Latvia Weekend Events: Miracle Making

Meteņi, the spring waiting celebration, takes place this week. Men with lots of hair brawl, and children play with sleds so that there's an abundant linen harvest. And of course people have to eat a lot to prepare themselves for Lent. On Meteņi, it's said that Happiness herself hands out miraculous gifts, and miraculously happy goes the weekend events guide as well.

1. Wonders of the world in Jelgava

An icy Sphinx, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China and other wonders of the world will be presented in the 18th international ice sculpture festival in Jelgava - all that despite the less-than welcoming weather.

The festival takes place February 5 to February 7 at Pasta sala and on Friday starts at 6 p.m., available until 11 p.m., while on Saturday/Sunday it'll take place from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

The festival awards will be handed on the first day, accompanied by music and a total of 700 ice wonders for your enjoyment.

2. Meteņi carnival at Kalnciems

Meteņi is sadly one of the lesser-observed celebrations - at least so muse LSM's culture editors hard-pressed to find events dedicated to the traditional rites.

The Kalnciems square (also named 'Hipster square' by some) will feature a carnival with music, masks, and things related to the more international Festival of Venice. The events start at 11 a.m. and continue into the afternoon, with the folklore band Skandinieki playing from 1 to 2 p.m.

3. Tricky

Tricky is also one of the miracles of the world, or at least he can be called miraculous. The performer will take the Palladium concert hall on February 6 for a more intimate performance than that at Positivus where Tricky was a guest in 2014.

Here's a song from the Skilled Mechanics project Tricky is involved in.

4. Small miracles

The Rotten Smile festival Rot In Smile #4 will take place at Nabaklab on February 5, concurrently with the voting for the Alternative.lv annual prize. The prize winners will be announced on February 6 when Sanctimony and Harta will be performing at the same venue.

While the Leningrad cafe will celebrate Bob Marley's 71st birthday with a performance by the St. Petersburg urban reggae band Ackeemama.

And last but not least Latvijas 1. Rokkafejnīca will host Made of Shade, who will present their new EP Divide the Empire. 

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