Culture
Latvian Ķelmēni bread feeds soldiers in Afghanistan
In July, the Latvian bakery "Ķelmēni" bread has travelled to the Latvian soldiers in Afghanistan who are carrying out their service duties, head of the bakery Rūta Mūrniece told newspaper Dzirkstele August 14. 
Rīga city festival starts today
On Friday, August 14, the Riga Festival - the capital's 819th birthday celebrations - will begin with a concert from legendary musician and composer Raimonds Pauls, themed walks, sports activities, a show for children and several musical events.
Baltic Sea Docs films will be shown online free
From September 1 to 6, the film screening of the annual Baltic Sea Docs Forum will take place. Films will be shown in sessions in Riga, as well as online throughout Latvia free of charge on the portal filmas.lv, said Ieva Lange, spokeswoman for the Baltic Sea Docs, August 10.
Three for the Weekend: Festivals galore
August has always been festival month - no exception this year, despite the unusual circumstances. Festivals and events for different audiences will spice up this weekend. Check some out!
Latvian documentary travels the world by firetruck
Latvian traveler Harijs Sils, continuing what his friend Valdis Brants had started, covered more than 100,000 kilometers across five continents and 51 countries - all by firetruck. Documentary about his adventures "Robežu gūstā" (Border Captivity) is coming to Latvian cinemas already on Friday, Latvian Television reported August 6.
Lower-key Rīga city festival planned for August 14-16
Despite the ongoing pandemic and looming extraodinary municipal elections at the end of August, plans to hold a Rīga city festival this year have not been shelved, though the celebrations will be of a more restrained nature than in some recent years, the caretaker administration of the Latvian capital announced July 29. 
Film "Blizzard of Souls" goes to UK and China
Director Dzintars Dreibergs' historical war drama “Blizzard of Souls” from July 24 will be shown in cinemas in 12 UK cities. The film is also included in the upcoming program of the Shanghai International Film Festival in late July, the filmmakers said July 22.
Architectural history: Riga School of Design and Art 
Riga School of Design and Art is where Riga's visual future is born. Here, artists who will go on to create the aesthetics that surround us are developing their skills. But the building which creates the future has itself been shaped by a vivid past.
Architectural history: Kalnciema Street
Kalnciema Street on the left bank of the River Daugava in Riga is one of the city's hotspots of culture and entertainment, with markets, pubs, events and concerts all year round. Some fifteen years ago, though, it was in a poor state and set to be demolished. How did it come to be the buzz it is now?
Latvian Architecture Award seeks submissions
The Latvian Architects Union (LAS) calls for submissions for the 'Latvian Architecture Award 2020' (LAGB)  by September 4 2020, representatives of the Latvian Architects Union said on July 13.
Baltic Sea Docs selects five Latvian film projects
The international documentary forum Baltic Sea Docs has just concluded its application selection, which this year includes 24 film projects from 16 countries, of which 5 projects come from Latvia, said Ieva Lange, spokeswoman for Baltic Sea Docs, on July 13.
Question marks over major Catholic feast this year
Tens of thousands of pilgrims are to walk to Aglona, eastern Latvia, for the annual Virgin Mary Ascension celebration held on August 15, but not surprisingly it's unclear how the celebration will be held during the spread of the novel coronavirus, reported LTV.
Manor house in Latvia on sale for €1
Living like an aristocrat in Latvia's Vidzeme cultural region can be quite inexpensive, as the Lielā muiža manor in Madliena parish is on sale just for €1, reported LTV July 7.
Film festival 2ANNAS calls for applications
The Riga International Short Film Festival “2ANNAS”, which will take place next year from April 9 to 15, calls for film applications, the festival's representatives said on July 1.
Check the weather! Popular Midsummer beliefs
Midsummer is the peak of summer - daylight is as long as it gets. Latvians have long determined it to be an important time to observe weather and predict the harvest, autumn and winter weather.
The essential Latvian Midsummer celebration
The Midsummer celebration of June 23-24 - Jāņi - is almost upon us again. But if you are new to this festival which makes Christmas pale into insignificance, or if you just happen to be in the country and wonder why everyone is behaving strangely, here are a few pointers to get you up to speed.
Latvian Midsummer films wherever you are
As Midsummer approaches, the National Film Center (NKC) is offering 10 films on the website filmas.lv to be accessible for free all over the world, NKC said on June 18.