The 25th General Latvian Song and 15th General Latvian Dance Festival
At a meeting with Culture Minister Sarmīte Ēlerte on July 18, 2011, President Bērziņš agreed to her request that he become patron of the 25th general Latvian Song and 15th general Latvian Dance festival. It will be held in the summer of 2013.
On May 14, 2012, Latvian President Andris Bērziņš attended the first meeting of the organising council for the Latvian Song and Dance Festival. Members of the councils for the Song Festival and the Dance Festival were selected, rulers for the artistic council of the festival were considered, there was a discussion about when and where to hold the 25th Latvian Song Festival and the 15th Latvian Dance Festival, and participants learned about the overall programme and concept of the festival.
The council of the Latvian Song and Dance Festival is a consultative institution aimed at facilitating the sustainability of the festival and its processes, as well as the transfer of the relevant traditions from generation to generation. Members of the council are approved for five-year terms, and the duties of the council are enshrined in a special law on the song and dance festivals.
On 13 March 2013, the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš met with the Minister of Culture Mrs. Žaneta Jaunzeme-Grende to discuss the issues related to preparations for the 25th Nationwide Latvian Song and the 15th Dance Celebration and to the planned events for celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Latvia in 2018.
The 25th Nationwide Latvian Song and the 15th Dance Celebration took place in the summer of 2013. The President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš met with the chief conductors and artistic directors before the Celebration on June 30. During the Celebration, the President of Latvia attended the opening event, the march, and the closing concert accompanied by the President of Germany Mr. Joachim Gauck and his partner Ms. Daniela Schadt.
In order to discuss the course of previous Song and Dance Celebration, the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš and the Director of Latvian National Cultural Centre Ms. Dace Melbārde met upon the initiative of the President on 9 September 2013.
In his turn, the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš met with the Minister of Culture Ms. Dace Melbārde on 20 February 2014 to discuss the progress made in preparations for the celebration of the centenary anniversary of proclamation of the Republic of Latvia (in 2018). The President of Latvia expressed his support and willingness to participate in the preparations for the Nationwide Latvian Song Celebration of the Centenary of Latvia.
On 24 February 2015, the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš met with the organizers of the 11th Nationwide Latvian Youth Song and Dance Celebration in order to discuss the progress of preparations and the programme for the Celebration in the upcoming summer. Having been informed on the achievements and planned program of the Celebration, the President of Latvia thanked the organizers of the Youth Song and Dance Celebration for the progress and wished success during the large-scale event itself as well.