Latvia Weekend Events: Running for something

There's a lot to run for, from, and towards, as one catchy song seems to confirm. And running is what you're encouraged to do in this weekend's event guide brought to you by LSM's culture editors.

Run for Rozentāls

Birthday boy Janis Rozentāls has a lot going on for him, and there's even a running celebration in his hometown of Saldus, which LSM's folk sports expert Matīss Vecvagaris says features several strong runners. There are even modest cash prizes for the winners. It takes place on March 19.

While the St. John's Saldus Lutheran Church on March 18 will resound with the "Rozentāls' colors in music" concert at 6 p.m. It'll feature renowned Latvian National Opera soloist Laura Grecka, mixed choir Saldava, as well as pupils and teachers of the Saldus Music School.

Here's Rozentāls' Woman with a Fan, a painting that ought to cool you down after the long run.

Run for Liepāja

Despite the town's steelworks slated to be 'conserved', whatever that means, it's still teeming with activity, and if you run fast enough you can still make it to the city for its 391th birthday on March 18.

At 8 p.m. guests are invited to the Great Amber hall to celebrate with the band Tumsa, which will coincidentally be celebrating its 25th year below the sun. 

The festivities will continue into the evening and feature fireworks and probably revelry well into the night.

Running water

Each year on March 22 the World Water Day 2016 is celebrated over the world, and has been since 1996 in Latvia. However there'll be an event before then too.

On March 19 the Ķemeri National Park will feature information on whence water is coming and whither it's headed. It will feature stories, music, practical experiments and more water-related things. Contacts: Ieva Lazda, 26577265, [email protected]

While if you want to run, you can at 6 a.m. Sunday - when spring is supposed to start - join the company that will be seeking the source of the Strenčupīte at Jercēni in Valka. Contacts: Rūta Zepa, tālr. 26361362, e-pasts: [email protected] 

Run for fashion

Though it's said they suffer for fashion, you can run for it too. The Fashion Manifestation at the H2O Architecture and Media Center at the RISEBA university will on March 18 at 7 p.m. feature shows by both leading and up-and-coming fashion designers. 

The manifestation will manifest away on March 19 with a children's fashion show at 3 p.m. 

And last but not least, the equally fashionable band Oranzas Brivdienas will be celebrating its sweet sixteen at Fontaine Palace in Liepāja on the evening of March 19, with a rare guest appearance by Lietotas Mēbeles No Holandes. 

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