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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.

This year POSITIVUS cinema will also offer classic masterpieces

At this year’s Positivus Festival cinema programme, we will look back at the brilliant Latvian and foreign cinematic classics that inspired several generations. The programme will also feature the newest Latvian and foreign animation, short-film and full-length masterpieces. This year’s programme highlight will be the special discussions and talks with directors, producers, curators and other cinematic professionals. Ādažu Čipsi are the festival’s cinema friends for the second year now, ensuring an especially comfortable movie watching experience.
    
We are happy to announce our new cinema partners, including the Riga International Film Festival, which will present the special Nordic film programme for children and youngsters, as well as the cinema Kino Bize, that will present global cinematic classics with splendid works of authors, directors and actors. The National Film Centre will offer cinema enthusiasts an introspective look at the newly re-mastered Latvian cinematic classics, such as “Ezera Sonāte” by Gunārs Cilinskis and Varis Brasla and “Vella Kalpi” by Aleksandrs Leimanis.

The documentary film round will feature movies about outstanding Latvian individuals, for example the new work of Krista Burāne “Māra” is a story about the theatre director Māra Ķimele, Ginta Grūbe’s “Vairāk nekā dzīve” – an introspective look into the creative processes of director Alvis Hermanis, and “Teritorija. Vija Celmiņš” is a tale of the world famous Latvian painter Vija Celmiņš by Olafs Okunovs, and many more.

Our annual partners and friends – the international film festival 2ANNAS will offer a diverse film programme that will highlight Baltic’s most essential virtual environment videos, offer an insight into the surprisingly creative achievements of the Latvian music video industry, as well as entertain viewers with a fresh batch of the world’s wittiest, prettiest and possibly the best shot films of recent years. After each programme, 2ANNAS will invite viewers to stay and discuss the material. The discussions will be attended by film authors, programme creators and curators from the festival’s creative team as well as colleagues from foreign partner festivals.

The full Ādažu Čipšu cinema programme will be announced soon.

The festival 3 day ticket without camping currently costs EUR 57 and a 3 day ticket with camping costs EUR 63. Ticket prices are set to increase.

This year’s Positivus Festival will host:
KRAFTWERK
BASTILLE
ELLIE GOULDING
ELBOW
THE KOOKS
THE 1975
DAUGHTER
CHET FAKER
LAURA MVULA
JUNIP
TEMPLES
ANNA CALVI
OF MONTREAL

THE HORRORS
YOU ME AT SIX
FUTURE ISLANDS
ALUNAGEORGE
NONONO
A TRAK
KING CHARLES
KID KARATE
CHERUB
BIRTH OF JOY
JUST BLAZE
POMPEYA
FM BELFAST
AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR