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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s Song and Dance Celebration could end up being reformed by introducing annual events or having the celebration last for a whole month. Such proposals were voiced during the “Song and Dance Celebration for Latvia’s 100th anniversary” conference this Wednesday.

Director of the last Song and Dance Celebration in Latvia Uģis Brikmanis offered to introduce annual Song celebration events that would lead up to the big event in 2018. In his view, it would be the perfect way to attract young people for participation in Song and Dance Celebration concerts.

Brikmanis believes there is no need to divide participants based on their age. “The harmony of all generation is what matters the most,” – he said.

Multiple other participants of the discussion opposed his views. Lead conductor of festivities Mārtiņš Klišāns doubted the necessity to change the celebration’s long-standing traditions.

Culture Minister candidate Dace Melnbarde emphasized the importance of preparations. She opposed the idea of introducing annual Song and Dance Celebrations. She believes it is possible to organise small events in-between Song and Dance Celebrations.

Other ideas regarding the reformation of this all-Latvian celebration were mentioned during the conference. Gints Ceplenieks, for example, mentioned an idea that involved something called the Song Celebration Month. This idea involved having concerts and rehearsals on weekends. According to him, this would relieve working people of additional workload and allow them to enjoy the festivities.

During discussions it was concluded that there needs to be a balance between traditional songs and songs produced by young authors.

Melnbarde promised participants of the discussion that she would consider all recommendations: “It is vital to find balance between high-quality cultural product and events for our residents,” – she said.

“There are two possible development scenarios. The first is a well-packaged business project that has state authorities act as lead producers. The other – celebration as an important human capital creation mechanism,” – Melnbarde added. She also said it would be ideal to combine these two options.

Melnbarde encouraged participants of the discussion to get more actively involved in the organisation process of Song and Dance Celebration. “This would allow us to be prepared for any negative comments. Activity in other matters is fractured,” – she said.

Next Song and Dance Celebration is scheduled for 2018.

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