Australia’s Latvians in Adelaide prepare for the 57th Festival of Arts!
There are fewer than one hundred days until the 57th Latvian Arts Festival to be held in Adelaide, December 2018. The organizing committee invites Latvians through out the world, those of Latvian descent and anyone interested in Latvian culture, to be a part of this culturally rich event. The program incorporates many interesting productions, suitable for all ages and interests. The Festival launches straight after Christmas on December 26, with a church service at St Peters Latvian Church in Wayville. In the afternoon, the Opening Concert will feature a marvelous choral piece by the Melbourne men’s choir Veseris, as well as other musical numbers and the official launch. To finish the day an evening of traditional Latvian group dances has been organised, allowing everyone to get into the spirit of the festival.
In recognition of the significance of 2018 to the Latvian community, the Sydney Latvian Theatre troupe will perform 100 years in 100 minutes, on December 27. Following this is an evening of star-studded delights by our talented musicians.
On the 28th, Ivars Cinkuss will conduct world-renowned Riga Technical University male choir Gaudemus. This well travelled and exceptional choir will perform well-loved traditional folk-songs as well as more contemporary works. In the evening in the Scott Theatre of Adelaide University, festival participants will be able to attend the always popular combined folk dancing performance. The dancers come from all over Australia and will be joined by a troupe from Latvia. This year we will share the story of a young girl’s love of dance.
The following day, December 29, the dancers from Latvia will perform their own show, “The Way of the Sun”. The folk dancing ensemble Rotaļa, is also a highly regarded group and with their first visit to Australia, will impress with their precision and style. The day will finish with another performance of the highest quality as pop-rock group Brainstorm performs for the first time in Australia. This group is considered to be Latvia’s best; there wouldn’t be a Latvian household that doesn’t have at least one CD in their collection. The KD Committee is overjoyed that Brainstorm’s first Australian concert will be held here in Adelaide.
The festival program culminates with the Massed Choir Concert on December 30, held at Elder Hall. Conducted by Aldis Sils, long-time conductor of the Adelaide Philharmonia Choir, the choir brings together many singers from across Australia. The repertoire will delight as it features highlights from 100 years of choral music paying homage to Latvia’s musical wealth. It is bound to be an emotionally moving performance as the Latvian love of song will be on full display.
The final big event will be the New Years Eve Ball. Held at the very elegant and majestic Adelaide Town Hall in the centre of town it will be another opportunity to ensure that the KDs aim to bring together as many Latvians as possible to celebrate their culture has been achieved. Dinner will be delicious, paired with South Australia’s best wines. Everyone is invited to enjoy the evening in reflection, as well as looking to the future.
The program also includes many other events: evenings of light entertainment, a morning for families, an art exhibition and other events or meetings. The program of events will be updated regularly at http://alkd.org.au. This website also provides information about times, places and how to order tickets.
Rudis Dancis, 57th Australian Latvian Arts Festival Director