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The translation of this document is outdated.
Translation validity: 01.09.2011.–28.03.2013.
Amendments not included: 28.02.2013., 13.06.2013., 21.12.2017.
Text consolidated by Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre) with amending laws of:

6 April 2006 [shall come into force from 3 May 2006];
16 June 2009 [shall come into force from 1 July 2009];
14 July 2011 [shall come into force from 1 September 2011].

If a whole or part of a section has been amended, the date of the amending law appears in square brackets at the end of the section. If a whole section, paragraph or clause has been deleted, the date of the deletion appears in square brackets beside the deleted section, paragraph or clause.

The Saeima1 has adopted and
the President has proclaimed the following Law:

Song and Dance Celebration Law

Section 1. Purpose of this Law

The purpose of this Law is to preserve, develop and pass on to future generations the tradition of the Song and Dance Celebration.

Section 2. Task of the Law

The task of this Law is:

1) to ensure the cyclical and continuous process of the Song and Dance Celebration;

2) to ensure the preparation process of the Song and Dance Celebration; and

3) to determine the financial and organisational responsibility of the State and local governments.

Section 3. The Song and Dance Celebration as a National Value

(1) The Song and Dance Celebration is a unique tradition of Latvian culture and an integral part of Latvian national identity. The Song and Dance Celebration has traditionally consisted of the Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration and the Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration (hereinafter also - Song and Dance Celebration).

(2) On 7 November 2003, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation proclaimed the tradition and symbolism of the Song and Dance Celebration in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.

Section 4. Plan for the Safeguarding and Development of the Song and Dance Celebration Tradition

The Plan for the Safeguarding and Development of the Song and Dance Celebration Tradition shall ensure a cyclic occurrence of the Song and Dance Celebration and a timely preparation process thereof.

[14 July 2011]

Section 5. Periodicity of the Song and Dance Celebration

(1) The Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration shall take place once every five years.

(2) The Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration shall take place once every five years in the time period between the Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebrations.

(3) The following activities shall take place in the time period between the Song and Dance Celebrations:

1) the activity of amateur collectives;

2) the preparation and acquisition of the repertoire;

3) shows, competitions and exhibitions;

4) further education and professional in-service training of conductors and group leaders;

5) Celebrations organised in administrative territories;

6) creative events and initiatives; and

7) other events and processes for the safeguarding and development of the Song and Dance Celebration Tradition.

[14 July 2011]

Section 6. Participants and Venue of the Song and Dance Celebration

(1) Choirs, folk dance, folkloric and folk music groups (collectives), brass bands and symphonic orchestras, folk applied art and craft studios, amateur theatres and others shall prepare for the Song and Dance Celebration and may participate therein.

(2) The composition of participants of the Song and Dance Celebration shall be determined on the basis of the results of competitions and review competitions in accordance with the by-laws thereof.

(3) The State shall ensure the venues for the joint rehearsals and concerts during the Song and Dance Celebration. The joint rehearsals and concerts of the Song and Dance Celebration shall take place in Rīga, the Mežaparks Open-Air Stage, in the territory thereof and in other places suitable for such events.

(4) In the time period between the Song and Dance Celebrations the venues for the joint rehearsals and concerts shall be ensured by local governments in co-operation with State institutions and non-governmental organisations.

[14 July 2011]

Section 7. Competence of State Institutions in the Preparation and Organisation of the Song and Dance Celebration

(1) The Cabinet shall:

1) determine the time and place of occurrence of the current Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration;

2) determine the time and place of occurrence of the current Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration;

3) establish the Council of the Song and Dance Celebration and approve the by-law thereof;

4) approve the planning documents for the Safeguarding and Development of the Song and Dance Celebration Tradition, including the Plan for the Safeguarding and Development of the Song and Dance Celebration Tradition;

5) in preparing a draft law of the annual State budget, provide therein for the financing of the Song and Dance Celebration and provision of the preparation process thereof;

6) determine the procedures, by which representatives of sectors, non-governmental organisations and culture centres shall be selected for approval in the Council of the Song and Dance Celebration, as well as the criteria for selection;

7) determine the procedures, by which State earmarked grant shall be divided for work remuneration of group leaders and payment of social tax, as well as the criteria for division; and

8) approve the composition of the Action Committee of the Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration and the Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration.

