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Riga Festival 2014

Classical concerts in the European Capital of Culture

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The Basics

6-22 June 2014
Riga, Latvia

As the crowning jewel of the Latvian classical music calendar, the annual Riga Festival takes over a variety of the capital's best venues, while hosting a programme of local and international stars covering everything from modern choirs to reimaginings of historical pieces.

With performances in the Riga Cathedral and the inspiring St Peter’s Church as well as the Great Guild Hall and Daile Theatre, the event allows for exploration of the city too, as performers jet in from as far as Sweden and Israel.

The key feature of the Riga Festival is the range of its musical repertoire in terms of historical periods, genres and schools proving that top quality classical events don’t need borders or barriers.


Zigmars Liepiņš - Trascendental oratorium.

Sinfonietta Rīga with Alfred Schnittke, Kristaps Pētersons, György Ligeti, Jesper Nordin and Grégory d'Hoop.

Sinfonietta Rīga Pēteris Vasks with Eva Bindere, Sinfonietta Rīga and conductor Māris Sirmais.

Ksenija Sidorova, Avi Avital and Itamar Doari.

Krists Auznieks - Chamber Opera 'Wind of the Sun'.

Krists Auznieks - Chamber Opera 'Wind of the Sun'.

Wine and Music, South Africa with Nils Īle and an instrumental ensemble.

Stained Glass of Riga with Raimonds Pauls and Ieva Parša.

Sinfonietta Rīga and Peter Erskine with a jazz group. 

Stained Glass of Riga with Raimonds Pauls and Ieva Parša.

Flowers: Fairy Tales with Dita Krenberga, Gundars Āboliņš and Valts Pūce.

Reflections. Latvian Radio Choir and Vestards Šimkus.

Stained Glass of Riga with Raimonds Pauls and Ieva Parša.

Tango with Ksenija Sidorova, Aleksandrs Sitkoveckis, Aizhana Nurkenova and dancers Ieva Rācene, Evelīna Godunova, Kirils Burlovs.

Latvian Radio Choir - Liszt Via Crucis with Diāna Ketlere and Kaspars Putniņš.

Music, Dance, Adventure! with Children’s Dance Group of the Day Care Centres of Riga Municipality and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra.

Music, Dance, Adventure! with Children’s Dance Group of the Day Care Centres of Riga Municipality and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra.

The Venue

Riga Festival 2014

Various venues

Taking in venues from Riga Cathedral and St.Peter's Church to the Great Guild Hall and Daile Theatre, Riga Festival is an opportunity to explore the beautiful Latvian capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its art nouveau buildings.

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What We Love

What We Love

  • With most of the classical concerts taking place in the evening, Riga Festival leaves plenty of time for exploring the Latvian capital in the day. As the European Capital of Culture for 2014, the city will be hosting even more music, art and theatre than usual, but it also offers a stunning UNESCO-listed old town, the glorious Riga Central market and the cultural centre in Spīķeri, so it's easy to turn the festival into a full-blown holiday.

  • The stunning sandy shores of Jūrmala beach are just a 25-minute taxi ride away, so don't forget to pack your swimming costume.

What To Know

What To Know

  • Riga city centre is around 30 minutes away from Riga International Airport by bus. Bus 22 departs every 10-30 minutes from the airport and costs LVL 0.70 (1 Euro), while Mini Bus 241 runs to the city centre and hotels and costs LVL 0.60 (0.85 Euro). Both require the exact fare. Taxis take around 15 minutes for the same trip.

  • Concerts take place around various venues in the city including the impressive Riga Cathedral, St.Peter's Church, Latvian National Opera hall, the Great Guild Hall, Spīķeri Concert Hall and the Daile Theatre.

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