Riga City Festival continues with the Livonian Day, entertainment for children, cultural and sports events


On the third day of Riga City Festival, on August 18th, visitors are welcome at the Livonian Day in Dzegužkalns, at family activities in Vērmanes Garden, at the cinema pavilion in the park of Culture Palace “Ziemeļblāzma”, as well as at several concerts, exhibitions, festival’s fairs, sports activities and at 11.novembra krastmala for the event “City Tales. Our Tales”.

There will be an exciting programme for the whole family at the event “Garden of Fairy Tales” in Vērmanes Garden on Sunday. Tales and stories, as well as tricks and magical wonders will take place in the performance tent, there will be performances by theatre troupes and different trick performers, and street circus artists Mr. Banana from Germany and Horn man from Belgium will show of their skills.

On Sunday, the event “City Tales. Our Tales” will take place at 11.novemra krastmala. Throughout the day different Riga’s tales will be played out and everyone will be able to actively participate, meanwhile duo “Signe un Jānis” and band “The Originals” will perform on stage. It will also be possible to watch the great dance performance “The Tale of Riga’s Hills” performed by folk dance collectives “Teiksma”, “Ačkups” and “Vektors” and choir “Anima”. Afterwards, it will be a time of absolute freedom on the big stage with DJ Ex [Da] Bass – street dancing, shuffle and board demonstrations. Performances by Riga circus studio “Jaunība” will be showcased with accompanying music. The smaller visitors will particularly enjoy the magnificent Giant Puppet and Talisman Parade. The programme will be concluded with musical performances by band “Dziļi violets”. Visitors will also have the opportunity to shop at the craftsmen’s fair at 11.novembra krastmala.

There will be a special atmosphere in Dzegužkalns, where the IV Livonian Song Celebration “Līvõd lōlõd pivād” will take place. The Livonian Day will start with activities for children and a late brunch outdoors in a Livonian atmosphere. Throughout the day everyone will have a chance to learn some words in Livonian and to act out Livonian legends in various activities.

On the third day of the Festival, visitors will have the opportunity to go to several concerts. Everyone is welcome at the concerts of concert cycle “Musical Legends of Old Riga” at which baroque music by relevant European composers will be played. As every year, listeners are also invited to the concerts of concert cycle “Song Bridges” on Origo Summer Stage, on which, this year, on the third day of the Festival, singers of different generation will join in songs together.

There will be a nice event in the park of the Culture Palace “Ziemeļblāzma” where a filming pavilion will operate and visitors will get a chance to experience the atmosphere of a film set, as well as to become film actors. But in the evening a game called “Cinema Music” will be organized with musical performances by singing actors and the screening of the film “Motorcycle Summer” (“Motociklu vasara”). On Sunday, in the park territory there will also be performances “Bomberos” and “Happy Hour” by clown group Squadra Sua from Riga’s friendship city – Prague.

Families with children on the third day of the Festival will be welcome in Esplanāde. There at the event “Latvian Craftsmen for Children” everyone will be able to buy Latvian made goods for children and wares made by craftsmen – developmental toys, board games, toys for active recreation, design objects and children’s clothes, as well as watch the Giant Puppet and Talisman Festival and its Parade to 11.novembra krastmala.

On the last day of the celebration there will also be several sports activities, including Beach Games’ competitions in various disciplines, event Skating Madness in Kurbads ice hall, Rowing Festival and others.

Festival visitors are also welcome at fairs, exhibitions, the new culture and art space “Hanzas perons”, events on Klostera Street, in Eduards Smiļģis Theatre Museum and at Book Street.