Three for the Weekend: Barricades, Concert, Dance

Over the weekend and next week, Rīga City Council has announced a  program of commemorative events. On Saturday, January 20, which is the official Barricades commemoration day, the laying of flowers will take place individually throughout the day at the Second Forest Cemetery (Otrie Meža kapi), as well as by the Freedom Monument.

Barricade events

Also on Saturday, a concert series around a bonfire in the Doma Square in Old Town will take place between 10:20 and 17:00 with several choirs participating. A mobile exhibit will also be on display, as well as an installation of large-scale photographs.  At 10:00 President Edgars Rinkēvičs will deliver a speech and light the bonfire.

Saturday at 18:00 there will be a free concert at the Rīga Cathedral (Rīgas Doms). 

It is also worth checking out other municipality websites for commemorative events.

Matīss Čudars Trio

On January 20, 20:00 at the M/Darbnīca (Aristīda Briāna Street 9) the Matīss Čudars Trio (electric guitar, double bass, drums) will play. "The trio plays original compositions by Matīss Čudars, constantly permeated by improvisation and the spirit of freedom; the guys' shared interest in rhythm, the jazz tradition, the infinite sonic possibilities of their musical instruments and basketball is present," says the concert's description.

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International Ģikši Dance Night

The 15th International Dance Night at Ģikši is the way to experience Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian folk dancing. Live music will play all night, and dancing will, presumably, also take place all night. The event takes place at Amata Culture House in Ģikši January 20, starting 19:00.

You can find out more on the event's Facebook page.

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