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

Ķemeri National Park was founded in 1997 to preserve natural, cultural and historical values of the area as well as to protect the formation processes of mineral waters and curative mud. The Park is home to several plant species included in the Red Book of Latvia; protected bird species, e.g., White-tailed Eagle, Eagle Owl, Black Stork, Crane, as well as other rare animals. 3 eco routes have been established in the Park – boardwalk in Kemeri Raised Bog (closed for technical reasons!), boardwalk in Black Alder swamp and walking trail near LakeSlokas. These can be explored both – on your own and in the company of a guide.

Rare and endangered plant species and rare European birds such as White-tailed eagle, eagle-owls, black storks and cranes, as well as different rare animals can be found in Ķemeri National Park. Wild horses and cows can be watched in Dunduru meadows. Several eco-trails are developed in the park.

Getting there: 

Transport: train Riga – Ķemeri or Riga – Tukums to the station „Ķemeri”; minibus No.10 (Bulduri – Ķemeri) or bus Nr.6 (Sloka – Ķemeri) till the bus stop “Meža Māja”.

  • Languages spoken: 
    • English
    • German
    • Latvian
    • Russian
  • Creative workshops
  • Exhibitions
  • Guide service available
  • Seminars and conferences
Amenities and Features: 
  • Access for disabled people
  • Free parking
  • WC

On the right bank of river Lielupe, near river Buļļupe, in the middle of 18th century a 15 – 17 metres high dune outcrop formed. White Dune is one of the most beautiful Jūrmala’s protected nature objects.

Ragakāpa is an 800m long and 100m wide naturally born dune. Very old pine stands (approximately 340 years), as well as rare plant and bird species are found in the park. There are benches, informative signs and boards, sight platforms on the trail.

In 1910 for the donated money, the first Gardening school in Latvia was founded. The school was opened in Bulduri, on a territory of the historical centre of Bulduri manor. In 1911 the first school building was settled. By the beginning of World War I a remarkable household was created here – the garden had 200 species of fruit-trees, as well as carrots, tomatoes and corn were cultivated.

Now it is possible to view gracious avenues of rhododendrons and flower-beds, grown by students and teachers of the school. A museum of the school is open for visitors upon request. 

After serious reconstruction, Ķemeri bog trail is now again open and offers fabulous walk along wooden planks through an intact raised bog. Footbridge will take you into the kingdom of moss, pine trees, pools and lakes. If you are careful, you will see insectivorous plant – sundew, as well as a variety of birds - bog sandpipers, white wagtail, wood pipit, but perhaps you will hear a crane somewhere in a distance. Shorter walk lovers can go over the small circle of the footbridge, while others can explore the big circle, and the biggest prize will be a sightseeing platform, which offers a spectacular view of the swamp landscape from above.

Varied walking trail with 5 different sport elements equipped with informative stands telling about Sloka Lake’s surrounding and its natural and historical values. Sulphur springs places available for visitors.  Length of the route is 3.1 km but you can vary it according to your wishes. The beginning and the end of the trail is at the bank of Sloka Lake, in place for parking and picnicking. Here is also placed a 7m high sightseeing tower where you can see all the lake. This is a perfect place for bird watching.