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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.

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.