Latvia Weekend Events: Award-winning

Take note – story published 7 years ago

The first few months of 2016 are seeing award ceremonies both here and abroad, from the Berlin Film Festival to Eurovision preliminaries, to the Academy Award and others--read on and see where you'll see true luminaries walking the red carpet in Latvia.

1. Mellow Mud

Mellow Mud was premiered Thursday in Latvia and will doubtless become a smash hit in Latvia. Awarded the Crystal Bear in Berlin, the film will now move to Cēsis concert hall on February 26 and the Splendid Palace theater in Rīga the same day. 

The movie centers on a young abandoned woman trying to look after her brother after their guardian, the grandmother, dies in an accident. LSM's culture editors note the one of the film's goals is to tell a story about the people who choose to stay, not leave here.

2. Ilmārs Blumbergs at National Art Museum

On February 26 the Arsenāls hall of the National Art Museum opens up the "It's snowing all the time" (Visu laiku snieg) exhibit by the late Ilmārs Blumbergs (1943-2016). The artist worked on the thirty five paintings featured in the collection for twenty years. Follow half a century in one man's life and live through the history of Latvia, from Stalin's deportations--of which the artist had first-hand experience--to the reinstatement of independence. 

3. Things up in the sky

Both the Academy Award and the Supernova Eurovision preliminaries have something to do with stars. 

On the night from February 28 to February 29 the Forum Cinemas movie theater will host a live broadcast from the 88th Academy Awards--though you'll probably be streaming it at home--in what's become a yearly tradition for Latvia's movie connoisseurs.

While Latvian Television will be broadcasting on February 28 the Supernova song contest where four Latvian stars will sing on the stage, trying to attract the most votes because the one who gets the most advances to represent Latvia in this year's Eurovision. You'll be able to watch it live at 9:25pm here

Fighting for the chance to represent Latvia will be MyradiantU, Marta Ritova, Catalepsia, and Justs, who interestingly enough will also be also celebrating his name day on Sunday.

4. Soloists sing sweet notes

On February 27 the Vienna Classical festival will end at the Lielā ģilde concert hall. The program includes pieces by Alban Berg and Franz Schubert, performed by pianist Diāna Ketlere and violinist Sergey Malov, conducted by Sinfonietta Rīga luminary Normunds Šnē.

While on the evening of February 27 the Splendid Palace will welcome jazz diva China Moses together with the Latvian Radio Bigband. Jazz, blues, and soul music from the 20th century will make sure your evening is well spent, and many praise Moses' ability to take the stage just like one other Moses channeled God to part the sea a while ago.

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