The city of Daugavpils is holding its traditional end-of-summer “Musical August” festival every Thursday of August. This year, festival events take place in Andreja Pumpura Square, Daugavpils Culture Palace, Dubrovina Park and the concert hall of the Vienības House, Latvian Radio reported August 10.
The Latvian Song and Dance Festival always produces a few surprises, but it's doubtful this year's event will present anything more astonishing than the sight of a male voice choir throwing down the gaunlet to their rivals in choral competition by performing the famous 'haka' of New Zealand's Māori warriors.
As summer begins, the active concert season also begins for musicians, with town celebrations and festivals underways. Concerts remain Latvian musicians' main source of income, but in recent years they also derive additional income from music listeners that use streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, Tidal, and others, Latvian Radio reported May 22.
Signature collection is ongoing on the public initiative site manabalss.lv for the inclusion of a Ukrainian resistance movement song in the Latvian Song and Dance Celebration. The festival's organizers are not yet making any promises, Zemgale Television reported on April 25.
Ticketing company SIA "Biļešu serviss" (Ticket Service) says it will apply to the Procurement Supervision Office (UIB) to challenge the decision of the Latvian National Culture Center (LNKC) to hand the ticket sales contract for this year's Song and Dance Festival to rival SIA "Biļešu paradīze" (Ticket Paradise), reports LSM's Latvian language service.