Latvian Song and Dance Celebration highlight: Māra's land
Today's highlight from the program of this year's XXVI Song and XVI Dance festival was an easy pick: a spectacular evening of dance at Daugava stadium on Rīga that saw more than 18,000 dancers of all ages in an astonishing display of coordination, choreography and camaraderie under the title "Māras zeme" (Māra's land).
Latvian Song and Dance Celebration reaches its climax
Five years of hard work will reach a stunning climax Saturday and Sunday for thousands of singers and dancers, plus many thousands more spectators as the final events of the XXVI Latvian Song and XVI Dance Celebration draws to a close.
Latvia's folk costumes to the fore
One of the elements giving the Latvian Song and Dance Celebration its character is the universal use of folk costume and in this area, as in song and dance, prizes are awarded and outstanding achievements recognized.
XXVI Latvian Song and XVI Dance Celebration begins
The much-anticipated XXVI Latvian Song and XVI Dance Celebration is underway after a special ceremony in Rīga to honor the conductors and choir directors who will preside over a week of song and dance, with President Raimonds Vējonis in attendance.
Campaign wants best views of Latvia online
In order to promote tourism, the Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA) is launching a new social media effort called "Discover Latvia" ("Atklāj Latviju"), during which people are invited to share their pictures of the most beautiful and unusual places in the country.
Get turned on to the Lampa festival
A reminder that the always enjoyable and stimulating Lampa conversation festival takes place in Cēsis June 29 and 30 with several of the items on the program taking place in English.
Cunning Estonians infiltrate Latvian Song and Dance Festival
Clever Estonians from Haanja, near the towering (318 meters above sea) Munamägi peak not far from the Latvian border, have made their way into the Latvian Song and Dance Festival. They achieved this in a large-scale covert operation, infiltrating the Veclaicene folk dance collective through the local cultural center.
149 buddy bears to storm Latvia for charity
The so-called United Buddy Bears, exporting friendliness and optimism, will travel to Latvia where they will be on show at the Dome Square in Old Rīga starting July 12, reports LTV.
Introverted music festival starts off this week
The Ad Lucem (Latin for "towards the light") introverted music festival takes place this week, starting off with Kokle player Laima Jansone's performance on June 26 at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Rīga.
Culture to be funded from excise tax
Latvia's chief culture-funding institution, the State Culture Capital Foundation, will be funded from part of the taxes levied on tobacco, alcohol and gambling starting 2022, the government ruled June 12. 
Contemporary art museum design to be completed despite ABLV crash
Despite the implosion of ABLV Bank -- which spelled a funding freeze in the foundation that would have paid for the construction of Latvia's €30m Museum of Contemporary Art -- patrons will provide funding of more than €1m to finish the design up to the construction phase.