See chapter 5.1 about institutions involved in out-of-school arts and cultural education.
A network of municipal cultural centres takes an active part in organising out-of-school activities (556 cultural centres in 2018, according to the data of Central Statistical Bureau). It is also a place where rehearsals and concerts often take place. The most significant out-of-school activities are choirs and folk-dance groups, as these are included in the Latvian Youth School and Dance Celebration that takes place every fifth year in Riga. The best choirs, dance groups, folk ensembles etc. are selected to take part in this event. In 2015, 38 000 children took part in the celebration.
There is an established cultural and artistic offer for children and youth: theatres, museums and concert organisations offer special programs, there is a variety of reading promotion activities, the joint project of the National Film Centre and the National Centre for Education “Film School” helps to include Latvian films in the education process and the Cultural Canon calls to explore the cultural and art events, personalities and their achievements. The programme “Latvian School Bag” (see chapter 5.2) has helped to develop new projects for the youth in cultural institutions (with the support of the State Culture Capital Foundation).
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