White Night to be held across 53 locations in Rīga

On September 8 the Baltā Nakts (White Night) modern culture festival is held in Rīga, with 53 events to be held throughout the night, reported Latvian Radio 4.

Among the events is a silent disco at the National Library of Latvia, with the ground floor turning into a dance floor and people dancing with their headphones on. It will feature three music channels -- funk, disco and classic hits -- and the stated goal is to introduce young people to the library.

Meanwhile the November 11 embankment is to showcase Baltic art.

Most events are to be held in central Rīga but the distant neighborhoods of Ķengarags and Ziepinekkalns are also to host festival happenings. While the Ziemeļblāzma cultural palace in Vecmīlgrāvis is to host a concert by the Māris Briežkalns Quintet, performing compositions inspired by Daugavpils-born abstract expressionist Mark Rothko.

The Rīga Zoo, however, is to hold poetry readings in what will be the White Night debut for the location.

Meanwhile the White Night tram, running from Ausekļa street to Mežaparks will also become a festival venue.

All the events are free of charge. See the full program here (English). Most events open at 18:00, and many of them will be open until 3 in the morning.

The White Night coincides with the Poetry Days and the Homo Novus theater festival.

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