Riga has numerous ways of celebrating their tradition and culture. One of them is through festival celebrations, most of which celebrates their rich music, film, and arts possessions.
Here are some of Riga’s festivals you can attend to:
Riga Opera Festival
The Riga Opera Festival was one of the first, large-scale opera festivals to be held in Northern Europe and has become an eagerly awaited, annual event by both Latvian audiences and opera-lovers from abroad.
Every summer, the festival marks the end of the Latvian National Opera’s performance season with an overview of the best moments of the previous year, offering fans a chance to relive their favorite scenes or see what they’ve missed.
The high quality of the opera’s productions (including its innovative stage design) has been noted outside of the country, and has helped the opera to draw brilliant guest conductors and soloists to Riga.
Latvian Song and Dance Festival
Held every five years of summer is the Latvian Song and Dance Festival. It is known to be the mother festival of them all when it comes to huge events in Riga. The festival is over a century old, and is as much a celebration of Latvian pride as it is of music – though the music consists of huge choirs and dance groups singing and dancing their hearts out, as well as a large number of art exhibitions, parades and also some contemporary rock and pop concerts taking place.
The name says it all. Chamber Music Festival “Winterfest” offers a way to keep warm during the cold winter months of November to February while listening to beautiful chamber music from some of the world’s most renowned composers and performers.
Arsenals Film Festival
September is the month for the largest film festival in Riga, the International Film Festival “Arsenals.” The festival in its current incarnation includes the Forum International Competition Screening, the Baltic Film Competition (films from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia), the Retrospective Screenings, the World cinema Panorama, and special thematic programs.
Bach Music Festival
This music festival celebrates the German composer and organist’s works in an event lasting over a month and involving numerous concerts by esteemed musicians. Bach Music Festival is held from the month February till March.
Autumn Chamber Music Days
Usually held on months of September up to October is The International Festival “Autumn Chamber Music Days”. It features a month of chamber music performances in some of the most beautiful halls in the city.
Explore more the unique culture of Riga via these festivals held all year round.