Rīga City Festival will begin with a concert of thanks, themed events in the suburbs and culture centres


On Friday, August 14, Rīga City Festival will begin with a concert of thanks “For my Rīga”, themed walks, sporting activities, a performance for children and several music events for the capital city’s 819th birthday celebrations.

Rīga City Festival 2020 will begin with a Raimonds Pauls concert programme “For my Rīga”, which will be a thank you for the selfless and professional work carried out in response to Covid-19 prevention and restriction measures. Employees of Rīga’s institutions are invited to the concert – medical staff, the police force, social workers, firefighters, border guards and others. The concert will feature music that has been composed as a special gift by the Maestro to Rīga, as well as familiar and popular pieces by the composer. The concert recording will be screened on August 16, at 21:10, on LTV1.

On Friday, residents and visitors to the city will be able to enjoy several music events. During the day, the 50th season of the Open Air Museum’s annual market’s travelling open air party will take place in Rīga centre and the suburbs, featuring Dixieland music. Early music concert “A musical journey to ancient Rīga” will be performed in the Small Guild, by soloists and instrumentalists, while at VEF Culture Palace, jazz concert “A stroll through the paths of the history of jazz” will be performed by orchestra “Rīga”. A holiday feel will be provided throughout the city by “Rīga Jūrmala” festival musical evenings, which from Friday may be heard at Kronvalda Park. Concerts will be performed at Mazjumprava Manor, and events will also take place on the pedestrianised Tērbatas Street. A drawing theatre performance for the whole family “7 stories about Ņukucis”will take place at Imanta Culture Centre.

From the first day of the festival, people will be able to enjoy and take part in themed walks. Families with children will be able to go for a longer walk around Old Town, while taking part in an educational game where anyone can be a winner and receive the Old Town expert pin. Visitors are invited to enjoy the virtual cinema tour, which will introduce them to those places which have featured in legendary films and where Latvian and foreign film stars have been filmed.

Rīga’s birthday celebrations, as ever, are a way of watching and becoming involved in sporting activities. Anyone will be able to test their sporting ability in endurance tests and competitions in Uzvaras Park in the event “A healthy spirit in a healthy Rīga”. Sports fans will be able to watch exciting skate park competitions featuring top class Baltic sportsmen and women at the “Rīga Skate Park Cup 2020”, and cheer for the participants of the windsurfing “Baltic Challenge Cup”.

To mark the capital city’s birthday, information stands will be situated throughout Rīga’s historic centre and suburbs with an exhibition “On this site … years ago”. The windows of the Latvian National Archives will display the exhibition “A time machine through Old Town Rīga” and an urban installation “Imanta awakes” can be seen in Imanta, near the culture centre.

The festival organisers ask that event visitors observe the government defined restrictions and recommendations of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control with regard to Covid-19. In order to ensure epidemiological safety, it is possible that not all visitors will be able to attend all of the events. The organisers would also like to remind visitors that several of the festival events may be accessed only on presenting a free ticket, which will limit the amount of participants. Let’s celebrate responsibly!