Film industry to suffer setback following centenary, says expert

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. 

Three for the Weekend: Mushrooms, music and medievalism

If you're planning a visit to Latvia this weekend, you're in luck -- there's plenty happening. It's still one week to go before the Riga city festival, but here in Latvia we know that making the most of every second of summer is essential. Here are a few things to consider in coming days.

Three for the Weekend: Step into the summer

This week LSM suggests enjoying summer activities like taking a dip, as the weather forecast is not too bad with only a little rain expected throughout the weekend with temperatures upwards of an amazing +20C.

Freedom Monument being restored

On July 24 restoration works began on Latvia's Freedom Monument, one of the chief landmarks of the country and its capital Riga. The monument will be fenced in for about three months during restoration. The honor guard will be off-duty and visitors won't be able to lay flowers down by the monument.

US composer: Latvians are a great singing nation

Latvians are nation of great singers and have fascinating choral culture, says acclaimed US composer Eric Whitacre who's in Riga as presenter of the Eurovision Choir of the Year competition taking place on July 22.

Sing Along with the Song Festival: For my Homeland

In preparation for the 2018 Song and Dance Festival, a new Latvian Radio strand featuring traditional Latvian songs aims to fill the gaps within everyone's singing repertoire. LSM will publish the most popular songs along with lyrics and a sense translation so guests to the country can sing along with Latvia at the time of its founding centenary. 

Around 30,000 attended Positivus 2017

Around 30,000 people attended the annual Positivus music and art festival in Latvia’s seaside town of Salacgriva this year, the festival’s organizer Girts Majors told LETA.

20th birthday for Saulkrasti Jazz festival

July 13 will see the opening of the 20th Saulkrasti Jazz festival that sees the sunny seaside town of Saulkrasti fill with often polyrhythmic waves of sound. The festival famously features workshops for aspiring musicians, interspersed with performances by world-renowned virtuosos. 

Sing Along with the Song Festival: Arise!

In preparation for the 2018 Song and Dance Festival, a new Latvian Radio strand featuring traditional Latvian songs to fill the gaps within everyone's singing repertoire. LSM will publish the most popular songs along with lyrics and a sense translation so guests to the country can sing along with Latvia at the time of its founding centenary. 

Sing Along with the Song Festival: Music for the tale of Spriditis

In preparation for the 2018 Song and Dance Festival, a new Latvian Radio strand featuring traditional Latvian songs to fill the gaps within everyone's singing repertoire. LSM will publish the most popular songs along with their lyrics and a sense translation so guests to the country can sing along with Latvia at the time of its founding centenary.