The White Night is traditionally held in autumn, and this year will take place on the night of 6–7 September.
“Night turns many things around. The Sun, which illuminates by day, is replaced by the Moon, which gladly displays itself on the night sky’s captivating backdrop, and, just like in a Georges Méliès movie, transforms into a humane being capable of unexpected grimaces. Darkness allows the imagination to unfold, while the city provides countless reference points,” art critic Vilnis Vējš describes this year’s White Night programme.
This year once again the arrival of darkness can be awaited in Old Riga: a large-scale contemporary video art exhibition from the private collection of Julia Stoschek (Germany) will be displayed at Riga Art Space below Town Hall Square. Festival Survival Kit performances organised by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art will revive the hitherto dormant Wagner Concert Hall, while unique amateur cinematic pieces about daily Soviet Riga life will find a voice through jazz and young Poetry Days participants in the Small Guild courtyard. The Anglican Church will house Skaņu mežs, the Association for Adventurous Music and Related Arts, this year introducing experimental French music, while refined Bahian singing will fill St. Peter’s Church.
Then the night’s stroll disperses into all directions of Riga’s suburbs. Along with the active Spīķeri district (whose programme will be developed by the Centre for New Media Culture RIX-C, the Contemporary Art Centre kim? and Independent Theatre Dirty Deal Teatro), the new National Library will also introduce itself as an important epicentre of events, the imposing architecture of which will resonate with the radio NABA project “Videographies”. Chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Riga will perform their own vision of White Night at the newly-opened Concert Hall Riga of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Italian artist Grazia Toderi’s monumental video installation “The Red Orbits” will be displayed at the Floating Art Centre NOASS.