The Australian Latvian Arts Festival is a major celebration of Latvian culture in Australia and New Zealand. The first Festival was held in Sydney in 1951 with an organising committee led by Felikss Baumanis. Since its inception, the Festival has been held in rotation in many cities including Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Launceston and Christchurch, New Zealand. The most recent Festival was held in Melbourne in 2016. The Festival is currently held biannually rotating between Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
In 2018, the 57th Australian Latvian Arts Festival “From Riga To Adelaide” is to be held in Adelaide. The Republic of Latvia celebrates its 100th year of the declaration of independence, thus making this year’s Festival one of the most significant ever held in Australia. The organising committee has the privilege of planning and ensuring a world class lineup of events that will showcase the many facets of Latvian culture. The Festival’s organising committee is chaired by Rudis Dancis, who is a 3rd generation Australian Latvian.
57th Australian Latvian Arts Festival organising committee. Front, from the left: Lilita Daenke, Zinta Ozolins, Rudis Dancis, Brita Lidums, Inara Kalnins. Back, from left: Maris Ozols, Janis Priedkalns, Zinta Lidums, Daila Smits, Karl Daenke, Ginta Orchard, Imants Didrichsons, Rasma Celinskis, Matiss Reinhards. Absent: Aldis Sils, Eriks Strauts and Inta Thomas.
|Committee Chairperson||Rudis Dancis|
|Deputy Chairperson||Zinta Lidums|
|Ticket Sales||Rasma Celinskis|
|Programme Guide||Karl Daenke|
|Art Exhibition||Inta Thomas|
|Church Service||Janis Priedkalns|
|Official Opening & Concert||Lilita Daenke|
|Combined Folk Dancing Performance||Daila Smits|
|Combined Choirs Concert||Aldis Sils|
|Theatre Production||Eriks Strauts|
|Social Evenings||Ginta Orchard|
|Social Evenings||Matiss Reinhards|
|New Year’s Eve/Closing Ball||Inara Kalnins|
|Australian Latvian Sports Championships||Imants Didrichsons|
|L.A.A.J. Informative Session||TBC|