How can a listener sit for six
hours straight? Simple. Watch this.
OK, and there were plenty of
chances to duck out (or in my case push overwhelmed toddler in stroller out)
and wander the arena enjoying the atmosphere, grabbing a bite to eat, or just
setting out a blanket in the pines and watching/listening from afar.
431 choirs, 39 marching bands,
31 dance troupes, 17,908 participants! (and an audience that numbered 40,000!)
The culmination of a week full
of singing, this finale refilled my cup, re-centered my soul, re-invigorated my
Our amazing dziesmu svētku luck continued with
amazing seats just eight rows behind the conductors and mvps, something which
sadly was lost on the 3 and 1 year old but brought me tremendous joy, as the
singers wrapped around on both ends and enveloped us in their harmony.
A new tradition which began the
previous festival, after the official portion the singing continued until dawn.
Singing old favorites, traditional folk songs and new numbers, the audience
could join in the singing. A large part of the choir stayed, words broadcast on
the large screens for those who left their songbooks at home.
We had company on our ride to Mezparks
With two sleeping babies but a
heart full of national pride we stayed until 4am, soaking it all in. If only
the boys had gotten the memo about sleeping in…