This year would mark the 13th time the Staro Rīga festival has been held, when dazzling installations and artworks are glimmering throughout Rīga. The festival traditionally takes place in November. Instead, it has been postponed to the beginning of next year, with the exact date yet to be decided, and organizers are inviting the public to participate in #Staro mājās (Shine at home) campaign instead.
"This has clearly been a difficult year, and the people miss celebration. Unfortunately, there can be no widespread celebration, but we have the opportunity for everyone to create a holiday at home, so I invite everyone to participate in the campaign," said Māris Krastiņš, director of the Education, Culture and Sport Department of the Riga City Council.
“I encourage everyone to be creative, to make a variety of colored lights and decorations, and to stay safe at home to enjoy the time with the family,” said artist Miķelis Mūrnieks.
In the week of #Staro mājās from 16 to 22 November, everyone is invited to capture their creative ideas in photo or video format and publish them on social media with the hashtag #staromajas.