PM Kariņš: e-song festival is not a festival

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The remote song festival in digital format is not a festival, and children should not be deprived of a festival, so if this year it cannot be held in person, it should be transferred to the next year, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told Latvian Television May 19.

E-festival is not the kind of festival that children would deserve, the Prime Minister said. What the government should do – it should be decided that this year, because of the pandemic, the festival cannot take place, but perhaps next year it could be done in person, “otherwise everyone will have to wait for them for several years, and it is not fair to our children”.

“I suspect there is a question of money,” the Prime Minister said, pointing out that in this case it would be right to pay full salaries to conductors, festival organizers, for the fact that they have tried to maintain this spirit of celebration. “Let's pay this money, but let's not take away the kids' festival,” the Prime Minister said.

He admitted that he understood that children were upset that they could not take part in the festival, “that e-festival is not a festival, everybody understands it”.

As reported earlier, a concept of a digital Latvian Youth School Song and Dance festival is being worked on, which has largely been supported by municipalities but criticized in the public.

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