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20 Mar - 22 Apr

Exhibitions

Exhibit: The Jāzeps Pīgoznis Award for Latvian Landscape Painting

20 Mar - 22 Apr
Artist supreme Jāzeps Pīgoznis left this world in 2014, leaving us his landscapes that depict northern-like colourful boldness and diversity in all times of the year. The Pīgoznis Award was established in 2015 to accent the significance of landscape painting in Latvian contemporary art. Under the arches of splendid St. Peter's Church, here is an exhibit of the ''best of the best" works created by 21st century Latvian artists.

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04 May

Festivals, Festivities

Events marking Latvia's Restoration of Independence Day in Riga

04 May
To mark the anniversary of Latvia's restoration of independence, various celebratory events will be organized at Riga cultural centers and concert hall, as well as a series of events called - Stories of Brivibas Street, which will take place at several locations on Brivibas Street, from Brivibas Boulevard and the Freedom Monument all the way to the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Latvia's freedom.

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21 Mar - 05 May

Exhibitions

Maija Nora Tabaka. Architecture

21 Mar - 05 May
The paintings by Maija Tabaka featured at the exhibition are provocative in their subject narrative, sparkling in their joyous color, and surprising in their imagination. This is where the magic of this exhibition is hidden: the expression of fantasies, daring to paint and expressing emotions in theatricalized compositions.

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07 May - 13 May

Festivals, Festivities

Riga Restaurant week

07 May - 13 May
During this special week, Riga’s restaurants open their doors to all gourmands willing to treat themselves to an array of delicious tastes for an especially affordable price of 15–20 euros for a three-course meal.

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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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20 May

Sports

Lattelecom Riga marathon

20 May
Lattelecom Riga Marathon will bring together thousands of runners from all over the world. For the first-time visitor, the marathon offers great opportunity to get to know Riga, one of the most beautiful cities in the Baltics. There are several distances to choose from - full marathon, half-marathon, 10 km, and 6 km. The scenic course will meet the expectations of one and all, going through the Old Town, by architectural monuments, and over bridges. In 2007 the Lattelecom Riga Marathon was for the first time officially recognised and measured according to the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races standards, and has since won international acclaim.

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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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03 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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21 Jun

Outdoor events

International folklore festival Baltica 2018 gala event

21 Jun
The theme of this year's Baltica folklore festival is ''Jāņi. Flowering'', thus highlighting the rich summer solstice traditions of the Latvian people, while at the same time getting to know the traditions other cultures from around the world have in connection with the summer solstice. The festival will conclude with a festive culmination at the November 11 Embankment in downtown Riga, where all of the festival's participants will gather to jointly celebrate the summer solstice - ethnographic ensembles, folklore troupes, musical collective, storytellers, individual performers and others.

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22 Jun

Markets

Līgo! market

22 Jun
To properly prepare for the annual Midsummer of Līgo! festival, a traditional market will once again be organized on Riga's Dome Square, where farmers and craftsmen from all over Latvia will offer flower bunches and garlands, oak leaf crowns, traditional teas and honey from Latvia's aromatic summer fields, country bread, cheeses, warm pastries, smoked meat and other goodies necessary to properly celebrate the merry festival. Furthermore, Latvia's best craftsmen will also be on hand, offering a wide range of items - wickerwork, clay dishes, linen tablecloths and bed covers, knitted items, wooden spoons, as well as traditional jewelry made of amber and silver. Meanwhile, traditional musical and dance collectives from Riga will maintain a merry festival atmosphere throughout the day!

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23 Jun

Outdoor events

Līgo! festivities on November 11 embankment and Dzegužkalns

23 Jun
The Midsummer, of Līgo! festival, in Riga is traditionally celebrated on the November 11 embankment and Dzegužkalns, where bonfires and Līgo! songs will be sung, and traditional festival dishes will also be served. Performing at the events will be various traditional musical and dance collectives. Everyone will also have the opportunity to find out about the merry traditions of Līgo! and greet the sunrise the following morning.

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15 Dec - 30 Jun

Events for children

Interactive exhibition for the whole family - Future Live!

