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20 Nov

Festivals, Festivities

Festival of Light Staro Rīga

17 Nov - 20 Nov
The festival of light "Staro Rīga" has become highly popular and anticipated among Rigans and tourists. "Staro Rīga" is an exhibition of outdoor installations, used to transform Riga's panorama using modern light and video technology.

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24 Nov

Markets

Christmas Fair on Līvu Square

24 Nov - 07 Jan
Do you wish to return to the land of childhood? You are welcome to the Christmas fair on Līvu Square! The joyful sound of children's laughter, small bells of merry-go-rounds, fluffy snowflakes and the scent of spices, roasted nuts and almond will bring back the Christmas miracle from your childhood.

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02 Dec

Markets

Old Town Christmas Fair

02 Dec - 07 Jan
Christmas is approaching, and one of the signs testifying to this is the Old Town Christmas Fair with sweet-smelling mulled wine, roasted almonds, glittering glazed gingerbread and local handcraft. Visitors will have a chance to find their Christmas miracle here every day. Various concerts and workshops are on the programme, with Santa Claus entertaining kids and adults alike.

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08 Dec

Exhibitions

The way through the Christmas Trees 2017

08 Dec - 14 Jan
The festival began 2010. with an aim to showcase various Christmas ornaments and promote creative expression in an urban environment. The idea behind the festival stems from the legend of Riga as the place that was first to introduce the Christmas tree in 1510, when the first tree was placed in the market square and decorated by members of the Blackheads order.

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31 Dec

Outdoor events

New Year's Eve Fireworks and Celebration at the 11 November Embankment

31 Dec
Riga residents and guests are welcome to ring in the New Year at the November 11 Embankment. Visitors will be able to enjoy an extensive cultural program with performances by popular musicians and bands, as well as djs, followed by the New Year's Eve fireworks show. The perfect place for families and friends to celebrate the new year.

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30 Mar

Festivals, Festivities

Easter events and concerts in Riga

30 Mar - 02 Apr
During the Easter holidays, spiritual music concerts are held in Riga's churches, concert halls and cultural centers, as well as traditional Easter events are organized, where residents and guests can celebrate the holidays observing traditional Latvian traditions - swinging, painting eggs, egg tapping and more.

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04 May

Festivals, Festivities

May 4 — Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia

04 May
Every year on May 4, Latvia celebrates the day when in 1990 the Supreme Council of the Latvian SSR adopted the Declaration "On the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia" and Latvia became an independent state, free from Soviet rule. On this day, numerous events take place all over the country.

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19 May

Festivals, Festivities

Night of Museums 2018

19 May
Night of Museums is held simultaneously in all European countries free of charge.

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02 Jun

Markets

Applied Arts Fair at Ethnographic Open Air Museum

02 Jun - 03 Jun
Since 1971, the Museum annually hosts its arts and crafts fair, which is traditionally held on the first weekend in June. In the forty-eight years of its existence, the fair has become an event of national significance – now it has become the symbol of crafts-work of Riga and Latvia and a festival for its participants and visitors.

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19 Nov

Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition NNN

07 Oct - 19 Nov
The exhibition NNN, or Nosaukumam Nav Nozīmes (The Title Has no Meaning), will feature new works from a variety of artists, including installations, 2D works and other objects. The artists also utilize a wide range of technologies - from drawings, video and photographs to mechanics. The participants of this project are united by a shared thought process, education and regular cooperation over a period of many years.

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19 Nov

Exhibitions

Exhibition of Slovak national art

28 Sep - 19 Nov
The exhibition is being organized in cooperation with the Slovakian Embassy in Latvia and the Slovakian National Gallery in Bratislava. The exhibition feature national art items of Slovakia.

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19 Nov

Sports

Staro Riga Run

19 Nov
November is the month in which annually Riga shines brighter than many other months - the Castle walls are lit with thousands of candles, Latvia's Independence Day fireworks light the skies, and bright and colorful objects and light installations illuminate the city during the Staro Riga Festival of Light. During this time, the Staro Riga Run will also be held this year. It will not just be a run, but also an event where participants will be able to enjoy the color's of the city while in movements with hundreds of other Riga residents and guests.

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22 Nov

Concerts (classical)

Organ music concert at Riga Dome

20 Oct - 29 Dec
Experienced Latvian organ players, as well as guests from many other countries participate in concerts of organ music. This offers an opportunity to enjoy one of the most splendid and valuable historic organs in the outstanding acoustics of the Riga Dome Cathedral. The Riga Dome Cathedral organ belongs to the highest achievements of organ building of the late Romanticism period and is an excellent monument to the history of music.

