Three for the Weekend: Discover Rīga

Fascinating films, prodigious performers and city scenes are all in this weekend's event guide focused on the Latvian capital - read on and discover what's to do in the capital this weekend.

Music

The Prodigy will be performing in Rīga on April 16 at 8 p.m. in what will be their third performance in Latvia. The legendary English band is sure to attract a wild crowd at the Skonto Hall which could be described as one of the few venues in Rīga suitable for a massive rave. Tickets

But if you prefer mellower sounds, legendary composer Pēteris Vasks' pieces will be performed in a concert celebrating the composer’s 70th birthday.

Performing will be the Latvian Radio Choir, Sinfonietta Rīga, with Sandis Šteinbergs on violin. Sigvards Kļava and Normunds Šnē will be conducting the performance at the wonderful Rīga Dome on April 16 at 7 p.m. 

Film

On April 16 at 10:30 a.m. documentaries unlikely to be available anyplace else will be screened at the wee Film Museum in Old Rīga within the bounds of the Baltic Sea Region Documentary Cinema conference.

The screenings will start with the acclaimed White Bells by Herz Frank following a girl's quest for flowers in Rīga, topped off by a guided tour of filming locations in the Riga city center - a real discovery if there ever was one.

The program includes Lithuanian and Estonian documentaries subtitled in English. If you cannot make it, the Film Museum has monthly screenings of English-subtitled Latvian movies that are surely not to be missed. 

LSM has many documentaries available online as well.

Art

While at the National Library you're invited to follow the life and work of Konrāds Ubāns in the "Pārdaugava of Ubāns" exhibit tracing landscape paintings and images of Pārdaugava - the part of Rīga located on the left bank of Daugava, which is as wonderful and captivating as the artist's life story tainted with grief as the artist was separated from his family in the Second World War.

The exhibit was unveiled April 14 and is open during working hours of the National Library. 

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