01.08 - 03.08.2014

The scenic Latvian town of Sigulda, Riga’s regional partner during the European Capital of Culture year, will once again delight music lovers with its annual Opera Music Festival, which always gathers many local and international opera stars.

XXII Sigulda Opera Music Festival
  • XXII Sigulda Opera Music Festival

The three-day XXII International Sigulda Opera Festival will take place from August 1 to 3 in the historical ruins of Sigulda Castle.

The special charm of the event is created by the fact that opera productions and concerts will be held on the open-air stage that is situated in the middle of the well-preserved medieval architectural monument, with a spectacular natural backdrop.

The festival’s opening concert on August 1 at 19.00, called "From Latvian to World Classics" will take place at the New Sigulda Castle Garden, and will feature musical performances by pianist Gints Bērziņš, violinist Raimonds Ozols and clarinetist Mārtiņš Circenis, as well as performances by the sought-after Latvian vocalists Kalvis Kalniņš and Jolanta Strikaite, as well as special guest from Mexico Liene Camarena.

The next day August 2 at 15.00, there will be a special concert for families with children, featuring puppet performances. In the evening at 21.00, an original open-air performance of Georges Bizet’s opera "Carmen" will take place.The main role of "Carmen" will be performed by French mezzo-soprano Clementine Margaine, the role of "Don Jose" will be performed by French opera singer Phillipe Do, "Escamillo" will be performed by Pierre Yves Pruvot (France), while the role of "Micaela" will be performed by Latvia’s own opera star Maija Kovaļevska. Supporting roles: Viktorija Vatutina, Kristine Gailite, Olga Jakovleva, Juris Adamsons, Andris Lapins, Krisjanis Norvelis, Kalvis Kalnins. Directed by Edmunds Freibergs. Conductor: Vladimir Kiradjiev. Latvian National Symphony orchestra and festival choir.

As in previous years, the final day of the Sigulda Opera Festivalon August 3 will be opened by a spiritual music concert at the Sigulda Evangelical Lutheran Church in the afternoon at 13.00. The festival’s gala concert will take place in the evening at Sigulda Castle at 17.00, which will feature Argentinean super-star Marcelo Alvarez (tenor). Gala concert spectators will also hear baritone Vittorio Vitelli (Italy), Iano Tamar (Georgia), Philippe Do (France), Krišjānis Norvelis, Olga Jakovļeva and many others. Music will be conducted by Vladimir Kiradjiev and performed by the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and the festival choir.

New Sigulda Castle Garden
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Last updated: 31.07.2014
18.07 - 20.07.2014

The 8th annual music and performing art festival in the Baltics, will once again be held in the coastal town of Salacgriva from July 18 to 20 this year.  

The three-day festival will once again feature some of the world’s top rock, indie and intelligent pop musicians, as well as many local acts from the Baltics.

The festival will gather many international music stars, like, for example, electronic music pioneers "Krafwerk", British pop-singer Ellie Goulding, English vocalist and guitarist Ann Calvi, as well as many other local and foreign musicians.

"Positivus" bestows a delicious mix of musical genres and an inimitable atmosphere upon the 30,000 that pass through its gates every year. The breathtaking scenery of the festival's location, set in the woods next to the beach of a beautiful coastal town, together with a friendly and open crowd makes it a different experience even for experienced festival-goers.


The 24th Nordea Riga Marathon, which has gained wide recognition in Europe, will be held on an internationally certified course, with its start and finish on the 11th of November Embankment.

Becoming part of the European Capital of Culture events programme, this year Nordea Riga Marathon will include Brivibas Street in its route. The symbolic Brivibas Street Cultural Kilometre, or the section between Stabu Street and the Old Town, will include a special music and performance programme which will show off the central street from a culturally different point of view.


 “Viatore”, which means “traveller”, is a project made up of students from the music acadmies of Copenhagen, Oslo, Vilnius and Riga. Every year the orchestra travels to a different country presenting Nordic and Baltic culture, introducing the rich cultural heritage and contemporary music from this region.

04.04., 18:00 - Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music

05.04., 18:00 - Baltais flīģelis in Sigulda

Jāzepa Vītola Latvijas Mūzikas akadēmija, Koncertzāle “Baltais flīģelis”, Siguldā

Built from wood in 1893. Architect - V.Lunsky. Rich woodcarving centrepiece on the facade. It is the oldest Ķemeri church that according to legends is built without using any nail.

Amenities and Features: 
  • Access for disabled people
  • Free parking

In the beginning of 20 century there was a summer residence which burnt down. Later on a small shop was constructed there, that in 1930 was re-arranged as a warehouse of beer factory “Iļģuciems”. In 1950 it was a grocery shop, later a pub "Sencis". In 1996 the building was reconstructed for the restaurant. 

Sunday09:00 - 17:00

On 7 September, between 9.00 am and 17.00 pm, the event will take place in the heart of Sigulda – the Celebration Square, as well as the rest of the city.

It is expected that around 6000 cyclists will take part in the event, most of which will be individuals, who enjoy active recreation and environment, who consider cycling as a great form of recreation after work or studies. Among the participants will also be many modern cyclists, who will match their clothing style to the theme of the event.

Under this year’s banner "Riga: European Captal of Culture", the annual "Nordea" Riga Marathon will open with the "Freedom Run" on Riga’s main street – Brīvības. The theme this year for the Run and the Marathon overall is "Running With A Song".

A special cultural programme awaits Marathon contenders of all distances on Brīvības from Stabu Street to Old Town, providing an opportunity for them to enjoy the event from the cultural, historic and entertainment angle.

"Nordea" Riga Marathon’s new track will retain the familiar and favourite start and finish lines on the riverside thoroughfare 11. Novembra krastmala, and along the way, Eksporta, Hanzas, Elizabetes, Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica Boulevard, Kaļķu Street, Vanšu Bridge, Krišjāņa Valdemāra Street, Ķīpsala, and Krasta Street.

Runners have their choice of four distances: marathon (42km 195m), half-marathon (21 km 097.5 m), 10 km and/or 5 km.

Brīvības street - from Stabu Street to Old Town

On 11 August, at the opening of the 10th jubilee festival "Summertime - Inese Galante presents", the special honour to "Riga 2014", Mozart’s "Requiem" - prayer for the Baltic Sea, will be played.

Inese Galante (soprano, Latvia), tenor Andreas Schager (bass, Austria), Egils Siliņš (bass, Latvia), mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenber (Sweden) and Evelino Pido (Italy), as well as the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, will take part in the performance.

Dzintari Concert Hall

During the project, "Organ music in the sign of BACH" ("Ērģeļmūzika BACH zīmē"), in Dubulti Evangelical Lutheran Church, the premiere of the new trilogy’s part for Dubulti, composed by Rihards Dubra.

This concert series (Latvian: "Ērģeļmūzika Baha zīmē") in 2014 co-joins three churches in Latvia – Dubulti Evangelical, Riga Dome Cathedral and Liepaja Holy Trinity. From May to September, new works will be premiered there, making up a new series - "Latvian Trilogy for Organ".

The project will bring together more than 20 organists, as well as quire, soloists, individual musicians and Latvian National Symphony orchestra.

Dubulti Evangelical Lutheran Church