The largest and most impressive cultural festival in Latvia is the Nationwide Song and Dance Celebration, which usually takes place once every five years and lasts an entire week.
Among the highlights of this monumental event is a colourful procession of the celebration's participants. Dressed in folk costumes, some 30 000 performers file past thousands of more cheering onlookers through the streets of the city.
The culmination of the celebration is the closing, concert performance in Mežaparks. The electrifying atmosphere generated by thousands of singers and dancers on a single, open-air stage is a powerful, emotional experience that is not soon forgotten. The next Nationwide Song and Dance Celebration is scheduled to take place in 2013.
Keywords: festival, Riga, Latvia