Latvian Children Dance Festival in Ventspils

21.05.2024 - 10:49
This weekend, on May 25th, Ventspils will host approximately 1,700 children from 83 children's dance groups from Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Latgale, and Zemgale for the folk dance festival "Latvju bērni danci veda" (Latvian Children Lead the Dance).
Latvian Children Dance Festival in Ventspils
The festival's opening ceremony will take place at 4:00 PM at the "Latvija" Concert hall, after which a festive procession will begin towards the Basketball Hall of the Ventspils Olympic Center, where the main event of the festival, the grand concert "Iešūpo jūru" (Rock the Sea), will take place. Throughout the day, dancers will entertain Ventspils residents and visitors at the Big Square near the Concert hall "Latvija" and in Pārventa near Ventspils 3rd Primary School.

Ventspils will be represented by the children's and youth dance groups "Liedags" from the Ventspils Cultural Center and "Vilnītis" from the Ventspils Youth Creative House. 

The folk dance festival takes place every year between the Song and Dance Festivals in a different Latvian city, with several thousand children participating. The aim of the event is to involve children and young people in the song and dance festival process and to preserve the sustainability of traditions, promoting and popularizing the creative activities of Latvian school dance groups. 

Event Program:

  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Concerts at the open-air stage near the "Latvija" concert hall and the square near Ventspils 3rd Primary School.
  • 4:00 PM: Festival opening at the Big Square near the Concert hall "Latvija".
  • 4:15 PM: Festival procession (route: Big Square - Pāvila Street - Kuldīgas Street - Lielais Prospect - Ventspils Olympic Center Basketball Hall).
  • 5:00 PM: Festival grand concert "Iešūpo jūru" at the Ventspils Olympic Center Basketball Hall.
Entrance to the event is free.