Riga – European Capital of Culture 2014

2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Riga is already a venue for cultural events on an international scale, but in 2014 it will become the cultural epicentre of Europe. During its year as European Capital of Culture, hundreds of special events will take place - culture in the very broadest sense. 365 days a year, with a new understanding of culture as a positive force of change in people's lives. This year, cultural personalities are already warming up for Riga as European Capital of Culture 2014 with a variety of interesting events.

Riga has given many pearls to the culture of Europe and the world – the most important arhitectual include the Old Riga, Art Noveau, and wooden architecture. An elusive value is the multicultural environment that has been characteristic from the very beginning, since people of many various nationalities have lived here together – the Latvians, Germans, Russians, Poles, Swedes, Finns and others. This variety through Johann Gottfried Herder and Immanuel Kant has played an important role in development of the German Enlightenment Philosophy, has been the cradle for the cinema genius Sergey Eisenstein, philosopher Isaiah Berlin and an asylum for the opera grand Richard Wagner, and for centuries has been a source of inspiration for a range of other famous European people.

During 2014 everyone will be able to become acquainted with works and contributions of these personalities, as well as evaluate the marks on the modern Latvian music, fine arts, cinema and pop culture, as museums and other depositories will prepare special exhibitions and shows for this event trying to outclass one another in diversity to attract attention of the interested persons.

Guests of the city will be able to enjoy pearls of music performed by the world-renowned Latvian choirs, magnificent opera staging, modern art performances, popular music concerts, art exhibitions, grand national celebrations and many more events, which the guests can take part in.


Included events

Amber through the times, exhibition
Natural History Museum of Latvia
2014-01-15 - 2014-12-31
Exhibition "1914", thematic line "Freedom Street"
National Museum of Art exhibition space "Arsenāls"
2014-01-17 - 2014-04-20
Programme of contemporary theatre forte forte
2014-10-11; 2014-11-15; [..]
Spring Festival ''Windstream''
2014-03-20 - 2014-04-20
St John’s Passion. Johan Sebastian Bach
St.John's Church in Riga
Urban Viewfinders: Contemporary Baltic and Nordic Photography
Riga Art Space
2014-05-08 - 2014-06-05
Art+Communication 2014 New Media Culture Festival
kim? Contemporary Art Centre
2014-05-15 - 2014-05-17
Amber - The Baltic Jewel: an exhibition
Temporary premises for the Latvian National History Museum
2014-05-15 - 2014-12-23
24rd Nordea Riga Marathon
11th November Embankment
Rienzi. Triumph and Defeat
Latvian National Opera
2014-06-03; 2014-06-15
Solar Wind: a chamber opera
Spikeri Concert Hall
Summer Solstice in Turaida
Turaida Museum Reserve
Music, Dance, Adventure: a show
Latvian National Opera
2014-06-21; 2014-06-22
“Until the Dawn” dance production
Grand Stage at Mežaparks
2014-06-21; 2014-06-22
Kremerata Baltica Festival
Baltais flīģelis
2014-07-03 - 2014-07-06
Summer Chamber Music Concerts in Sigulda
Sigulda New Castle
2014-07-06; 2014-07-13; [..]
8th World Choir Games
2014-07-09 - 2014-07-19
Sigulda Blues Festival
Sigulda Castle ruins
International Sigulda Opera Music Festival
2014-08-01 - 2014-08-03
Nature Concert Hall
Latvian Cycling Unity Ride