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About us: The Organizing Committee

In 2018, Latvian Minnesotans celebrated Latvia’s Centennial with a year-long diverse event schedule. After the culminating Independence Day Banquet we felt energized! What next? We realized our potential for something even greater. The coveted event that Latvians wait for patiently every 5 years....?!  Yes!
And so it was – as 2018 was barely concluding, our energy was already focused on 2022: the first US Latvian Song and Dance Festival in Minnesota! We are preparing with great anticipation and excitement, so that everyone who attends the Festival - performers, artists, Latvian guests from around the world, as well as our fellow Minnesotans, can be unified in the celebration of Latvian culture!

Music and Dance Artistic Directors

We are excited to have Krisite Skare from Boston and Astrida Lizins from Philadelphia join us! Their artistic and organizational talents already having been showcased in previous Latvian Song and Dance Festivals, they are once again poised to create an unforgettable musical and dance experience for all Festival participants!

Subcommittees & helpers: 

Evening Programs & Parties:

Baiba Olinger

Jānis Barobs

Māra Pelēce
Kris Thayer
Katie Skujiņa
JP Skujiņš
Korijs McLeod
Eva Grotāne
Santa Kalnīte

Joe Bennek


Māra Pelēce

Linda Treija

Katie Skujiņa

Māra Linde

Māra Lewis

Gunda Luss


Anna Hobbs

Andris Valdmanis

Biruta Spruda

Jim Hobbs

Andris Sprūds

Sarma Straumane

Egons Duņēns

Brigita Celma

Ansis Vīksniņš

Social Media:

Jānis Barobs

Līga Kriķe

Laima Jātniece

Larisa Smith

Diāna Atvara


Aija Moeller

Aija Celma-Evans

Silvija Ozola

Renāte Grāvere

Marisa Zālmane

Māra Pelēce

Indra Halvorsone





Māra Pelēce

Laura Beldava

Diāna Atvara

Ingrīda Erdmane


Andra Roethler

Rita Pelēce

Larisa Smith

Uldis Krēslins

Andrejs Lazda


Graphic Design:

Kris Thayer

Diāna Atvara


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