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Will funding volumes remain the same for culture after Latvia’s centenary?

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia should continue investments in Song and Dance Celebration infrastructure, said Culture Minister Dace Melbārde in an interview to LNT.

She said last week’s celebration taught Latvia two lessons. First of all, it was the first celebration planned in advance that provided a positive result. Secondly, the minister believes there was a positive return of previous investments on the quality of festivities. She says it is important to continue working in this direction.

Speaking of possible improvements for ticket sales, the politician said half the tickets should be divided among participants for further distribution. She hopes resolving this matter through a celebration assessment conference, when it is planned to discuss matters with IT specialists.

The conflict with this year’s ticket distributor Biļešu paradise regarding commission fee application continues. Biļešu paradise believes the company had the right to charge commission fee. Culture Ministry has a different opinion on this matter. Because of that, the conflict will continue. The state plans to return to this matter after the «celebration cease-fire».

Melbārde believes this year’s Song and Dance Celebration was an example for patriotic education and social cohesion.

The minister says active work is being performed to make Latvia’s independence celebration week in November as memorable and beautiful.

When asked if funding for culture is at risk of declining after centenary celebrations, the minister said the money is still available. It has been invested, she said. However, she was evasive about funding for the future, saying that this will be a matter for the next government to tackle.


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