More than 2000 choristers and dancers from Latvia and the rest of the world gathered at the XV Latvian Song and Dance Festival in Canada, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reported LSM's Latvian Service on July 5.

The Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs and the Foreign Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland both took part in the opening of the event in Toronto on July 4.

The slogan of the XV Latvian Song and Dance Festival dedicated to the centenary of Latvia is “One Song, one Dance... One Nation!” The festival will run until July 7, with concerts planned at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church, Koerner Hall and Mattamy Athletic Centre.

The culmination of the song festival will be a Mass Choir concert, which will happen on July 6 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Participants of the 2x2 Latvian Youth Choir Project will also be part of the Mass Choir. The concert will feature both the favorite choir classics and new work by young Latvian composers from Canada, the US, Australia, and Latvia.

Meanwhile the culmination of the dance festival will be the Folk Dance Spectacle on July 7. Dances will be accompanied by the folk musical band “Raxtu Raxti”. The program will incorporate dances such as “Ačkups”, “Sešdancis”, “Sēju Vēju”, “Audēju Deja”, “Kurzemnieku Pērkoņdancis” and others, as well as “Salti vēji pūta”, a dance number created specifically for the festival by the choreographer Jānis Purviņš.

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