Five for the weekend - cultural events guide

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If you happen to find yourself in Latvia this weekend, here are a few suggestions for what to get up to from LSM's cultural team.

1) Books, books and more books

From Friday, February 27, to Sunday, March 1, Kipsala exhibition center stages the year's major event for literature lovers, the 2015 International Book Exhibition.

Visitors will be able to meet the authors, listen to various talks and of course buy books at bargain prices. Special events for kids too.

Full details of the event are here.


2) End of the road for monsters of metal

Latvian heavy metal legends 'Huskvarn' celebrate their 25th anniversary with a concert February 28th at the great Fonoklubs venue in Cesis.

They'll be reprising their heavy hits from 1990 to 2015 and are warning the crowd this will be "the only and final time" that they will put on such a show. If you were in any doubt that they mean it, the concert is called "End of the road"!

Full details of the event are here


3) All the Bs: Brahms, Beethoven and Bartok with Blacher

At Riga's Great Guild on February 27 and the Gors arts center in Rezekne on February 28, violin virtuoso Kolya Blacher will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms and Bartok with the highly-rated Sinfonietta Riga under Janis Liepins.

German-born Blacher studied in the US and has a wide range of recordings and performances under his belt. He is regarded as a master of the classical-romantic repertoire.

Full details of the events are here.


4) 50 shades of Gray

On February 27 the Palladium concert venue in Riga will resound to one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music: that of Macy Gray.

She will perform from her extensive back catalogue of hits plus new material and her previous appearances in Riga have won a firm local following for that smoky, raspy voice that mixes pop and jazz stylings.

Full details of the concert are here.

5) Rock until you drop

What claims to be "Latvia's first rock cafe", at Reiterna nams in Riga, celebrates three years in business with a two-day festival of music on February 27 and 28.

The line up includes plenty of names that are well known locally, if not internationally, so if you want to bone up on mainstream Latvian pop and rock culture, head over there and soak it up along with some pretty good food and drink too.

Full details of the line-up here.


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