18 November – Latvia’s birthday – marked the beginning of Staro Riga festival, which will continue in the Latvian capital all the way until 21 November.
There are four installation programmes for the festival: the main programme ‘In search for Latvian home feeling’, Baltic Light Chain international programme, Riga carnival installations and a special programme featuring foreign light installations.
Installations of the main programme are located on Brivibas Street (11 November Waterfront to Gertrudes Street). As part of this programme, a special installation has been set up on AB Dam called ‘Gaismu sauca’. This object is best seen from 11 November Waterfront. The façade of the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design has been decorated with ‘Ābolrauša šūpuļdziesma’ installation (authors of this installation are Rija Film Studio, Anderejs Prigičevs, Laima Puntule, Reinis Kalnaellis, Līva Eglīte, Vilnis Kalnaellis and UNTITLED studios).
Liv Square has been decorated with Pavards installation, which offers festival visitors to partake in the creation of the installation.
One of the most impressive and important objects of Staro Riga festival is the audio-visual performance ‘Three Stars’ at the Freedom Monument (authors: Māris Kalve, “Kalvestudio” and “Eventech). «Looking for a feeling of home in Latvian patriotism, this audio-visual performance helps emphasize and highlights the monument’s groups of sculptures, showing the monument as a whole in new light,» – authors describe their work.
Riga carnival programme includes all kinds of objects set up around the city. Authors of those installations are inspired by Staro Riga festival and are friends of this event. They are institutions and companies. Different installations include ‘I’m drawing Riga’ on the façade of the Town Hall, LMT’s new balcony on the Castle of Light, ‘Vehicles in a different light’ on the Latvian Railway History Museum and the ‘Freedom Road’ near the Saeima building. There are 20 distinct objects in this programme.
Organizers of Staro Riga festival invite everyone to create decorations and put them on their windows. Residents who adorn their windows during the festival will be able to register their work on the map of the festival on www.staroriga.lv
All objects participating in the festival are available to see at 18:00-23:00 on 18-21 November.