Photo exhibit examines song festival tradition

A photographic exhibit about the tradition of song and dance festivals in Latvia will see its first presentation abroad on April 15, but also will be viewable online, organizers of the 2008 Latvian Song and Dance Festival have announced.

The exhibit, titled “When Many Become One” and representing the work of 39 Latvian photographers, was presented in Rīga on March 17. Its first showing abroad will be in the European Parliament in Brussels, followed by the European Council in Brussels and then to UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

In addition, the exhibit is due to be show in the Latvian embassies in the Netherlands, Poland and possibly Finland, Aiva Rozenberga, the song festival’s press secretary, told Latvians Online in an e-mail. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she said, is evaluating whether other embassies will display the exhibit.

The images may be seen online on the Web site of the Latvian Institute.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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