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Cirque du Soleil Is Coming Back to Riga with Varekai!

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.

Sunset Festival program is enriched by Jessie Ware and The Naked and Famous

Sunset Festival, which takes place in the picturesque Sigulda castle ruins, completes this summer’s program with two additional concert days: on July 31st, it will be headlined by elegantly sensual Jessie Ware, while on August 9th indie-pop and electro-rock band The Naked and Famous have been confirmed to perform. As it was announced already earlier, on August 15th the festival will be headlined by British electronic indie-rock sensation, The xx.

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.

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 KIDS ISLAND ANNOUNCES THE PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES

Already for the fifth consecutive year, the Kids Island will be created in the Positivus Festival; and for the first time it is done in cooperation with the children-friendly brand Apovit SmartKidz. The youngest Festival’s visitors will have the possibility to play and meet other children and to take part in various activities. The time spent on the Island will be made more exciting also by the Children Art Studio Azote, the Children Science Centre Z(in)oo, the Latvian Nature Museum, the Nature Conversation Agency, Varis Toys, pasakas.net, Aivars Daņiļevičs’ Dance School Dzirnas and others. The children will be in safe hands all the time with the fabulous nurses from the kindergarten Laumiņu rezidence.

 “We are really glad to cooperate with Positivus this year and to create together the Apovit SmartKidz Kids Island, which helps parents with small children enjoy the festival to the full. Gripping activities, brain games, art workshops, obstacle racing and colourful recreation corners will be waiting for the agile, dexterous, smart and adventure-eager Festival’s visitors of the young age. Moreover, Apovit SmartKidz will meet every child and see off with a small gift,” said the Apovit SmartKidz Brand Manager Zane Blankenfelde.

The creative scientific workshops with the Children Science Centre Z(in)oo will offer interactive exhibitions and activities that enable the children to test and try various technologies and laws of nature and will unleash their interest in looking for answers, understanding them and enjoying exploring. The children will have the possibility to explore the nature together with the Latvian Nature Museum: the Museum’s employees who work in the creative workshops will invite the children to look in the versatility of the nature and to explore the flora and fauna. In the activity “In Nature with Understanding” with the Nature Conservation Agency, the children will learn to feel, explore and understand the world of forests, seaside, meadows and water, to see and understand these values and the regularities that reign in the versatile world of nature.

Andris Daņiļēvičs’ Dance School Dzirnas will offer attractive and joyful morning exercises with rhythm, sound and coordination exercises for a cheery morning, but in the evening discotheque Rock'N’Rullē the children will be offered an insight in all the dance genres: hip hop, break dance, acrobatics, improvisation, jazz, modern dances, rock’n’roll, contact improvisation etc. The plein air painting workshop for small artists with the Children Art Studio Azote will help the children to go on a flight of imagination and fantasies and to show their ideal world using drawings, paintings, compositions, modelling and other techniques.

In addition, there will be offered sports games, large-scale table games, various creative workshops – origami, painting, drawing, tasks, ornaments workshop, collages etc., the children will be offered to invent and solve riddles together with Pasakas.net, watch Latvian cartoons, listen to fairytales and play with the educational, ecological and high-quality wooden toys from Varis Toys.

On Friday, July 18, the Kids Island will be open from 12:00, but on Saturday, July 19, and on Sunday, July 20, it will be open already from 10:00. The activities will be closed every evening on 22:00 with the Sleep Films.

The entry ticket to the Kids Island this year will cost EUR 4 per day and EUR 10 for all three days. The tickets can be bought in advance here.

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.