Three for the Weekend: Poetry, Purvītis and American choral music

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Here are three suggestions for things to do this weekend in Latvia. Whatever you do, we hope you have a great one.

Last chance to see Purvītis exhibition 

Originally due to close on October 6, the marvellous exhibition of works by Vilhelms Purvītis at the Latvian National Art Museum has been extended until October 16 – so if you haven't made it there yet, this could be your last chance to see these important paintings together in one place.

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Veidenbaums comes to life

The new exhibition about the life and works of seminal poet Eduards Veidenbaums brings him vividly to life and has excellent English translations for foreign visitors to discover this powerful and tragic writer. To mark 
the new "More light!" exhibition, the "Kalāči" museum located between Cēsis and Valmiera offers the opportunity to participate in special, open tours under the guidance of curator Inga Surgunte - on October 8, 9 or 16 at 14:00.

The number of places is limited, so apply in advance:


Voices of America in Rīga and Daugavpils

Over the weekend, the opus "The Arc in the Sky" by the award-winning American composer Kile Smith will be performed in two concerts in Rīga and Daugavpils. For this composition, the composer and the Philadelphia choir "The Crossing" were nominated for the prestigious "Grammy" award in 2020. It will be premiered in Latvia with singers of the Riga project choir. On Saturday, October 8, Kyle Smith's concert program will be performed in the Ziedonis Hall of the Latvian National Library, and on Sunday in the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary in Daugavpils. In both concerts, the composer will also be present as a special guest. Entrance is free of charge.

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...and something for families

The Latvian National Library is also the place to head to on Saturday afternoon for a special family event in the children's literature center on the 7th floor at 13:00. As part of Korean culture week there will be a chance to hear traditional Korean stories with the promise of some tasty treats, too.


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