Bert Mulder reviews the Latvian Song and Dance Festival:
The 2013 Latvian song and dance festival wasn't remarkable because its final concert lasted from 7 PM to 1.15am (!), but because after that singers and audience sang together until four in the morning. It wasn't remarkable because of the size of the audience with 20,000 people seating and 20,000 standing, but because of the 15,000 singers on stage that were singing. It wasn't because of the 15,000 singers on stage, but because they were the very best performers selected from the 10% of the Latvian population tested and selected in contests. It wasn't because of the newer compositions, but because of the many century-old songs that the audience knew by heart.