31 Rīga venues will host this year's Song and Dance Festival events

The Cabinet of Ministers on March 7 approved the venues for the XXVII Nationwide Song and XVII Dance Festival, which will be held from June 30 until July 9 in 31 different venues in Rīga, the LETA newswire reported, citing the Latvian National Culture Center representative Linda Ertmane.

She said that the main events for choirs and dance groups will be held in traditional venues - Mežaparks Grand Stage and Daugava Stadium, but there will also be events held in Rīga parks - Esplanade, Vermanes Park and Viesturdarzs. For the first time events are planned also at Hanzas Perons, Rīga Circus, Sporta 2 Quarter and Wondersala in Andrejosta.

There are also concerts planned in Rīga churches.

The XXVII Nationwide Song and XVII Dance Festival, which marks the 150th year of the Song Festival tradition, will take place in Riga from the 30th June to the 9th July, 2023. The Festival week is the culmination for which the organisers — the Latvian National Centre for Culture — and amateur groups have been preparing since the end of the previous XXVI Nationwide Song and XVI Dance Festival.

During the week of the Festival, 40,000 participants from 43 Latvian administrative regions, as well as other countries where Latvians maintain and develop the Song and Dance Festival tradition, will come to Riga. Over ten days, they will take part in more than 60 events: choir, dance, wind band, kokle, folk music, vocal ensemble, folklore and other concerts; a Latvian folk costume exhibition; a folk craft art exhibition; and amateur theatre productions. Half a million visitors will be able to see the events in person (in free and ticketed events).

More details: https://www.dziesmusvetki.lv/en/about-the-celebration/the-song-and-dance-celebration/

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