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Three for the Weekend: Carnival for the poor, music, Japanese cinema

A very special carnival, an intimate music evening and films from the East are in store this weekend for people in Rīga.

Carnival for the poor

People who can't be bothered, weren't invited, don't want to cough up a lot of money, etc. have made an alternative to the popular Art Academy Carnival.

Lo and behold, the Kaņepe Culture Center on Friday evening is hosting the second annual Carnival for the poor.

"Put on a mask or make your own costume and come dance with us," organizers say.

PODRUGA, DJ ORIOLE, PACHAMAMA CHILL, Stephen Paul Taylor (Berlin) and more will make sure you're ready for the floor.


Those of a more contemplative bent however will appreciate the chance to see new films from the East at the splendid Splendid Palace movie house where the Japanese Film Festival is taking place on Friday and Saturday evening.

On Friday at 6 p.m. the 2015 film A Farewell to Jinu will be screened while Saturday the place will screen the 2014 film Wood Job. 

Get your free tickets at the Splendid Palace ticket office.

An intimate music night

Local cool guy and impressive pianist Edgars Mākens (of Gaujarts and Manta fame) will perform on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Valmieras alus vēstniecība. 

Expect an intimate atmosphere, lots of good food and a guy who can't help but smile as he's waxing lyrical in between songs. 

The Facebook event lists a phone number you should probably call to reserve a seat.

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