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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.