On April 12, 2016, the government confirmed the dates for the 26th National Song and 16th Dance Festival, the Latvian National Culture Center told the press.
The nationally significant event, which takes place once every five years, will take place from June 30 to July 8, 2018.
The Latvian nationwide Song and Dance Celebration is an incredible phenomenon, recognized as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. With the tradition dating back to 1873, it is a grass-roots movement that literally pervades all of Latvian society, engaging huge numbers of people from all walks of life. Behind the scenes there are four years of a thorough preparation process, a general tradition of singing and dancing, a respect and interest in the roots of Latvian culture.