9-12 August, 2019
Apply until 01.04.2019.
Share your country cultural heritage and explore Latvia one of the greenest and smallest countries in Europe, full of small nature miracles, rich culture and traditions and history like legend. Heart of Latvia Cēsis is ready to welcome you to show you Latvia’s diverse culture, nature, give you an unforgettable experience and opportunity to introduce Latvia with your culture, music, dance and traditions.
The main purpose of this festival is to bring diverse cultures closer through songs, dances, music and interesting national costumes. The main idea of the organizers is to bring to the festival different choirs, folklore and modern dance groups from different countries and various parts of the world and to give them the exclusive opportunity to display their artistry and creativity on the stage. The participants will have the opportunity to meet new people, establish new friendships and learn about different cultures and traditions. The idea of the festival is to develop communication and dialogue between diverse cultures, by nurturing tradition as well as modern dance styles, thus combining the traditional and the modern in a timeline that will take the spectators from history to modern times.
The concert will be organized in Cesis – in the hart of old city.
1. Arriving day – 09.08.2019. – Friday
Airport pick up (if necessary).
On first day you will start with exploring the capital city Riga. If you will arrive late you will have this great possibility in last day of festival (optional).
Riga - this ancient city is a place where different architectural styles of different time periods meet in one place. Travel through time and explore many faces of Riga.
We start by walking around the Old town of Riga – the historical center of economics, politics and rich culture. Old town is well-known for recreation and entertainment. Experience unique atmosphere of the old city while walking around cobbled streets with and diverse architecture in one of a kind heritage site. Tour features such significant buildings as Riga Castle, Riga Cathedral and House o Blackheads and many others. Riga’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Riga is also capital of Northern European’s Art Nouveau Capital, and much more…
In the evening arrival at the hostel/hotel.
Dinner - different Latvian traditional dishes will be served at every dinner, you will have possibility to try cold beet soup, stewed cabbage, gray peas with bacon and others.
2. Cesis day – 10.08.2019. – Saturday
Breakfast. Collective managers meeting.
Explore Cesis, - symbol of Latvian history, one of oldest cities in Latvia. Eight hundred years ago first the first stone city construction was put in place where later stood the mightiest medieval fortress in Livonia, but today – the most impressive and well-preserved castle ruins in Latvia. Castle ruins New Cesis Castle, together with the park, create the romantic atmosphere of the town. For more romantic you can go to visit majestic black swans in Maija park. Squares with flower beds, fountains, parks, small cafes, art workshops, narrow streets of the old town will make you to fell in love the city. A city tour and visit in an ancient jewel blacksmith (optional).
Excursion to the Cesis New Castle and the Medieval Castle (optional).
Culture afternoon – time to be together, to share culture and traditions, dances, songs. Although Latvia is small, we have rich culture and we are proud of it. Keeping cultural values and teaching others is a way how to show our love to our land, country, history and nation. During event you will have possibility to learn and explore diversity of our traditional culture, you will learn traditional dances, songs, participate in traditional rituals traditionally rituals in the light of the fire. To make this experience even more complete, you will taste Latvian beer and traditional Latvian food. During the event, we will look for common and different in our cultures, so we kindly invite you to teach some of your traditional dances and songs and present your country and learning Latvian ancient, rich cultural heritage – traditional dance evening with traditional music group, Latvian food degustation.
3. Countryside side day / Parade / Concert day – 11.08.2019. – Sunday
Excursions - reveals the true taste and nature miracles of Latvia. You can choose between two routes.
1. Excursion (optional)
Zvarte Rock - one of the most picturesque sandstone cliffs on the banks of the Amata River. Zvārtes Rock is famous for the many mythical stories associated with it. There are a lot of legends about this cliff involving stories of how witches and devils could be found in the area, especially during the winter and summer solstices. The name of the rock is borrowed from the neighbouring ‘Zvarte’ house. A magnificent view opens up from river and the top of the rock. There is a convenient staircase to reach these viewpoints.
Bread house - a traditional Latvian farmhouse where you will learn Latvian traditions, you will hear a story about long road between grain and bread. Here you will try real taste of Latvia, taste of history, culture and pride - Latvian bread. And also you will cook bacon pies on your own.
Visit in brewery of Valmiera Manor (Valmiermuiža). Latvia definitely is destination for beer lovers. Beer is present in every moment and especially during Summer Solstice celebration. In Valmiera Manor brewery you will taste beer which is considered as one of the best in Latvia.
2. Excursion (optional)
Taste unique prepared infusions made only from spring, summer and autumn berries gathered in Latvia.
“Health Laboratory” is a Latvian festive tradition, folk medicine and knowledge inherited, combined and perfected over 30 years of practice enabling to offer not only the highest quality products, but also to ensure a nuanced and perfected flavor.
“Donas” an old bakery, where you can see the bread baking process, same one how the bread was baked hundreds of years ago - from kneading the dough till warm, aromatic bread loaf. In end of excursion you will try magic Latvian taste fresh black rye bread with local honey and country milk.
Sietiņiezis rock formed over millions of years of natural processes amazing, unseen forms of nature. The Sietiņiezis Rock is the largest white sandstone detrition in Latvia. - 15 m high, 400 m wide. Here you can feel peace and majesty of nature.
In afternoon return.
Preparation for the event. Dinner.
Festival parade in center of Cesis – participate all groups, showing their traditional costumes and national flags.
Concert in the heart of old city. Awarding the festival participants.
4. Day - Riga day – 12.08.2019. – Monday
Free time in Riga.
Getting to the airport.
Groups, who arrive late in first day, will have excursions in Riga (optional).
OPTIONAL – If you stay more days:
5.Day – Baltic sea day – 13.08.2019. – Thursday
to the Baltic sea.
Latvia has one of the longest seashores in Europe, here in Riga Gulf you
will meet the calmer waters, white sands, the stone beaches of Vidzeme,
rocky outcrops and peace of nature. And maybe you will have luck to find
Baltic sea amber.
In afternoon return. Dinner.
6.Day – Sigulda day – 14.08.2019. – Wednesday
Excursion to the Sigulda. Sigulda one of most beautiful and visited cities, will welcome you with surrounded by forests, beautiful valleys, amazing views, impressive nature objects, caves, cliffs, river Gauja, three medieval castles, one of most popular museums in Latvia – Turaida Museum Reserve, world-famous vertical wind tunnel “AERODIUM”, Amber workshop and other interesting activities.
In afternoon return. Dinner.
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