Rīga party time
As we've already reported, this weekend the Latvian capital is holding its city festival, with an extensive program of free entertainment provided at locations around the city. But for our money the highlight has to be the cake competition.
Saturday August 19 sees the first ever 'Veidenfests' at the Edyards Veidenbaums museum, located between the cities of Cēsis and Valmiera. Veidenbaums was one of Latvia's most important and influential poets, but this promises to be much more than a lad of intellectuals sitting around and stroking their beards, with a punk ethos and an emphasis on youth creativity. Entrance to the music and art event "Veidenfests" is free and ot starts at 12:00.
"How to lose a state"
This weekend Dailes theater offers several chances to watch the play "How to lose a state" ("Kur pazuda valsts") based on fragments of the works of artist and dramatist Raimonds Staprāns (born 1926). Matīss Gricmanis has been nominated for this year's "Players' Night" drama awards in the category "Best new work of the year" for this show, which was inspired by several of Raimonds Staprāns' plays.
This performance is in Latvian (though Staprāns also writes in English as well as Latvian), but if you want something in English, you only have to wait a week for the play 'Rothko' by Anka Herbut at the same venue, which has English surtitles.