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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!

POSITIVUS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST HEADLINERS - PIXIES, ELLIE GOULDING AND ALT-J

Pixies, Ellie Goulding and Alt-J are among the first announced acts set to perform at the 2017 Positivus Festival, which will be taking place at the beloved Fisherman’s park of Salacgrīva for the 11th time this year - from July 14 - 16.

The xx – first anounced artists of Sunset Festival 2017

With The xx – one of the world’s most recognised British bands, highly regarded by music critics – Sunset Festival starts announcing the program of coming Summer. This Summer in Sigulda Castle at least 4 worldwide artist shows are being planned, in each will perform local and foreign new artists as well. The next big names will be announced on Friday, March 3rd.

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.

Evanescence – for the first time in Baltics

Sunset Festival, which started with great success and responsiveness in Sigulda will now expand to include Lithuania next summer. Festival concept remains the same - one-day performances from well-known artists of different genres. Separate concerts will be happening in different dates and venues. The key is a unique architectural place with an extraordinary feel to it.

FOO FIGHTERS TO PERFORM IN LATVIA THIS SUMMER FIRST EVER APPEARANCE IN THE BALTICS

The last great American arena/stadium rock band will visit Latvia for the first time in its 21-year career: Foo Fighters have confirmed that they will headline Lucavsala Island in Riga at the bank of Daugava River on the 21th of June. Special guests on this historic day will be Scottish trio Biffy Clyro, British-American The Kills and Elephants From Neptune. Marking the bands first appearance in Baltics many visitors from neighboring Estonia and Lithuania are expected. The event's ticket sales start on Thursday 15 December at www.bilesuserviss.lv.

International music festival LABA DABA/GOOD NATURE

International music festival Laba Daba will take a place from August 4th to August 6th, 2017 in the Ligatne Parish, University of Latvia conference and recreation centre ’’Ratnieki’’. Reggae, ethno-folk, rock, electro, and other world music will be played – the kind of music that brightens up the world and cheers up people!

Neste World RX of Latvia. Tickets already on sale!

Neste World RX of Latvia is a world-class motorsport event taking place in Latvia, which puts the world’s best drivers – Petter Solberg, Sébastien Loeb, Mattias Ekström, as well as local stars Reinis Nitišs and Jānis Baumanis – in six hundred horsepower cars and lets them battle it out on the legendary Biķernieki track.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS WILL PERFORM IN LATVIA FOR THE FIRST TIME!

Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced they will come to Latvia and play the impressive outdoor concert in Lucavsala, Riga on the bank of Daugava river on Thursday, 27 July 2017.

ROBBIE WILLIAMS THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW TOUR 2017.

At a press conference in London today, Robbie Williams announced his highly anticipated 2017 European stadium tour. Twenty-nine shows in eighteen countries are announced, opening with a date at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 2nd 2017. Erasure will be joining Robbie Williams on the tour as special guests. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 11. Robbie will perform a special one-off show at The Troxy in London this evening to celebrate receiving the prestigious BRITs Icon Award. The award is the highest accolade given by the BRIT Awards and has previously only been given to Elton John and David Bowie. It is only presented to artists whose writing, recording and performances have set them apart as having made a lasting impact on British culture, recognising the very highest level of achievement in music.

POSITIVUS ANNOUNCES THE FULL ĀDAŽU ČIPSI CINEMA PROGRAMME

The Ādažu Čipsi Cinema programme has been created in partnership with wonderful local and foreign film festival partners. This year’s programme will revisit the past and linger there alongside the works of legendary directors Federico Fellini and William Wyler as well as local legends Varis Brasla, Gunārs Piesis and many more.

This will be our first year of partnership with the independent cinema Kino Bize. In partnership with the US embassy, they will light up the sandy dunes of Salacgrīva with four classic cinematic stories: ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, ‘Roman Holiday’, ‘It Happened One Night’ and ‘The White Sheik’.

The Ādažu Čipsi Cinema programme always looks for the most current developments in the field of domestic films, and in particular this year it can be seen that documentary films, with various stories about our heroes, are prevailing in the Latvian film environment.  Added in the programme to the already announced films there are the story about unique team work in director Dzintars Dreibergs’ latest film ‘VEF 54. sezona’ and the peculiar story of Līga Gaisa ‘Tā dullā Strengas dēļ’, which tells how actor Juris Strenga, for already ten years, have been gathering around him the locals to stage an opera. The choice of the libretto depends on a, to Strenga’s mind, topical event of the year or social and political topicality.

The short-film programme features Ksenija Zaķe’s latest short-film ‘Zivs’, which is a story about an old man, Alberts, who, guided by longings and solitary desperation, has agreed to a spiritism session conducted by Velta, a mobile shop seller, in hope to regain his dead wife. Director Astra Zoldnere’s latest work ‘Trauslā sirds’ offers an absurd story about impossible love, which, ironically, takes place on Christmas, when not everyone is happy and loved. Two strangers meet in peculiar environment – in a morgue.

Like every year, the cinema programme will also cater to the younger audiences, with a special programme prepared by the Riga International Film Festival in partnership with Atom Art and Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival in Norway as well as Just Film partners in Estonia.  The programme will feature lovely modelling clay and puppet animation films, among which there is Finnish director Ulrika Bengts’ film ‘The Disciple’, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Our annual festival cooperation partners, the National Film Festival Lielais Kristaps and the Latvian Filmmakers Union ‘Kino visiem un visur Latvijā’ in their project, which is supported by State Culture Capital Foundation and the National Film Centre of Latvia, will offer a special insight into the Latvian film canon, highlighting such films as ‘Nāves Ēnā’, ‘Baltie zvani’, ‘Vecāks par desmit minūtēm’, director Rūdolfs Mings’ first full-length film 'Ļaunuma atspulgs', and cartoons ‘Kabata’, ‘Pavasaris Vārnu ielā’, ‘Zaķīšu pirtiņa’, ‘Zīļuks’, ‘Baltā un Sārtulis’.

The Film Festival 2Annas will provide an insight to the most topical virtual environment, music and viral animations, inviting their authors to drop their virtual veils and tell the audience about their works; also, the best short-films of the year from the festival Baltic Shorts will be shown.

The Festival’s three-day ticket without a tent place costs EUR 57 and EUR 63 with a tent place. As the Festival comes nearer, the ticket price will increase.

As already announced, the Lattelecom stage will feature Kraftwerk, Bastille, Ellie Goulding, Elbow, The Kooks, The 1975, Daughter, Anna Calvi, The Horrors, You Me At Six, AlunaGeorge, NONONO, FM Belfast, And So I Watch You From Afar.

The Nordea Stage will feature Tricky, Chet Faker, Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Laura Mvula, Junip, Temples, Of Montreal, MØ, Future Islands, King Charles, Kid Karate, Justina Lee Brown&Latvian Blues Band, Birth Of Joy and Dzelzs Vilka Jauno Jāņu Orķestris.