Riga comes alive as home grown and international artists take part in the annual event, Staro Riga Light Festival. This beloved cultural event will celebrate its 10th year in 2017 and there will be 35 works projected on the city’s favourite landmarks and public spaces – from buildings to bridges, town squares to monuments.
In addition to the light projections and installations there will be performance pieces as well as musical and theatrical additions to enhance the experience and local shops will also illuminate in some areas to get add to the spirit of the event.
The location of the installations can be discovered in detail in the route map and the atmosphere of the event will be particularly joyous on Saturday 18th of November around Cathedral Square as locals celebrate Latvian Independence Day. Finland will also be recognised this year as it celebrates its centennial year in 2017 as St Peter’s Church near City Hall will cascade with projections of waterfalls that will detail an old Sami story.
The installations are best viewed after dark so will commence at 5pm each day and run on repeat until 11pm. Entry is free.
The Staro Riga Light Festival will be held from Friday 17th of November to Monday 20th November 2017 across Riga, Latvia. The installation is organised by the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports of the Riga City Council. The programme and map is available here on the official website (in Latvian only).
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)