The Road of Song concert, an event of the All-National Latvian Song and Dance Festival, took place in Riga on July 6, during which a choir of 16,000 singers performed the Ukrainian national anthem.
The festival, featuring Latvian choral classics as well as premieres of musical choral works by modern composers, is being held in Riga from June 30 to July 9, 2023.
The Lviv State Academic Male Choir “Dudaryk” was invited to take part in the festival, the only foreign choir so honored. Together with Latvian singers, the choir performed the Ukrainian national anthem.
“The festival attracts the attention of all Latvia and the world public for a whole week,” said the Ukrainian choir’s conductor, Dmytro Katsal.
“This year’s main expression message is a declaration of support for the Ukrainian people in the struggle for independence and for existence itself. In this way, Latvia speaks to the whole civilized world – Ukraine will win!”
The history of the festival goes back 150 years. It was first held in 1873, involving 1,000 singers, and turned into a powerful movement. About 40,000 participants, in 1,600 groups, participated in the 2023 event.
The festival is currently held once every five years. In 2003, the Song and Dance Festival was included by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO in the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
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