Autumn breeze has been whirling through Latvia - but don't let it scare you! Here are some events indoors and outdoors for a beautiful weekend.
The Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) will bring together local and international audiences for the ninth time this year, and organizers have now relased the full festival program, which is divided into 12 sections and 6 competitions. It is available on the festival website: rigaiff.lv.
Though the autumn has come unusually quickly, do not let it deter you from seeking some cultural enjoyment.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia has included documentary film director Vitaly Mansky, who has been living in Latvia for several years, on its list of persons wanted for alleged crimes.
Detailed data on consumer price developments for cultural goods and services were published by Eurostat September 7, showing the change in the average annual rate of selected indices of cultural goods and services in EU countries between 2016 and 2021 and between 2020 and 2021. The Baltic states emerged as the countries experiencing some of the fastest price growth in the cultural sector.
For those who are starting the new academic year or simply feeling the autumn chill, here are a few events to remind you that summer is still present somehow.
The 9th Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF), which this year will take place October 13-23, will include a look at contemporary Ukrainian culture and its processes with a FOCUS ON UKRAINE program.
It is indeed the final weekend of August. Whether it's back to school or not, there's always that feeling about the end of summer. Make the most of it!
The 9th Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF), which will take place from 13 to 23 October this year has announced its opening night film: My Love Affair with Marriage by US-based Latvian animator Signe Baumane.
As usual, the 'birthday' of Latvia's capital city Rīga is celebrated at the end of August, this being the 821st birthday. We offer some events in Rīga this weekend for you to enjoy.
For the eighth year, the University of Latvia (LU) organized the "Summer School of Latvian Language and Culture" for everyone who is interested to improve their Latvian language skills and expand their knowledge of Latvian history, art, and folklore. Despite the pandemic, foreigners' interest in the course has not dwindled, Latvian Radio reported on August 14.
The title “Youth Capital of Latvia 2023” has been awarded to the municipality of Bauska, the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) said on August 12.
According to a survey conducted by Rīga City Council and the research agency Norstat Latvia, 74% of Latvian residents say they lack knowledge about the history and cultural heritage of Riga neighborhoods, while 67% would like cultural events to develop outside the city center, Rīga City Council said in a release August 11.
This weekend, Latvia hosts festivals particularly targeted at the youth to celebrate the International Youth Day on August 12, along with activities to be enjoyed by everyone.
How about trying a contemporary, experimental fix of art this weekend?
As high summer arrives, what better excuse could there be to get out of Rīga (if that's where you happen to be!) and discover the friendly attractions of Latvia's smaller towns and cities. Here are three places that are all celebrating special festivals this weekend.
City festivals are continuing as July progresses, so if you didn't manage to catch any last weekend, there are still plenty to go.
Until July 28, residents can vote for “Youth capital of Latvia 2023”, the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) told newswire LETA on July 20.
Many cities choose to hold their town festivals in the middle of July. Pick one or two and enjoy events all weekend long.
On the morning of July 13, the well-known cinema scientist Viktors Freibergs (28/09/1955–13/07/2022) passed away, according to the family's entry on social media.
This weekend, we offer a selection of events up in Vidzeme – from mental health to music and art.
With the pandemic and travel restrictions, local tourism has picked up like never before. According to a survey, over 80% of residents visit sightseeing locations in Latvia at least once a year. In hopes of further improving the figures, Culture Ministry issued a guide 'The Discovered Latvia' on July 6, including over 60 cultural and natural heritage objects of Latvia.
From July 6 to 10, 2022, more than 250 folklore groups and ethnographic ensembles will meet at the international folklore festival Baltica.
There's plenty to see and do in Latvia this weekend, but if you need a few ideas, here's a trio of suggestions.
Midsummer has long been determined as a magical time for Latvians – the time to consider one's future wealth, love life, and fortune.
As Midsummer approaches, the National Film Center (NKC) is offering six films on the website filmas.lv to be accessible for free all over the world, NKC said on June 22.
Over the next three months, Latvian cultural space will be filled with lots of music, arts, and recreation festivals. LSM's Latvian language service rounded up the main events to look out for before the pandemic wave strikes again.
The Latvian traditional midsummer festival is coming next week, but you can already begin celebrating over the weekend.
The Walt Disney Company streaming service “Disney +” is available in Latvia from Tuesday, June 14, the company's representatives said.