Latvia Weekend Events: Frozen

Remember when we announced "veļu laiks 2015" - the time when spirits of the dead supposedly walk the earth? Well, it's about to end on November 10 on the Mārtiņi celebration that marks the beginning of the 'time of ice' when swamps freeze and become passable by horse. And time of ice it is even now - though Rīga won't hit freezing temperatures until a bit later in November - with hockey in Liepāja, ice-cool disco in Rīga and verbal whips that cut like a cold steel knife in one Irish comedian's return to Latvia. 

1. Dylan Moran in Rīga

He lashes with panache, jolts with pizazz and finds a way into your heart through sheer serendipity (though it can probably be attributed to his manifold talents as well). And now he's even "off the hook", as the name of his latest tour reads.

It's no surprise that, as he's an English-speaking artist, Dylan Moran's Friday performance is the-go to event for any foreigner here in Rīga in the Irish comedian's return to Latvia.

Tickets are still available, so we encourage you to grab them while you can and head to the Rīga Congress Hall today at 8 PM.

2. Hockey in Liepāja

Hockey is a national Latvian pastime - makes sense for a cold country, right? Watching a hockey game with your Latvian friends can be an eye-opening experience proving that, while Latvians rarely display emotions, they most certainly have them, and once they start poring out...

On Friday Latvia will meet its long-time rival Belarus, and Saturday Latvia will meet Italy, which has also in cases set back the proud Baltic nation as well.

The games will be televised - watch online here - at 7:20 PM Friday (Latvia - Belarus), and 4:50 PM Saturday, though you can also go to Liepāja to see the games in person.

3. Disco from the time time stood still

See what we did with the title? We said time 'stood still' instead of 'froze', so you could intuitively guess the connection with the overlapping theme.

And intuition is all you need to dance like it's the goddamn 80s! On November 8 at Arēna Rīga the Disco 80's acts like Bad Boys Blue, Joy un C.C.Catch will take the stage in a huge indoors party, and you're invited to visit the place where you probably were in your early 20s or 30s in the decade of glitter, leather jackets and lonely hearts.

4. The illustrious amber of Liepāja

The new Liepaja Concert Hall Lielais dzintars (Great Amber) will open on Friday evening, and the opening concert will feature music by Agris Engelmanis, Eriks Esenvalds and Ludwig van Beethoven.

People like President Raimonds Vējonis and ex-President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga will be in attendance.

The Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, State Academic Choir Latvija and the united choir of the Kurzeme region will take part in the concert, along with Swedish soprano Elisabet Strid, Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Jovita Vaskeviciute, Estonian tenor Mati Turi, bass Egils Silins, clarinetist Ints Dalderis. The concert will be broadcast live on Latvian Radio 3.

What's strange - LSM's Latvian-Language culture editors say it's perhaps due to lazy PR - is that tickets are still left and start at €15. What a steal!

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