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Midsummer "Ligo!" night to be celebrated riverside in Old Town

16.06.2011 | LETA

For the second year in a row, the Riga City Council is providing the opportunity for residents and tourists to celebrate Midsummer "Ligo!" night in Old Town between Akmens and Vansu bridges June 23.

For the second year in a row, the Riga City Council is providing the opportunity for residents and tourists to celebrate Midsummer "Ligo!" night in Old Town between Akmens and Vansu bridges June 23.

Last year's celebration downtown was a success, evidently a welcome alternative to the traditional travel and gatherings in rural locations.

As the city council reports, the riverside area will be transformed with garlands and boughs, long tables and huge bonfires. Much song and dance, to be sure, and a multitude of other attractions all night long.

Riga City Council is also organizing a second city "Ligo!" night celebration across the river at Dzeguzkalns in Pardaugava.

Ilga Reizniece and the popular post-folklore group "Ilgi" will teach and perform the traditional Midsummer songs - most with the "Ligo!" refrain. This is just one of the events on the long bill.

July 23 and 24, public transportation in Riga will be fare-free.

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