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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.

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