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Cirque du Soleil Is Coming Back to Riga with Varekai!

The Michael Jackson Tribute Live Show ''Remember the Time''

Michael Jackson's Best Show in Riga! On November 11th, the Palladium Concert Hall will host a remarkable Michael Jackson Tribute Live Show presented by celebrated Sasha Pazzder, a singer, dancer, artist, choreographer and a friend of the King of Pop Michael Jackson! For the first time, our viewer will be able to hear the hits of the legendary singer in the "live" performance, accompanied by a fiery group of musicians.

For the very first time LP will perform in Latvia this December

On December 7th one of the most extraordinary contemporary indie and pop-rock artists Laura Pergolizzi, better known as LP, will perform in Arena Riga. Her self-made superhit Lost On You, which has almost 150 million views on YouTube, brought the singer a worldwide fame, but she has a number of other wonderful pieces, which can be taken from 4 full-length albums. Just to name few ones, like Tokyo Sunrise, Into The Wild, Tightrope, Muddy Waters, Someday, Other People, Strange, Don’t Let Me Down, Night Like This and many more. This is the very first time when this talented singer will perform in Latvia.

Merzbow & Balázs Pándi to play at Skaņu Mežs 2017

In 2017, Skaņu Mežs will celebrate its 15th anniversary. The festival will take place at the music house “Daile” on October 13th and 14th with an opening event on October 6 at the art museum Riga Bourse. The first announced act of this festival edition is the duo of Merzbow, the Japanese noise musician, held as one of the most important artists in the field, and Balázs Pándi, a drummer active in experimental metal, noise and free jazz. They will play on October 14.

Depeche Mode To Bring Their Global Spirit Tour To Latvia In February 2018

Following succesful European and North American Tour, Depeche Mode is going to play Arena Riga in Latvia. Depeche Mode will visit Riga for the first time in four years, bringing their stunning live show to fans who have not seen the band since 2014’s World Tour of Delta Machine.

Folk singer Stu Larsen will perform in Riga coming fall

On September 28th an Australian singer, songwriter and folk musician Stu Larsen will perform at Latvian 1st Rock Cafe (Riga, Marstalu 2/4). It will be his first time in Latvia and this concert is to support his brand new album Resolute (to be released on July 21st). The previous, his debut album, is called Vagabond and was released in 2014. A relevant role in its making, record and producing took his friend, a romantic British singer songwriter Passenger, also known as Michael Rosenberg. It’s worth mentioning that Passenger show in Riga last fall was completely sold out.

Sarah Brightman returns in Riga with Royal Christmas Gala

As part of the Royal Christmas Gala, international recording artist and the most successful soprano of all time, Sarah Brightman returns in Riga on 1st of December this year, together with Gregorian and other special guests, she will perform in Arena Riga.

DAVID GARRETT for the first time on tour in Latvia!

Fresh on the heels of the striking success of the first leg of his “EXPLOSIVE – LIVE” tour DAVID GARRETT announces his first ever date for his spectacular crossover program in Latvia for December 2017. This is the first time for David performing in the Baltics!

Fink will perform in Latvia for the first time

British Folk-Rock, Blues and Indie band “Fink” will perform in Riga on Friday, 29th of September in concert hall Palladium. The trio will visit Latvia during a support tour of their upcoming brand new album to be rolling out in spring. “Fink” has released 7 albums until now, of which commercially most succesfull have been “Perfect Darkness” (2011) and “Hard Believer” (2014). The best known hits are Looking Too Closely, This Is The Thing, Perfect Darkness, Sort Of Revolution, Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us.

Cirque du Soleil Is Coming Back to Riga with Varekai!

Cirque du Soleil® Is Coming Back to Riga with VarekaiTM!

For the first time in four years, Cirque du Soleil is coming back to Riga with Varekai this fall. The performances will take place from September 20th till 24th, 2017, at Arena Riga.

“Varekai, Tales of the Forest” tells the story that is as old as the hills. It picks up where the Greek myth leaves off. Icarus falls wounded from the sky into the shadows of a magical forest. Not to lose heart and to survive, he will have to reach the sky again. In his extraordinary adventures, Icarus will meet surreal creatures that inhabit the world located deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano. At the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered and love found that are the sum of all things.

All Cirque du Soleil’s productions are unique blends, and Varekai is an absolute proof to that. Piecing together all possible genres, arts and disciplines – original music, costumes, set design, choreography, live vocals, video-art and make-up solutions – at their heart these shows still have circus arts in all their manifestations, starting from street performances to high-tech and awe-aspiring aerial acts. This is how Cirque du Soleil invokes the imagination, provokes the senses and evokes the emotions of people around the world. An international cast of Varekai consists of 50 performers coming from 13 countries, including 6 musicians. On top of that, there are 50 crew members on tour – trainers, physiotherapists, wardrobe employees, stage managers, technical specialists and administrative personnel – who daily support the performance. 

Cirque du Soleil’s International Headquarters (IHQ), located in Montreal, is a unique world-class creative laboratory and a huge training facility all at the same time. This is the place where directors, acrobats, designers, musicians, costume creators can bring any idea to life. Four training studios with a total area of 3291 square meters are here to address various training needs of the artists. Last year the artisans working at the production workshops (the ateliers) made some 14,000 or so costume elements and items, which took close to 30 kilometers of fabric from around the globe. There is also a residence to house artists that is also a part of Cirque du Soleil’s IHQ. It is always full of creative minds working on the current projects or artists who have just been hired by the company and are currently completing their preliminary trainings before joining one of Cirque du Soleil’s shows.

Varekai’s Artistic Director Bruno Darmagnac said, “Cirque du Soleil is excited to return in Riga with one of its classics - Varekai. The show has been touring in arenas for the past three years touching audiences around Europe, Russia and North America. Varekai is a story about love and hope. It’s about the ability to find the courage to reach out and open yourself to new experiences in times of struggle and adversity. This is something we are all confronted at one of point of our lives. Varekai is a great blend of stunning acrobatics, choreography, live music and funny clowns.”

About Cirque du Soleil:
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 180 million spectators in more than 400 cities in over sixty countries on five continents.