The largest, most popular and world-known traditional culture festival in the Baltic States offers insight into the brightest Latvian and foreign folk traditions, emphasizing the significance of traditional culture within the current cultural context.
The International Folklore Festival "Baltica" is an important event for the Baltic people that demonstrates traditional Baltic cultural values - song, instrumental music, tales, singing games, and dances, as well as folk and applied art, craftmanship, and other traditional forms of expression.
The festival aims to preserve, develop and popularize the traditional culture of Latvians, Livs, Latgallians and other nations, as well as the skills of intangible cultural heritage.
It also seeks to uphold national moral values, promote spirituality, self-respect, unity across generations, and family traditions.
The festival will bring together foreign ensembles from various continents and regions, folklore and ethnographic ensembles from Latvia, as well as applied arts studios, storytellers, craftsmen and individual artists.
The first "Baltica" festival took place in 1988, kicking off the Latvian independence movement. This year will be th 11th time the festival takes place. The theme for this year is: The Solstice. Blossoming.
Created and done by: Latvian National Centre for Culture / Latvian municipal governments