Festival guide for summer 2020 in Latvia

Despite the pessimistic forecasts, the summer of 2020 will be another summer of festivals, albeit under security conditions. 

The LSM festival guide summarizes the published events – mainly music, with a touch of other arts and entertainment, but it should be noted that additions and corrections, as well as various restrictions could still come, so keep your eyes open.

July

From July 1 to 10, the tenth anniversary festival of the popular cafe and bar "Ezītis miglā" in the Old Town is taking place. The festival will include a variety of activities, such as brain games, “Comedy Latvia Open mic”, orienteering, wrapped up by a concert on July 10. 

Starting July 4, Salaspils guesthouse "Ārpus laika" will offer four concerts: Maestro Raimonds Pauls and band Framest, followed by Daumants Kalniņš, then Raimonds Ozols, Raimonds Macats and Mārcis Auziņš, wrapped up on July 23 by Matīss Čudars trio.

July 9 to 11, the National Opera Square is holding the "Riga Jurmala music festival", hosted by "Riga Jurmala". The venue will be transformed into a metaphorical concert hall with two hours of classical music. It is planned to host these events in other locations in Riga and Jurmala.

On July 9, the mall Alfa rooftop cinema is hosting the adventure documentary film festival “European Outdoor Film Tour”, with nine travel documentaries, activities and quizzes.

The brewery "Ziemeļu enkurs" in Riga is inviting you to a stylistically varied concert program  "Enkurfests" on July 11: Katrīna Gupalo, “PND”, “Das Sonntags Legion” and others. More information yet to come.

Music journalist and DJ Uldis Rudaks invites you to a small-scale festival “Kartupeļpalma vējiem līdzi” on July 18-19 in Liepāja, concert venue Wiktorija. Program includes “shishi” from Lithuania, “Mirrored Lips” from Russia, Latvian Simons Krasts, Helēna Kozlova, "Grupa Harijs” and DJ Uldis Rudaks.

July 31 to August 2 the festival "Komēta" is taking place in Riga, Daugavgrīva, with artists from Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

August

On August 1, in Riga, Sporta Street 2 square, the festival Ogle is taking place, aimed at raising awareness about mental health, with lectures, discussions and concerts by “Čipsis un Dullais”, “Sudden Lights”, Arturs Skutelis and “Ārpilsētas sakars”.

Legend says: "In 2014, a few friends decided to mark the beginning of the summer in an orchard by the sea between Roja and Mērsrags. Now the event has become a festival "Nezāle" with bands from different genres, including “Tavas māsas nāsis”, “Aptiekas bēru ansamblis”, “Pelni”, “Banga Band”, “Ārpilsētas sakars”, Pauls Raimonds, Grautinsh and others. "Nezāle" takes place on August 7 this year.

Bands “DaGamba” and “Tautumeitas” have created the festival “Laivā”, the first crossover festival in the Baltics. Jugla Lake, August 8, entrance with boats only! 

August 7 to 9, listeners are expected at the festival "Sansusī" in Aknīste, Susēja. A full livestream program is also offered.

Also on August 7 to 9, the fifth Valmiera Theatre festival is taking place, with actors Valters Sīlis, Elmārs Seņkovs, Krišjānis Sants un Ieva Gaurilčikaite, Inga Tropa, Toms Treinis, Liene Grava and others. More information to follow.

August 7 to 9, Bauska is hosting the annual ethnic music and ancient trade festival Zobens un Lemess, with bands “Batushka”, “Skyforger” un “Nokturnal Mortum”, “Vermilia”, “Bestia”, “Veliu Namai”, “Urskumug” and others..

August 28 to 31 the Lūznava Manor is hosting the Baltic Jazz festival "Škiuņa džezs" where musicians attend master classes and show off their new skills in the evenings.

All summer long

The Tallinas Street square is offering the event series "Laikmetīgās trešdienas" every Wednesday. The program consists of a three-stage activity model so that the audience can listen to a concert, watch a dance or poetry performance and look at a specially designed art exhibit.

Berga Bazārs is also home to weekly Wednesday concerts with jazz and ethnic music; as is K.K. fon Stricka villa garden.

The Kalnciema Square will have weekly open-air concerts on Tuesdays throughout the summer, offering a selection of famous Latvian musicians and special guests.

 

 

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