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Riga 2014 programme of events: May – June

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Location: Esplanade 2014

Time: May 26th – June 26th

The exhibition will feature information and visual materials (photo and video) about the development of private gardens and the people who made them and continue to take care of them.

Dance Goes Out Into Town

Location: Ziemeļblāzma Cultural Castle (Ziemeļblāzmas Street 36, Riga)

Time: May 27th – June 20th

Project ‘Dance Goes Out Into Town’ will have choreographer of Belgian dance company ‘Les Ballets C de la B’ residing in Riga and working, for the length of several weeks, with 10-12 young dance creators and dancers from Latvia developing a performance to be presented in and around the culture house ‘Ziemeļblāzma.’ These performances will be a fresh learning and artistic experience for young artists. The rehearsals and creative process will be open to viewers who will experience an artistic piece and process in making.

ISSP School graduation exhibition

Location: Kaņepes Cultural Centre (Skolas Street 15, Riga)

Time: May 28th – June 8th

This exhibition will feature projects by Latvian photographers graduates of ISSP School: Andris Fedotovs, Daniels Mekšs, Eva Saukāne, Jānis Vēliņš, Katrīna Ķepule, Kristīne Sergejeva, Lauris Aizupietis, Paulis Jakušonoks, Ramona Kalniņa, Sintija Mikanovska-Mikalovska, Velga Kūkuma. Entry free of charge.

Film Programme “Photography in Film”, Feature Film “Rear Window” (U.S., 1954)

Location: Riga Art Space

Time: Thursday, May 29th (18:30)

A professional photographer confined to his wheelchair begins to observe his neighbours through his window, becoming increasingly confident that one of them has committed a murder. One of the most iconic films in the history of cinema that addresses photography and films as media.

Public lecture by Latvian photographers

Location: new building of the Latvian National Library (Mukusalas Street 3, Riga)

Time: Friday, May 30th (18:00)

Four world-class Latvian photographers: Andrejs Grants (1955) – master of black and white photography. Ieva Epnere (1977) – her video and photo work easily fits in contemporary art. Iveta Vaivode (1979) – gained recognition as fashion photographer. Alnis Stakle (1975) – works in different genres, freely employs all kinds of methods of expression.

Exhibition of Sound Art ‘Skan II’

Location: Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia.

Time: May 30th – August 24th

The Botanical Garden and the area around it were chosen to become the platform for “SKAN II” as the idea is to link up the exhibition with Riga wooden architecture – metaphorically, by singling out such places with the help of sound, as well as literally, via artistic audio guides. The first stage of the exhibition (30.05.14–20.06.14) features Signe Liden (Norway), David Helbich (Germany), Pascal Broccolichi (France), Stefan Roigk (Germany), Ytske Blom & Thomas Rutgers (the Netherlands), Peter Bogers (the Netherlands) and Aernoudt Jacobs (Belgium).

Children’s European Carnival

Location: Vermont Garden, Riga

Time: Sunday, June 1st (12:00-18:00)

The Carnival will be a recreational and educational event for families and children, giving them an opportunity to acquaint themselves with various European countries and characters from children’s books written by these countries’ authors. The Carnival area will be divided into several sectors and “representations” of European countries, each lead by the main characters from children’s books who hail from there.

„Organ Music in the Sign of BACH” Opening Concert in Dubulti Evangelical Lutheran Church Location: Dubulti Evangelical Lutheran Church (Baznicas Street 13, Jurmala)

Time: Sunday, June 1st (18:00)

The project “Organ Music under the Sign of BACH” presents the first concert programme: Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Gottfried Müthel; Romualds Jermaks – Introduction and Passacaglia on BACH (premiere), Tālivaldis Ķeniņš – Chorale Cantata. Three organists will perform in the opening concert: organ professor Tālivaldis Deksnis and two young organists who have proved their skill at not only concerts in Latvia and abroad but also at international competitions – Liene Andreta Kalnciema and Diāna Jaunzeme. Also performing in the concert: mixed choir „Sonore”, conducted by Mārtiņš Ozoliņš, soprano Inga Šļubovska, horn player Mārcis Miķelsons and trumpeter Edgars Bārzdiņš.