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22 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Opera Faust

18 Oct - 26 Apr
Dr. Faust is sinking into depression despite his many years, and the promise made to mysterious Mephistopheles - all his wishes granted in exchange for his soul. Charles Gounod's marvelous opera, based on the Goethe tragedy, had its world premiere back in Paris in 1859. Here and now, director Aik Karapetyan offers late-Gothic mileau, with touches of German Expressionism, including silent movies. "However, this does not mean a production that will be 'hopelessly serious," the director is quick to explain.

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23 Nov

Concerts (shows)

British jazz and soul singer ALA.NI

23 Nov
Within the frameworks of the Art Of Riga Jazz concert series the talented and fairy tale like soul and jazz singer ALA.NI will perform together with guitarist Thomas Naïm. ALA.NI, who released her stunning debut album You & I last year, is living proof that it can be a good thing to allow a talent to mature. Her music is like a siren song luring you to a place where you may not want to go but once you realize it, it's too late – she has you captivated. ALA.NI draws on classic Hollywood musicals and old folk songs and adds a magical, fairy tale like touch to them.

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23 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Don Juan

10 Nov - 19 Apr
The ballet Don Juan, with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Frédéric Chopin, is staged by the renowned choreographer of Cuban origin Julio Arozarena. He teams up with playwright Valentina Turcu, better known to Latvian audiences as the choreographer of the ballet Romeo and Juliet.

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24 Nov

Concerts (classical)

Organ music concert at Riga Dome

20 Oct - 29 Dec
Experienced Latvian organ players, as well as guests from many other countries participate in concerts of organ music. This offers an opportunity to enjoy one of the most splendid and valuable historic organs in the outstanding acoustics of the Riga Dome Cathedral. The Riga Dome Cathedral organ belongs to the highest achievements of organ building of the late Romanticism period and is an excellent monument to the history of music.

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24 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Opera Carmen

24 Nov - 22 Apr
At the same time celebrated and hated by her own sex, desired and punished by the opposite one, Carmen changes the world around her. The hatred she causes comes from the desire she arises...

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24 Nov

Concerts (classical)

John Adams' Shaker Loops and Joseph Haydn's La passione

24 Nov
American minimalist John Adams' legendary piece Shaker Loops was inspired in equal parts by the perpetual rippling of water and the memories of the Christian religious group known as shakers and their ecstatic worship rituals. Similar wild bursts of energy promises to be scattered through the new work of freethinker Platons Buravickis - Aesthetics of Disassembly. On the other hand, the Viennese classic Joseph Haydn's symphony La passione and Finnish contemporary composer Kaija Saariaho's Graal théâtre, with its sublimely drawn contrast between eternal and ephemeral, might be defined as sacral works. The concert's soloist – violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky – has a broad emotional range, capturing the audiences with innate poignancy and unconstrained musicality.

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24 Nov

Concerts (classical)

Les Voix Humaines (consort of viols, Canada). International Bach Chamber Music Festival

24 Nov
Their musical complicity has been compared to the skill of two trapeze artists or the telepathic communion of a pair of jazz saxophonists! Susie Napper and Margaret Little, the two gambists of Les Voix humaines, have been thrilling audiences worldwide with dashing performances of early and contemporary music for viols since 1985. They are renowned for their spectacular arrangements of a wide variety of music for two viols and have become a world reference for the music of Sainte-Colombe. Third member Mélisande Corriveau is as distinguished a performer on the baroque cello and recorder as on the viola da gamba. The ladies are joined by cellist and viola da gambist Felix Deak. Programme: J.S.Bach Art of the Fugue.

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25 Nov

Markets

Fair at Kalnciems District

04 Nov - 31 Dec
Every Saturday, Latvian farmers offer local goods at the Kalnciems Quarter Fair, and craftsmen come to sell unique pieces of handiwork. Children are invited to participate in creative workshops, free of charge, and to ride a colorful merry-go-round. The theme of the fair changes to reflect seasonal festivals, during which there also are concerts, exhibitions, open-air plays, and other activities taking place at the fair.

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25 Nov

Festivals, Festivities

Riga Wine & Champagne festival

25 Nov
This Latvia’s most anticipated wine tasting on November 25 will feature the Top 100 wines of "Wine of The Year 2017" competition. This will be a time to enjoy the best champagnes, sparkling wines, white wines and red wines from all over the world and available in Latvia and had been ranked highest by the Jury of the "Wine of The Year 2017" contest.

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25 Nov

Opera, Ballet

Ballet The Sleeping Beauty

21 Oct - 03 May
Princes and princesses, fairies and other heroes from fairy tales come together at Tchaikovsky's ballet featuring wonderful music and memorable story about love that overcomes all difficulties.

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25 Nov

Concerts (classical)

Baltic Symphony Festival. Concert "Two-fourths. Tuur. Schumann"

25 Nov

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