(2) The Ministry of Culture shall:

1) within the competence thereof, ensure the preparation process of the General Song and Dance Celebration and supervise the operations of the responsible institutions of the Ministry of Culture involved therein;

2) [14 July 2011];

3) develop the Plan for the Safeguarding and Development of the Song and Dance Celebration Tradition in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Science;

4) [14 July 2011];

5) ensure the activities of the chief conductors and chief group leaders necessary for the preparation process of the Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration; and

6) submit to the Cabinet a draft budget of the Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration and the preparation process thereof in accordance with the procedures specified in the regulatory enactments regulating the preparation of the State budget.

(3) The Ministry of Education and Science shall:

1) within the competence thereof, ensure the preparation process of the Latvian Youth Song and Dance Celebration and supervise the operations of the responsible institutions of the Ministry of Education and Science involved therein;

2) approve the Artistic Council of the Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration proposed by the Council of the Song and Dance Celebration and the by-law thereof, and ensure the operations of such Council;

3) participate in the development of the Plan for the Safeguarding and Development of the Song and Dance Celebration Tradition;

4) [14 July 2011];

5) ensure the activities of the chief conductors and chief group leaders necessary for the preparation process of the Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration; and

6) submit to the Cabinet a draft budget of the Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration and the preparation process thereof in accordance with the procedures specified in the regulatory enactments regulating the preparation of the State budget.

(4) The Ministry of the Interior shall ensure public order and security during the Song and Dance Celebration.

(5) The Ministry of Health shall ensure emergency medical assistance for Festival participants and the viewing public during the Song and Dance Celebration.

(6) The Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration shall be organised by the Centre of Arts Education and Intangible Heritage.

(7) The Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration shall be organised by the National Centre for Education.

(8) In the time period between the Song and Dance Celebrations the Centre of Arts Education and Intangible Heritage and the National Centre for Education shall provide methodological support in planning and implementation of events between Celebrations in co-operation with State and local government institutions and non-governmental organisations.

[14 July 2011]

Section 8. Council of the Song and Dance Celebration

(1) The Cabinet shall establish the Council of the Song and Dance Celebration for the supervision of the safeguarding and development of the Song and Dance Celebration Tradition.

(2) The composition of the Council of the Song and Dance Celebration and the chairperson of the Council shall be approved for five years.

(3) The composition of the Council of the Song and Dance Celebration shall include:

1) the Minister for Culture;

2) the Minister for Education and Science;

3) the Minister for Finance;

4) a deputy delegated by the Education, Culture and Science Committee of the Saeima who may also be the chairperson of the Council;

5) the chairperson of the Riga City Council;

6) the chairperson of the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments;

61) a representative of the Chancery of the President;

62) a representative of the Latvian National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation;

7) two representatives of the choral sector (a representative of adult choirs and a representative of schoolchildren's choirs);

8) two representatives of the folk dance sector (a representative of adult folk dance collectives and a representative of schoolchildren's folk dance collectives);

9) a representative of the brass band sector;

10) a representative of the folk applied art sector;

11) a representative of the folk music sector;

12) a representative of the traditional culture sector;

13) a representative of the professional music;

14) a representative of local government culture centres; and

15) a representative of non-governmental organisations.

(4) If necessary, other ministers and representatives of other institutions and organisations may also be included in the composition of the Council of the Song and Dance Celebration.

(5) The Centre of Arts Education and Intangible Heritage shall ensure the organisational and material and technical activities of the Council of the Song and Dance Celebration.

(6) The Council of the Song and Dance Celebration shall:

1) propose the development of planning documents for the safeguarding and development of the Song and Dance Celebration Tradition and provide opinions regarding drafts thereof;

2) [14 July 2011];

3) [14 July 2011];

4) provide an opinion to the Cabinet regarding the draft budget of the Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration and the Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration and the preparation process thereof;

5) supervise the preparation and process of the Song and Dance Celebration;

6) submit a report once a year to the Cabinet regarding the progress of the implementation of the Plan for the Safeguarding and Development of the Song and Dance Celebration Tradition;

7) recommend representatives for work in the Baltic Co-ordinating Committee on Safeguarding and Revitalisation of the Song and Dance Celebration Tradition and prepare proposals for the relevant co-operation plan of the Baltic States; and

8) suggest the examination of other matters related to the safeguarding and development of the Song and Dance Celebration tradition in the relevant institutions, as well as participate in the examination of such matters and provide opinions regarding such matters.

