Three for the Weekend in Latvia: Orchestras, Photographs and a Latvian troubadour

Another weekend presents some more opportunities to get out and about and absorb some culture in Latvia.

Orchestras galore

Providing classical music on a grand scale January 25 will be a dazzling array of orchestras and soloists at the Great Guild in central Rīga. The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Rīga and the Latvian National Opera Orchestra will all be on stage for a program of works by Latvian composers of past and present, including the premiere of a brand new work titled "Flow" by Rolands Kronlaks. Tickets will be in very high demand, but fear not, for Latvian Radio 3 Klasika will also be broadcasting the whole thing live, so you can listen wherever you are in the world at 19:00 Rīga time (17:00 GMT).

Photos in Iļģuciems

January 23 saw the opening of the exhibition “Unknown. Variable" a collaborative project of four young photographic artists. Originally conceived four years ago it has been freshly updated and looks at aspects of human identity from different perspectives - gender, memory, location and religion. Enrance is free of charge at Iļģuciems Cultural Center in Rīga.

Sīmanis in Cēsis

Legendary Latvian troubadour Haralds Sīmanis makes an appearance at the small and friendly Fonoklubs in Cēsis on January 25. Armed with guitar and a voice that can transform from gravel to honey in a moment, this is a rare chance to see one of Latvia's best performers in an intimate setting.

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