On August 16, the ceremony of presenting the First Baltic Awards will take place. As part of the event, a festive concert will be held with the participation of Latvian and foreign stars: the brilliant performer from Great Britain Lance Ellington, the virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Marius Preda with his sons (Preda & Sons) (Netherlands), the audience’s favorite popular Latvian group DAGAMBA, the brilliant pianist Andrei Osokin, the expressive vocalist from Estonia, soprano Elina Nechaeva, soloists at the Latvian National Opera, tenor Artjom Safronov, as well as the chairman of the Baltic Awards committee, opera diva Inessa Galante. In addition, young talents, winners of the “Talents of Inessa Galante” competition, will take part in the concert and other musical surprises are expected.

“Baltic Awards” is a new project of the “Inessa Galante Foundation” in cooperation with public and educational institutions, professional associations and diplomatic missions of the three Baltic countries – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The award will be presented to outstanding figures of the Baltic countries for their contribution to the development of art, science and architecture, highlighting the importance of the region in the European context.

The winners are determined by the Award’s expert committee, which already includes: ex-President of Latvia, politician, public figure Vaira Vike-Freiberga, ex-President of Latvia, politician Valdis Zatlers, ex-President of Estonia, politician Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Latvian Academy of Sciences Ivar Kalvins, President of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences Juras Banys, world-famous Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, Latvian singer, author of music and lyrics, producer Janis Shipkevic, Secretary General of the expert committee, a leading partner of Rödl & Partner in the Baltics and Northern Europe Jens-Christian Pastille, and some other significant representatives of the public, cultural and business sectors of the Baltic countries. The chairman of the committee and founder of the foundation is opera diva Inessa Galante.

The award will become a bright, large-scale and significant international event, which will be held annually in Riga and Jurmala, in the Dzintari concert hall for several days. The first Baltic Awards events will take place this summer, from August 15 to 17.

Approximate concert duration: 2 x 60 minutes with intermission

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