15 Dec - 30 Jun
Giant video projections, virtual reality, a colorful book that comes to life, and the opportunity to travel in space - the exhibition Future Live! (in Latvian - Nākotne tagad) is an amazing technological adventure for the whole family. The exhibition combines the most advanced interactive technologies in the area of art objects and installations, where it will be possible and desirable for visitors to interact - 3D modeling, interactive projection, virtual and augmented reality.

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30 Jun - 08 Jul

Festivals, Festivities

Latvian Song and Dance Festival 2018

30 Jun - 08 Jul
For a whole week in the summer 2018 Riga will be taken over by the most grandiose festival in Latvia – the "Latvian Song and Dance Festival" gathering tens of thousands of singers and dancers from everywhere in Latvia, who will fill the city with sounds of folk music. This festival with its greatness, quality and diversity is a unique event on a world scale; therefore it has been included in the UNESCO list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

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20 Apr - 10 Jun

Exhibitions

Solo exhibition by Imants Klīdzējs

20 Apr - 10 Jun
The experience and impressions gained during visits to the birthplace of porcelain, China, can be seen in the recent works of Imants Klīdzējs (1956). The ideas gained while working in China are still very much a part of the artist's style, which can be seen in his latest work. The artist enjoys creating structural porcelain through turning, with texture an important part of his works. The exhibition will feature the artist's latest works.

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20 Apr

Concerts (classical)

Organ music concert at Riga Dome

01 Apr - 27 Jun
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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20 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera "Turandot"

20 Apr - 14 Jun
This production of Puccini’ last opera, staged at the Latvian National Opera in 1973, has been renewed several times. The magnificent set and costumes by Edgars Vārdaunis take audiences to a mythical journey to the legendary times of China, while the wonderful music melts even the coldest hearts.

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21 Apr

Markets

Fair at Kalnciems District

07 Apr - 30 Jun
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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21 Apr

Concerts (classical)

“Concerto Piccolo” — enjoy the unique sound of Riga Dome organ for 20 minutes

21 Mar - 30 Apr
“Concerto Piccolo” gives the opportunity to relish one of the most splendid and valuable historical organ in the outstanding acoustics of Riga Dome.

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21 Apr

Concerts (classical)

Concerts on Sauer organ

07 Apr - 30 Jun
Old St. Gertrude's Church is home to the largest Sauer organ in Latvia, built by Sauer in 1906. Before the Riga Dome Cathedral became a concert hall in 1962, old St. Gertrude Church was the main organ concert venue in Riga.

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21 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Ballet Antonija #Silmači

13 Apr - 03 Jun
The summer is in full blossom, the sun goes uphill towards the summer solstice, and the love-sick heart of Antonija, the mistress of Silmači house, gets dizzy... The ballet Antonija #Silmači is a romantically dramatic story about the longing for a fulfilled personal life.

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07 Apr - 22 Apr

Exhibitions

Exhibit "My Bird"

07 Apr - 22 Apr
The Natural History Museum of Latvia presents an exhibition from the photography contest "My Bird". The aim of the photo competition is to increase understanding about the variety of birds, raise protection issues, and highlight the unique beauty of various species. Traditionally, the competition's gallery includes photographs from all participants.

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27 Mar - 22 Apr

Exhibitions

Exhibition - Art Nouveau Easter

27 Mar - 22 Apr
The exhibition invites visitors to get acquainted with typical Easter decorations from the Art Nouveau period. The exhibition will also feature springtime related objects from the early 20th century taken from the collection of the Riga Art Nouveau Center. Furthermore, the apartment interior will be decorated with pieces by the artist Tamāra Čudnovska, who drew her inspiration from historical samples of the time.

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22 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Opera Carmen

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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16 Mar - 23 Apr

Exhibitions

Inga Jurova solo exhibition - Tales From the Suburbs

16 Mar - 23 Apr
In this exhibition, Inga Jurova documents Riga through the architecture of the Maskavas suburb. The deeper perception of the exhibition is a story about people, their fates, love and death. Home is a metaphor, which allows to speak about the existing worldliness. Animals symbolize a spiritual dimension.

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