Children’s music festival „Graduation in the Closet of Wonders”

Location: Sigulda castle open-air concert hall

Time: Sunday, June 1st (12:00)

Children’s music festival “Graduation in the Closet of Wonders” will celebrate the beginning of Summer all day long through different events at the Sigulda castle complex. The program foresees the children’s concert in Sigulda, meeting with “Brīnumskapis” and its guests, as well as other creative activities. The graduation program includes everything to make children happy – singing, playing, rhyming, dancing, molding, painting, exploring and sensing.

Māra Brašmane’s (Latvia) Solo Exhibition “Time of Change”

Location: Torna Street 1, Riga

Photographer Māra Brašmane was working at the Latvian National Museum of Art for twenty years (1984–2004), witnessing collections being moved to new rooms, the creation of the Soviet Latvia exhibition and how it was later moved to the “Arsenāls” exhibition hall, repairs to the White Hall and the opening of the Hege Hall. The exhibition is organised by the Latvian National Museum of Art.

“SOMALIA. Caught Between War and Famine”, a Solo Exhibition by Jan Grarup

Location: Smilšu Street 20, Rīga

The Danish photographer Jan Grarup is known for his photo series from war zones and from African countries tormented by famine, illnesses, and religious and ethnic prejudices. The exhibition in Riga centres on Somalia and its people who have been seeing the horrors of war for over twenty years now. The exhibition is about people caught in a war, between poverty and desperation. Yet the photographer says that Somalis are the greatest and most wonderful people he has ever met. The exhibition is organised by the Danish Institute of Culture.

Exhibition ‘Urban Viewfinders’ – new photography of Baltic and Northern states

Location: Riga Art Space

The exhibition focuses on people trying to find their selves in the contemporary world – the interactions between the private and the public, the local and the global, the mental and the physical. At the same time, the exhibition will look at the trends in contemporary photography as an art practice because, due to the rapid technological development these days, the importance and message of photographic images needs to be re-evaluated. Participating: Lars Tunbjörk (Sweden), Thobias Fäldt& Klara Kallstrom (Sweden, Iceland), Ieva Epnere (Latvia), Ivars Gravlejs (Latvia) and other artists.

Dawid’s solo exhibition “ROST/RUST”

Location: Riga Art Space

Dawid’s career goes back to the 1970s, when critics called him the last representative of modernism and the first representative of post-modernism. The exhibition ROST/RUST, which once prompted heated debates in Sweden and changed the perception of photography as a medium, is one of the most famous series by the artist.

Exhibition “Abroad”

Location: Mūkusalas street 42, Riga

The exhibition “Ārzemes” looks into the transformation of the notion of “abroad”, changes in Latvian artists’ travel habits and destinations, as well as the various intentions, types and even some cultural and political strategies that had a direct effect on the artistic creativity process. The exhibition includes photo series by Ieva Epnere, Ivars Grāvlejs, Reinis Hofmanis and Aļnis Stakle. Organised by the Mūkusala Art Salon.

Iveta Vaivode’s (Latvija) Solo Exhibition „Lap” (Klēpis)

Location: Mūkusalas street 3

Two years ago Iveta Vaivode visited her grandmother Antoņina’s village of Pilceni in Latgale to find the place she had painted in her mind when looking at the photographs from the grandmother’s youth. While trying to find the last vestiges of her family in the village, the author speaks to people who once knew her grandmother. It is through Pilcene residents’ stories that the photographer rediscovers a world long lost. Many of the people she meets continue to live in their very special memories about the past.

Vija Celmins. Double Reality

Location: Art Museum „Rīgas Birža”

Exhibition by Vija Celmiņa curated by Elita Ansone will be open for almost two months. Several paintings, graphic art and drawings will be included. This will be a unique possibility to get to know those works from 1960s including pop-art, photo realism and conceptualism artistic expressions.

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