Jānis Pliekšāns aka Rainis used to be a big figure in Latvian literature and national movement. In fact Rainis is the only ethnic Latvian who was candidate for Nobel Prize, although unavailing. His wife, Aspasia was also prominent public figure; and both of them were several times in exile because of political views against the regime of Imperial Russia.
This is the former Orthodox Church Saint Peter and Saint John, which is used as concert hall nowadays. It was built in 1728 in the place of the former Swedish Lutheran Church, then it got cathedral status in 1836. During Soviet times cathedral was closed and reopened in 1987 as concert hall.
Arēna Rīga (Arena Riga) is the biggest indoor venue in Riga. The total capacity is 15,000 visitors. It was built in 2006 as main arena for Ice Hockey World Championship. Now it is permanent home for several hockey and basketball teams, including Riga Dinamo, ASK Riga, Barons LMT. It also the main arena for huge concerts and music events like Sensation White.
Exhibition Erots 2010 is being held this weekend at Kipsala hall. Erots stands for sex shops, tattoos and piercings artists, live performance by pornostars and everything else related to erotics. It is said that Erots is the only regular Erotic Exhibition in Baltic States. In fact there is nothing special, so if you have missed Erots, then you can always go to Amsterdam any day and the experience there will be much better :)
Es tevi atkal gaidīšu te↓ (I will again wait for you here) - is the content of the massive message written with soil on the snowy track bench, which is next to 13 Janvara street. Check also other lovely messages: "I love you" and "You are not alone"
I have never been a big fan of blues, jazz music nor live music in general. Before I visited Bites Blues Club. I was invited by Lynne Jordan, who were not just performing here tonight, but also brought me a souvenir magnet from Chicago :) Her stage performance turned me into a new fan of live music, where an artist controls and interact with the public, making jokes, etc. Basically she behaves like an absolute leader and makes fun even with relatively quiet and passive crowd. So you can easy feel the energy exchange :) The club itself has a great atmosphere, nice design, it is without high prices and with enormous collection of blues artists' photos performed here, in Bites blūza klubs.
Salsa became an ultra-popular leisure activity worldwide and particularly in Latvia. Tens of clubs and study groups offer relatively cheap and qualitative salsa classes in Riga. I guess nearly everyone in Riga dances or had danced Salsa, Mambo, Bachata or Reggaeton. Do you dance? :)
Staro Rīga (Riga shines) is a city wide light festival in Riga started today, on 14th November. More than fifty objects are shining and making Riga lighter during these long and dark evenings. I am going to publish more photos next days of this splendid event, but for now you are welcomed to check previous festival's photos of Strūklaka, Bibliotēka, Vecrīga, Akmens tilts, Radisson, Cable Bridge.
Jaunais Rīgas Teātris (New Riga theater) is the most newest theater in Riga, opened just in 1992. It is located in a seemingly regular building on Lacplesa iela, in fact this building was used as a residence of many theaters since far year 1902. P.S. On the side wall is the portrait of famous Latvian theatre director Eduards Smiļģis.
Dailes teātris (Theater of Arts) is one of the few still working Theaters in Riga. Initially the Daile Theatre was housed in a building at Lacplesa street, but in 1977 the theatre moved to a purpose-built Soviet style structure at Brivibas street 75. How often do yo go to theater? Isn't it boring by comparison with other more modern entertainment?
I guess everybody likes the Prodigy, at least did at some point. Their fifth album Invaders must die is the reason why they came to Riga today again. Unseen show for Latvian capital makes Rigans think that artists are absolutely insane. Or Maybe they are? :)
Baltā nakts (White night) is an annual city-wide culture event, which involves more than 150 artists showing their work during on the night of 13 September. Most of these works are related to paintings, colors, lights, music and video performance and even to Religious topics. This picture of dancing fountain has been taken in Kronvalda Parks.
Last week was a monument opening ceremony of the most famous and high-minded Russian author Alexander Pushkin (Александр Сергеевич Пушкин), who was shot in the age of 38 (1799 - 1837) Pushkin had a fabulous life and was recognized as genius during his life already. He wrote many chefs d'oeuvre, basically he has changed the Russian literature. It was difficult to take a picture of statue without people nearby, because a lot of people were constantly coming here, to Kronvalda parks to see bronze Pushkin.
Dzintaru koncertzāle (Dzintari concert hall) is the most important arena in Jurmala town. The wooden building was built in 1936, the hall was rebuilt in 1960 without walls and the space merges with the surrounding Jurmala dune park. It is stamping ground of Russian entertainment stars.
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