden.

It was established in 1995 with the initiative of Imants Kokars, a renowned conductor. As is fit for an international festival, the songs are sung in all the languages of the participant countries.

Today at 15:00 a parade of participants will commence from Old Riga to the Libery Monument, and tomorrow there'll be concerts in the regions of Latvia.

The closing concert will be held on June 28 at the open-air stage at Mežaparks, coinciding with the end of Latvia's EU presidency.

Tickets for the concert are still available. You can find out more about this fine festival here.

The opening concert was held yesterday evening at Vērmanes park in honor of the founder Imants Kokars.

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