World premiere of three one-act ballets with music by Latvian composers.

Latvian National Opera
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At the a, Riga, as the 2014 European Culture Capital, presents the world premiere of three one-act ballets with music by the distinguished Pēteris Vasks, Rihards Dubra and Georgs Pelēcis.

Choreography by three acclaimed artists – Demis Volpi, Mario Radacovsky and Tim Rushton. Performed by the Latvian National Ballet company with orchestra.

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Organised as a Riga-European Capital of Culture event, the Riga Film Museum on April 22 opens a new exhibition titled  “Film Trophies”/"Kino trofejas".

Here is a look  at the policy and reality of the film-making industry in Latvia right after WWII. Also – style and trends of architecture for movie houses during this era.

In tandem with the exhibit, in the "Splendid Palace" cinema, a special programme of films from 1940-50.

Riga Film Museum
30.04 - 30.10.2014

The former KGB building on Brīvības Street in midtown Riga has been vacant and dormant for many years now.

This spring, with Riga being the 2014 European Capital of Culture, the idea to revitalize this space will come to fruition with story-telling, discussion, exhibits and various artistic endeavours – all meant to counter the ominous atmosphere.

"Corner House"

April 18 at 19.00 in St.John’s, the culmination of the concert series "Bach.Passion.Riga" will be the dramatic vocal-instrumental work “St.John’s Passion”.

The performers – Latvian Radio Choir, “Concerto Copenhagen” Orchestra, Danish conductor Lars Ulrik Mortenssen, and top notch guest soloists.

The series of Bach's works are presented on three consecutive Fridays before Easter in three largest churches in Riga.

St.John’s Church

April 11 at 19.00, the Latvian Radio Choir, Riga Dome Boys Choir and one of the finest interpreters of Baroque music in Europe – the Swiss orchestra "Les Passions de l'Ame", with an outstanding line-up of solo singers, perform the monumental "St. Matthew's Passion".

A "Riga - European Capital of Culture" event; a concert series of sacred music three Fridays ahead of Easter.

St.Peter's Church

Ahead of the Easter holiday, Riga’s largest venues host sacred music’s significant passions, with the first concert set for April 4 in Dome Cathedral.

"Sinfonietta Rīga", Latvian Radio Choir, conductor Sigvards Kļava and the finest Baroque soloists perform the little-known "St Mark Passion” of J. S. Bach, and Ēriks Ešenvalds’ "St Luke Passion” – composed especially for this concert.

Riga Dome Cathedral
11.04 - 22.06.2014
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Exhibition of Vija Celmins' works at the Riga Bourse Art Museum represent American art from the 1960s to present day.

The ocean, the desert, stars and spider webs have been the subject of the artist's works for decades. On display are paintings, drawings and graphic art. The collection from this world-famous Latvia-born artist, which includes almost fifty items, is on view in Riga as part of the city's European Capital of Culture programme.


Art Museum Riga Bourse
15.04 - 15.10.2014
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Thursday11:00 - 19:00
Friday - Saturday11:00 - 17:00

Exhibition "Amber Road: The Myths and the Science" and associated events tell about the interaction between amber and humans, going back to the times Mediterranean nations considered the Baltics a mystical land of amber.

The exhibition presents observations about amber by Avicenna, Tacitus and Pliny, and tells about the use of amber by the ancient Baltic peoples. Likewise, the exhibition showcases present-day applications of amber, Latvian scientists' contribution to amber research and development of new products.

The "Amber Vein" project in Riga, the European Capital of Culture, involves five museums and one gallery that each, from their own standpoint, look at the origins, history, identity and application of amber.

Pauls Stradins Museum for history of medicine
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