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Riga Celebration: a look at the programme of events

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe second day of Riga Festival, 15 August, will feature a variety of different cultural and sport events in Vermont Garden, Esplanade, Spikeri Quarter, Lucavsala, the city centre and its surrounding area. The culmination of celebrations will take place at 11 November Waterfront.

In celebration of Riga port’s 815th birthday, all people who come to the special Labdien, Rīga! Event at 11 November Waterfront on 15 August will be able to enjoy a blast from the past and breath of modern age. Visitors can expect to find a contemporary fair, a motorcycle parade and motorcycle stuntman show. In addition, there will be special acrobatics show and much more to see. Throughout the entire day, residents and guests to the city will be able to enjoy musical performances by different musicians at the Heart of Riga concert in the evening at 21:00, as reported by organizers.

On the second day of the celebration, visitors will be able to enjoy an entertaining concert programme. Riga Dome Garden will feature the Mare Balticum concert programme, the Culture Palace will provide visitors its Northern Lights programme. Augusts Dombrovskis’ Peace Port instrumental music programme will play in the garden. Vermont Garden will entertain its visitors with retro music. Origo Summer Stage will feature performances by participants of Song bridges from heart to heart concert event.

Since ancient times fairs are often organized as part of celebrations. This is true for Riga Festival as well. The traditional craft fair will be set up at 11 November Waterfront. In the square near St Peter’s Church visitors will be able to have a look at Riga’s Medieval Fair. The most exquisite atmosphere will be found in Spikeri Quarter, where residents are invited to come to Riga Restaurant.

Families with children are invited to come to Vermont Garden for Riga’s Treasures event – an adventure-rich trip to the ancient and mystical Riga port. Action and competition for all the family will be found at Lucavsala’s children’s event ‘Lucavsala’s little strongman’. Children will be welcome in other locations as well – Maza Kalna Square with its ‘Latvia’s horses then and now’ event, the Water signs porcelain colouring event in the Porcelain Museum. Child creativity events will also be held at ‘Citadele’ port at Republikas Square 2a. Children will most definitely want to see the ancient Viking ship that will be set up at Dome Square, and observe performances by French, Czech and Finnish artists, as well as attend the ‘Wondrous world of chemistry’ in the Pharmacy Museum.

Youngsters and supporters of an active lifestyle will be able to get involved in celebrations and participate in different sport events – basketball, volleyball, beach wrestling. One special sport event to mention is Livonia – Get into Rugby.

The Nissan Norde Cartoon Rally 2015 will have participants compete in home-made vehicles.

Throughout the day visitors of the celebration will be able to enjoy all kinds of entertainment: a trip in a retro tramway, come to Riga plays theatre 2015 café event and enjoy many other interesting and unusual pieces of entertainment all over Riga.

Residents and guests will also be able to have a look at Riga’s historic coats of arms all the way from the 13th century to the modern days.

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