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Three for the Weekend: Cleaning up your act

On the weekend many in Latvia will be busy sweeping the country in this year's Big Cleanup - however, if boot and glove and rake is not your preferred attire, there's photo things and music things too in what promises to be a very pleasant weekend in Latvia.  

'Restart' photo exhibit at Rīga Art Space

Part of the Rīga Photography Biennial, 'Restart' features photos and more from Latvian and international artists, including, for example, Amalia Ulman of Instagram fame. According to the organizers, 'Restart' focuses on searching for "a connection between the past and the present". 

Curator Inga Brūvere told Latvian Television that "the concept [of the exhibit] is based on memories, dreams, and reality. The way each artist is working, for example, with the topic of memory, is very, very different."

It takes place until June 12 at the Riga Art Space on Kungu st. 3, meaning there's ample time to see it, but it's highly likely you'll want to return again and again. The art space is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Mondays.

Music everywhere

The Italian-American jazz musician Al Di Meola will be on April 23 performing at the Ēdoles castle, situated in the western Kurzeme region somewhere between Ventspils and Liepāja. Di Meola be performing songs from his new album, titled 'ELYSIUM', as well as others that have made him recognized as a talented and influential guitarist in the jazz hall of fame. Hurry up as there are less than 10 tickets left

While you can hear something pristine, and likely a bit confusing on April 22 at 7 p.m. at the cozy K. Suns move theater on Elizabetes st. in an intimate performance by Gas of Latvia and Manta, two leading acts of Latvia's alternative music scene. 

Big Cleanup

This year's Big Cleanup will take across all of Latvia on April 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's a wonderful event to attend to meet like-minded individuals who care for the environment and how their surroundings look. 

The organizers have prepared a map - with helpful directions in English - of cleanup sites, so find the one closest to you, don something you won't regret throwing away, and depart for the nearest site to help 'make Latvia clean again'.

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