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26 Apr

Opera, Ballet

La Bayadère

26 Apr
For the first time, Latvian National Opera will stage the ballet La Bayadère by French choreographer Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus.

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28 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Don Quixote

28 Apr
The naively optimistic plot of the ballet Don Quixote cannot really be compared with the novel of the same name, by Miguel de Cervantes. What, then, is the reason for the ballet's success over the decades? The answer lies in the dance elements, the ballet's unfaltering attraction. Don Quixote was written for wealthy Moscow, a city that has left its mark on the form of this work.

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28 Apr

Concerts (classical)

Sinfonietta Riga presents: American Seasons and Graffiti for chamber orchestra

28 Apr
For the past several years, Latvian violinist Jana Ozoliņa has been studying and working in Switzerland, frequently taking additional classes from the renowned violinist Boris Kuschnir. She performs with the Young Eurasian Soloists, a chamber orchestra formed by herself. In Riga, the skilled and spirited soloist will perform the Vivaldi-inspired, melodically throbbing concerto The American Four Seasons by the founding father of American minimalism, Philip Glass. Another unusual encounter proposed by Sinfonietta Rīga will be the string piece by Unsuk Chin, the best-known Korean composer in Europe – inspired by street graffiti and embellished with bells and gongs. Furthermore, also performed will be a new chamber concerto by the quiet Latvian with an ironic smile - Oskars Herliņš.

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29 Apr

Events in Jūrmala

Jūrmala Jazz. Cyrille Aimee

29 Apr
Cyrille Aimée was primarily raised in France by a French-Dominican parentage. As a curious child in Samois-sur-Seine, she would sneak out of her bedroom window to wander into the nearby gypsy encampments filled with those attending the annual Django Reinhardt Festival. She quickly fell in love with the gypsy music and way of life and in the years later she would sing on street corners with musician friends while traveling across Europe.

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01 May

Outdoor events

Boat Carnival 2017

01 May
On May 1, when Labor Day is celebrated in Latvia, recreational park “Rāmkalni” invites you to participate in an innovative leisure activity “Boat Carnival” that will take place in the territory of Gauja National Park: in the section of River Gauja from Sigulda to Rāmkalni.

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01 May

Outdoor events

Opening of new summer season and 80th anniversary of Zemgale farmstead at Ethnographic Open-Air Museum

01 May
When the trees are all green and flowers are in full bloom in the fields, it is time for the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum to open the new summer season. The sounds of chirping birds and singing voices can be heard throughout the park. The museum's historical buildings and farmsteads open their doors once again after the long winter season, and guests are greeted by local craftsmen, who demonstrate their skills to visitors. The museum's Zemgale farmstead was originally erected in 1937. The museum's theme this year will be associated with this building, including tales about the history and people of Zemgale. Traditional songs of Zemgale will be sung, and visitors will be able to enjoy traditional treats at the museum's ''bread barn''.

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04 May

Festivals, Festivities

Events marking the Restoration of the Independence of the Republic of Latvia

04 May
An extensive program of events will take place on Restoration of the Independence of Latvia Day. The traditional flower laying ceremony will take place at the Freedom Monument in the morning, followed by various concerts and a fireworks show in the evening. Various concerts and other events will be organized at cultural centers and concert halls throughout Riga as well.

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06 May

Opera, Ballet

"iemūrētie"/"The Immured"

06 May
Composer Ēriks Ešenvalds' opera - a saga about the new National Library - and the victim without whom nothing truly major can be wrought. A legend of and for our times based on the folklore of several European countries, and contemporary Latvian society.The saga's heroes are artists and bricklayers, librarians and politicians, and depicted are their loves, treachery, faith and duty.

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13 May

Opera, Ballet

Musical "The Sound of Music"

13 May
Meet the joyful Maria, Captain von Trapp and his children, and other characters from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's world-famous musical "The Sound of Music", in a concert for the entire family at the Latvian National Opera!

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13 May

Events in Jūrmala

Vineta Sareika and Liepāja Symphony Orchestra. Born in Latvia

13 May
Performers: violinist Vineta Sareika, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, conductor Lutz Köhler (Germany).

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14 May

Concerts (classical)

Concert “Ave Maria” at Riga Dome

14 May
Program – J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, W.A. Mozart, L. Luzzi, P. Mascagni Performers: Olga Pyatigorskaya, soprano; Edīte Alpe, organ; Indulis Cintiņš, violin.

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14 May

Outdoor events

May's open-air religious ritual

14 May
In the month of May, the ritual of singing at the cross is a new tradition at the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum but an age-old tradition in Latgale and Augšzeme. According to Catholic traditions of Latgale, a cross is the place of reflection where one looks up, removing any hat in reverence to God. People called divine service in May as "dzīduošana pi krusta" (singing at the cross) and held it at their own initiative. The Holy Mass will be held in the chapel of Eleonorvilla Manor, and Virgin Mary’s songs will be sung at the crucifix of Guti village.

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