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Treat yourself and dive into the magic of Latvia's rich and abundant culture. It can be felt in the streets lined with spectacular and historical architecture, in the concert halls featuring world-famous artists and in the museums displaying captivating exhibitions. Culture is in the air we breathe. Well-kept traditions plus openness to artistic experimentation and a thriving alternative scene have made Latvia an alluring centre of culture that attracts visitors from all over the world. Explore the interactive 360-degree virtual tour to see it yourself!
Need-to-know facts about Latvian culture
Phenomenal singing traditions. Latvia is the land that sings. The country is proud of its internationally renowned choral singing traditions that help to form the largest choir in the world. The National Song and Dance festival takes place every five years, bringing together more than 40 000 participants.
Latvians have also proved their singing talent on the professional stage. For some it remains a mystery how such a relatively small country can have so many world-class musicians. Elīna Garanča, Aleksandrs Antoņenko and Kristīne Opolais are just some of our world-famous opera singers with voices that thrill.
Art Nouveau. Architecture lovers are sure to enjoy Riga which is proud to be called the Art Nouveau metropolis of Europe. Approximately 40% of the buildings in the central district of Riga are in the Art Nouveau style – significantly more than in any other city in the world.
Black bread. Latvians love bread and it occupies an important place in our eating culture. Proper Latvians always have a slice of black bread with their soup, but bread also features on the desserts menu. One of the most famous (and also delicious!) Latvian desserts is bread soup served with whipped cream.