Join us online on March 29 at 5pm to learn more on collective singing as part of UNESCO’s intangible heritage!

At first, Silja Fischer (International Music Council) will introduce us to the UNESCO definition and perspective on intangible cultural heritage and present some examples from the world of collective singing.

In the second part, Jānis Ozols (International Baltic Sea Choir Competition) will talk about the Song Celebrations of the three Baltic States. Did you know that the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian Singing celebrations have been declared UNESCO Intangible Heritage?

To conclude, Ieva Krivickaite (Lithuanian National Culture Centre) will introduce the Lithuanian Song Celebration, which will be marking its 100th anniversary in 2024. We will take a look at what constitutes the Celebration, learn about the relationship between the Celebration and Lithuania’s Independence, and find out what is planned for 2024.


🗣Jānis Ozols is the Artistic Director of the International Baltic Sea Choir Competition and a renowned Latvian conductor former member of vocal group Cosmos. Serving as the conductor and artistic director of the Latvian Music Academy Mixed Choir and mixed choirs Maska and Pa Sauleihe, he plays an active role in academic music in Latvia and abroad. He is oftentimes a jury member at international choir competitions.

🗣Silja Fischer studied in Berlin, Moscow and Hamburg. She joined the General Secretariat of the International Music Council (IMC) in 1993 and has served since 2009 as Secretary General. In this capacity, she is notably in charge of IMC’s advocacy action, membership and programme strategies as well as partnerships. Since IMC is an NGO official partner of UNESCO, Silja ensures also the liaison with the UNESCO Secretariat as well as with diplomatic representations of Member States.

🗣Ieva Krivickaite is the Head of Regional Culture Department at the Lithuanian National Culture Centre, where she leads the communications team working with the Lithuanian Song Celebration – a UNESCO-acclaimed amateur art activity with a focus on choral singing and 35 thousand contributing participants. She also manages different international, national and regional cultural projects. Ieva is also the Deputy Director at “Ugnele” Music School, which is a private choral education institution, and director of “I Want to Sing”, a non-profit organisation promoting adult amateur choir singing.

The webinar is open to everyone and participation is free -> REGISTER HERE

This activity takes place in the frame of IGNITE, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.