Three for the Weekend: Comets, Roses, and a Veritable Utopia

Astronomical phenomena, frail roses and blueprints of a non-existent future are among this week's most fun things to do in Latvia.

A comet appears in the sky

A veritable cocktail of sound will enter the air around Daugavgrīva Fortress in Rīga, with the Komēta world music festival offering Syrian wedding music, reggae from Ghana and Yemeni Jewish melodies from Israel at the 400-year-old historical site from July 7 to July 10.

Though not quite the Comet in Moominland, hopefully the festival will cause as much as a stir in Latvia as it did in the popular Tove Jansson series.

Oh, frail rose

The Latvian Museum of Natural History in central Rīga features some 100 roses on show in the annual rose exhibition from July 6 to July 10.

It features wild roses, bred roses, roses of natural and quite unnatural color, and if you want to witness the wide variety of flowers that have inspired poets, artists, and gardeners across the ages--this is a good as place as any to see many of the thorny flowers all in one place.

Plus, it's a great place to visit with your significant other, romantic prospect, sweetheart-to-be, etc.

Utopia in Kuldīga

The Bigland Modern Museum at the Kuldīga Art House offers a fresh look at a better yet non existent past of Latvia.

The pivotal piece of the exhibition is a huge wooden cat whose mouth serves as a platform to make utopian speeches for everyone to hear.

The initiative is part of Latvia's centenary celebration and will move to other Latvian cities, culminating in a visit to the capital in 2018. It features works by artists Andris Vītoliņš and Aigars Bikše.

Here's an excerpt from the description of the project:

"And lastly the project gives the opportunity to discuss and think about several locally and internationally topical themes: [..] like elementary givens of human existence in which ignorance and inborn narrow-mindedness alternates with megalomania and dreams of returning to the belly of one's mother." 

 

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