Three for the Weekend: Sea Fest, Rīgas Ritmi, Flag Street

This weekend, the biggest musical event in Latvia – the Song and Dance Festival – culminates with grand final choir, dance, and choir-and-dance performances gathering masses. In case you are looking for something outside the festival, here are a few tips for you.

Sea Festival

Sea or Fishermen's Festival (Jūras svētki/Zvejnieksvētki) is a July tradition of Latvian seaside towns. Each town typically comes up with a fish market, musical program, entertainment, parades, workshops and other activities. This year the day of the festival is July 8, the most prominent festival organizers being, for example, Liepāja, Ventspils, Roja, or Engure, but nearly every village along the shore is likely to have something going on, so check out the nearest one.

Rīgas Ritmi

You can still manage to visit the Rīgas Ritmi annual improvisation, jazz and global music festival in Rīga with artists from Cuba, Mozambique, Switzerland, Spain, France, Denmark, the UK, Germany, Estonia, and Lithuania. The festival takes place July 5 to July 8.


An environmental installation “Flag Street” will be set up in Old Riga, which will connect two historic buildings: the Museum of Art “Riga Stock Exchange” (the former 19th exchange house) and the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design (former Jura Church). The urban environment will be supplemented by a symbolic accent that calls for the idea of global change in the world and our role in it, according to the installation's description.

The installation will be on display between July 10 and September 17, on Skārņu Street and Šķūņu Street in Rīga Old Town.


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