Grand Prix of Nations Rīga 2017 and the 3rd European Choir Games commence today at 8pm on 16th July, with the Opening Event for participants at the National Library of Latvia, once again transforming Rīga into the world’s choir music capital for a week.
After the outstanding success in organizing the World Choir Games in 2014, recognized as the most successful so far in the history of the event, Rīga gained the rights to hold the Grand Prix of Nations Rīga 2017 and the 3rd European Choir Games. This will provide the opportunity for Latvia to shine again on the world choir music map, strengthening the country’s international image, as well as showing our own unique cultural and choir singing traditions.
Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis, Rīga City Council Executive Director Juris Radzevičs and Günter Titsch, the President of the German INTERKULTUR Culture Organization will greet Games’ participants at the opening ceremony with speeches. After the formal addresses and the parade of member nations’ flags, choirs from the United Kingdom, China, Switzerland, Russia, South Africa and Denmark, each of which have arrived in Latvia with their folk song, will sing together with the choirs from Latvia. During the opening ceremony, the notes to these songs will be presented to the National Library of Latvia, symbolizing a cultural exchange and unifying people around the world. Participants at the ceremony will also be entertained by ethno-musician Kristīne Kārkle and composer Raimonds Tiguls. Uģis Brikmanis is the director of the Opening Event, with the artistic director being Romāns Vanags.