Three for the Weekend in Latvia: Books, Theater and Derring-do

The weekend is bearing down upon us again, so here are three more things you might like to do with it.

Latvian Book Fair

The large halls of the Ķipsala exhibition center are open right now and all weekend for bibliophiles of all sorts. Meet the authors, pick up a bargain and even swap books with fellow bookworms. 

From 1 to 3 March, the International Exhibition Centre Ķīpsala will turn into an inspiring book town, where writers, translators, publishers and readers will meet. For three days, Ķīpsala will host the most essential book event of the year – the International Book and Publishers Exhibition “Latvian Book Fair”, where a diverse range of books will be offered by Latvian and foreign publishing houses. Check out the full program of events.

 

A Century of Theatrical History

Latvia's National Theater is celebrating its centenary with a new multimedia exhibition which has just opened at the Eduards Smiļģis Theater Museum in Rīga. The exhibition has been put together by Margita Mantiņa, who has been studying the history of the National Theater for more than 30 years and has spent two years preparing for the opening of this major exhibition with sets, costumes and more from down the ages. Unfortunately the museum is closed on Sundays and the museum website is singularly unhelpful, containing no information about the exhibition yet, but this report by our colleagues at LTV suggests it is worth a visit.

 

Sarkanais Mežs

One of the most eagerly-awaited television shows of recent times is Sarkanais Mežs (The Red Forest), a tale of post-war spies, resistance and derring-do that was produced as part of Latvia's centenary cultural offerings. The season starts with a special double-bill of episodes on the evening of March 2, or you can watch online at LTV's Re:Play web portal (may be subject to geoblocking).  

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