Rīga has finished celebrating its 819th birthday


As every year, the capital city’s birthday was celebrated with Rīga City Festival where residents and visitors had the opportunity to go for leisurely walks, become acquainted with Rīga, visit some of the city’s suburbs, encounter popular artists and performers, go on tours with their friends, enjoy the hospitality of the city’s restaurants and cafés, as well as take part in sporting activities.

This year, festivalgoers had a choice of over 70 events in a multitude of locations to choose from – the city’s streets, parks and squares, the canal banks, multi-apartment block courtyards and culture centres. Alongside many of the traditional and popular events, this year the festival offered new experiences – themed walks and floating concerts. Following the end of the state of emergency in the country, the residents showed great interest in having a festival to celebrate. Following the government defined epidemiological safety measures, many of the events allowed only a limited number of participants, but there were also activities that anyone could take part in – themed walks, orienteering games and educational tours, as well as urban exhibitions. The festival also featured events that could be seen live on the big screen in Dome Square and on TV.

As the festivities drew to a close, Māris Krastiņš, the Director of Riga City Council’s Education, Culture and Sports Department said: “We would like to extend a special thanks to the festival programme creators and coordinators, the safety and security staff and every festivalgoer for their part in celebrating the capital city’s 819th birthday safely and joyfully”.