(7) The Council of the Song and Dance Celebration shall establish the Artistic Council of the Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration from the members referred to in Paragraph three, Clauses 7-15 of this Section, which shall examine and take decisions in relation to creative and artistic issues.

[6 April 2006; 14 July 2011]

Section 8.1 Action Committee

(1) The Action Committee shall be approved for the current Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration and the current Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration.

(2) The Action Committee shall include representatives from the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments, the Emergency Medical Care Service, the Riga City Council and other institutions, which are involved in the preparation and process of the Song and Dance Celebration.

(3) The Minister for Culture shall be the chairperson of the Action Committee of the Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration and the Minister for Education and Science - the Action Committee of the Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration.

(4) The Action Committee shall examine and take decisions on organisational issues related to the preparation and process of the Song and Dance Celebrations and shall ensure co-ordination of activities of the institutions involved in organising the Celebrations.

(5) In emergency cases the chairperson of the Action Committee is entitled to take decisions, without convening a meeting of the Action Committee.

(6) The Centre of Arts Education and Intangible Heritage shall organisationally and materially and technically ensure the work of the Action Committee of the Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration. The National Centre for Education shall organisationally and materially and technically ensure the work of the Action Committee of the Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration.

[14 July 2011]

Section 9. Financing of the Preparation and Organisation of the Song and Dance Celebration

(1) Financing from the State budget shall be ensured for:

1) the preparation and organisation of the Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration, as well as for the covering of lodging and catering expenses for Festival participants during the Festival; and

2) the preparation and organisation of the Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration, as well as for the covering of lodging and catering expenses for Festival participants during the Festival.

(2) The amount of funds of the annual State budget in between each Song and Dance Celebration may not be less than the amount of funds allocated in the previous year, and shall be utilised for:

1) the artistic preparation of the cultural and historical regional Song and Dance Celebrations;

2) the organisation of the events provided for in the Plan for the Safeguarding and Development of the Song and Dance Celebration Tradition;

3) the payment of the work remuneration and social tax of the chief conductors of choirs and brass bands, the chief group leaders of folk dance groups (collectives) and folk music ensembles;

4) the purchase of new creations;

5) the payment of royalties in accordance with the procedures specified in regulatory enactments;

6) the preparation and publication of the sheet music of the concert repertoire and folk dance descriptions;

7) joint rehearsals for the mastering of the repertoire;

8) the further education of conductors and group leaders; and

9) a State earmarked grant for the payment of the work remuneration and social tax of the group leaders of collectives.

(3) The founder of the relevant collective shall ensure the premises for rehearsals necessary for the activities of a choir, orchestra, folk music ensemble, folk dance or other collective, the technical equipment necessary for rehearsals, the purchase of costumes, sheet music and folk dance descriptions, the work remuneration of the group leader, conductor and principal accompanist of a collective, and the transport services in the time period between the Song and Dance Celebrations and during the Festival.

(4) Local governments shall nominate co-ordinators of Song and Dance Celebrations for co-ordination of the preparation process of Song and Dance Celebrations in local governments and for co-operation with State and local government institutions, as well as participate, as much as possible, in the preparation and the process of Song and Dance Celebrations.

[14 July 2011]

Transitional Provisions

1. After the coming into force of this Law, the next Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration shall take place in 2008.

2. After the coming into force of this Law, the next Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Celebration shall take place in 2010.

3. The Council of the Song and Dance Celebration shall be established not later than within a period of three months after the day of the coming into force of this Law, and the term of office thereof shall terminate on 1 September 2008.

4. Section 9, Paragraph two, Clause 9 of this Law shall not be applied from 1 September 2009 to 31 December 2012.

[16 June 2009]

5. Section 7, Paragraph one, Clause 7 of this Law shall come into force on 1 January 2013.

[14 July 2011]

This Law shall come into force on 1 July 2005.

This Law was adopted by the Saeima on 16 June 2005.

Acting for the President,
Chairperson of the Saeima I. Ūdre

Rīga, 28 June 2005

 


1 The Parliament of the Republic of Latvia

Translation © 2012 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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