The fall is here, and it's a wonderful time of the year, perhaps indeed the time to visit Latvia. We've themed this load of 'three for the weekend' accordingly.
The Freedom Monument was unveiled on October 19 following three-month long restoration works. It was extensively cleaned, including its three gilded stars, and as ever high-ranking officials were present to see Latvia's most recognizable monument brought back to close to mint condition.
As a rule of thumb, the longer any particular Latvian party is drawn out, the higher the chance someone will put on something by Andris Kivičs, use his lyrics to make an ironic point, or simply mention him, often apropos nothing, to score an easy laugh.
The first ever "German-language days in Latvia" are taking place October 17 until October 19, putting 'Ļettland' in touch not only with its European Union partner but also with important elements of its own history.
Latvians took to the streets of Riga by the dozen October 3 to demand not a referendum or a resignation but the restoration of a concert hall that was once the work place of a young Richard Wagner.
Latvia's central bank (Latvijas banka, LB) on October 3 marked the 150th centenary of the birth of pioneering poet Eduards Veidenbaums by putting him on a coin.
About 80 years ago, a monument to Latvian unity was erected in Rēzekne, eastern Latvia. Twice felled down by the Soviets, the sculpture, officially known as simply 'United for Latvia' but locally known as the 'Māra of Latgale', has come to symbolize the historically rich and culturally complex eastern reaches of Latvia, reports Latvian Radio's Vineta Vilcāne.
Musical treats and cinema are in store for this weekend in Latvia.
On Baltic Unity Day, when Latvians and Lithuanians jointly commemorate the events of the Battle of Saule, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Lithuania, Edgars Rinkēvičs and Linas Linkevičius, have announced the establishment of a new "Balts’ Award" said a press release from the Latvian Foreign Ministry September 22.
Estonian feature 'November' has won the top prize in competition at this year's Riga International Film Festival.
Europe's major planetary science conference is underway in Riga, with the chance for children to visit a special space exhibition and many of the talks and lectures available to watch online.
With Saturday being the only weekend day with little rain and a bit more sun in the forecast, this "bleak-end" LSM suggests soothing your soul with classical music, films and delightful urban survival techniques.
More than 150,000 people visited Latvia's pavilion at the 'EXPO 2017' event in Astana, the organizers said September 10. The country was also awarded a bronze medal in design among similar-sized pavilions.
The weekend of September 9 and 10 sees a special focus on children's films at the Riga International Film Festival, currently taking place in the Latvian capital.
This weekend is all but exclusively focused on cinematic events with two film festivals taking place concurrently with the Nuit Blanche festival. The Days of Poetry are also taking place across Latvia -- as you can see, it's really busy.
A year ago, the performance artist Ahilan Ratnamohan knew next to nothing about Latvia. Now he's speaking proficient Latvian, loves our staple bread soup and is convinced that the cornerstone of Latvian identity is the country house.
The 2017 Riga International Film Festival is taking place September 7 - 17 with 120 movies in 9 programs being screened at three movie houses on Elizabetes street.
An exhibition dedicated to the late Gunārs Birkerts (1925-2017), known in Latvia for designing the National Library of Latvia, is on show at the library with memorial events held throughout September 6.
The Chronicles of Melanie, a film about a woman deported to Siberia, is Latvia's 2017 pick for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film, the National Film Center told the press September 4.
The sketch design of Latvia's upcoming Museum of Contemporary Art has been finished, with construction to be concluded in 2021.
This weekend it's all about festivals with music, theater and film fests taking place over the weekend.
Though Latvian is in general quite good at communicating in an unambiguous manner, there are a few hidden traps for the language learner. Among these is the difficulty of knowing precisely what type of sweet treat you are consuming with your coffee: is it a kūka (cake) or a torte (cake)?
This weekend you're encouraged to go to Cēsis for musical treats, or stay in Riga to see the opening of a modern art exhibition at kim?.
A week after the event, London is still abuzz with the performance of the Latvian Radio Choir at this year's BBC Promenade Concerts.
Not even changeable weather was able to put a dampener on this year's Riga city festival, with organizers claiming more than 200,000 people enjoyed the entertainments on offer.
Even if you can't make it to the Latvian capital for the annual Riga city festival, you will be able to join in via cyberspace, the municipality has announced.
Starting August 17 the Latvian Museum of Photography is showcasing the history of the art form in Moving Photography, an exhibition by Vika Eksta.
A total sixteen, largely state-sponsored films were commissioned for the silver screen when Latvia celebrates its centenary next year. However this means the return to normal funding regime will spell trouble for the industry, says Dita Rietuma, head of the National Film Center.