On Wednesday, a meeting of the Song and Dance Festival Council was held, where several issues were discussed, including the remuneration of the leaders of artistic groups whose founders are not the municipality in the city of Riga.
It is planned that the budget of the festival will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Song and Dance Festival Council. Daina Markova, Executive Director of the festival, explains that taking into account the changes in taxes related to the payment of copyright from 2023, as well as the increase in raw materials, food prices, fuel, electricity and accommodation costs, it is expected that additional funding will be needed to realize the planned holiday. program.
It is planned that the increase in ticket prices for holiday events will be up to 30%, and the organizers plan to increase other own revenues by 30%.
The preparation process for the upcoming XXVII General Latvian Song and XVII Dance Festival was also discussed. LNKC director Signe Pujāte reported on the inter-Christmas events. The meeting was chaired by the Chairman of the Council, Minister of Culture Nauris Puntulis (NA).
Ertmane points out that the XXVII General Latvian Song and XVII Dance Festival will take place next year from June 30 to July 9 in Riga, the main highlight of which will be the 150th anniversary of the Song Festival tradition.
It is planned that up to 40,000 participants will take part in them, and the number of visitors will exceed half a million. More than 60 events and concerts will take place during the festival. The events will be shown in many places in Riga – Mežaparks stage, Daugava stadium, “Arena Riga”, Ķīpsala hall, Latvian Society House, Viestura and Vērmane gardens, Riga Russian Theater, University of Latvia, Riga Dome Cathedral, Hanseatic platform and Riga churches.
Puntulis notes that the active preparation time for the festival is in full swing – already this summer, anyone interested can get acquainted with the repertoire of three major industries throughout Latvia, performing concerts of choirs and wind orchestras, as well as a concert of the folk dance industry in Alūksne.
“On behalf of the Council, I would like to express my gratitude to all members of the movement who have been faithful to the tradition, both during the pandemic and to the opening concert cycle. costs, “said the minister.
Taking into account the experience with ticket sales in 2018, the organizers of the festival have analyzed two models – a lottery for the right to buy tickets to the two most requested events – the closing concert in Mežaparks and a major dance concert at the Daugava Stadium – and the traditional ticket sales method.