Groups 2017


We are Latvian folk dance ensemble “Ačkups”, which is based in Riga – capital city of Latvia. The dance group was founded in 1951 and all these 65 years of existence have been fulfilled with dancing, trying to develop and keep alive Latvian folk dance traditions. Throughout the years “Ačkups” has stayed among the best Latvian folk dance groups.
The “Ačkups” was established as part of Riga Stradins University (RSU), which is one of the biggest universities in Latvia.
Every year “Ačkups” gives concerts all over the Latvia and take part in the biggest dance events. For example, every five years we participate in main Latvian cultural event – The Latvian Song and Dance festival, which is included on the UNESCO. Moreover, we always take a chance to perform abroad as well, because it is good opportunity to represent our unique cultural heritage and get to know other nations traditions. In recent years „Ačkups” has participated in festivals in Italy, Georgia, Canada, Germany and Belgium.
Although we strongly honour traditional values, for instance, we always perform in traditional Latvian national costumes. Therefore, from time to time we include in our repertoire foreign folk dances as well as dances from different styles.