Famous poets' summer house goes under the hammer
The Jūrmala City Council auctioned off the summer house on 4 Salacas Street, known as Pēperkoku Cottage, that used to belong to Latvian poetry legends Rainis and Aspazija for a starting price of almost 39,000 euros, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 26.
Global jazz stars of the future to take to Rīga stage in April
More than 30 jazz performers from 17 countries around the world have applied to take part in this year's international jazz talent competition Riga Jazz Stage 2020, which will take place from April 2 to 4 this year at the Splendid Palace cinema in Riga, organizers said January 24.
2020 Festival highlights in Latvia
Latvia has no shortage of festivals scheduled to take place in 2020. Here is a selection of some of the best to mark in your diary over the coming months.
You don't have to speak about death - join the “Ars Moriendi” conversation
The “Ars Moriendi” festival, which will be held in the spring at the University of Latvia and include an international scientific conference as well as a cultural programme, will take on various unpopular topics associated with ageing and death in western society, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on January 17.
Three for the weekend in Latvia: history, lights and crafts
We've all had plenty of sitting around and eating and drinking over the holidays, so now it's time to get up, go out and do something active this weekend! Whether by yourself, with family or with friends, Latvia has plenty of events on offer this weekend. Here are a few fun activities you should definitely check out.
"Blizzard of Souls" breaks domestic box-office records
In the five weeks since it release, director Dzintars Dreibergs' movie "Blizzard of Souls" (Dvēseļu putenis) has become the most-watched film since the restoration of Latvian independence, according to movie websites “Uz kino” and “Kinopunkts”, reported LSM's Latvian language site December 16.
Watch online: Centenary celebrations forum
December 11 sees a conference taking place at the Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel in Rīga in which participants will discuss the ways in which Latvia marked its centenary in 2018 and the ways in which the centenary will continue to be marked in future.
Conductor Mariss Jansons dies aged 76
At the age of 76, the outstanding orchestral conductor Mariss Jansons has passed away, reported Latvian Radio 3 "Klasika" December 1, following foreign media reports that Jansons passed away on November 30 at his home in St. Petersburg.