RIGAS RITMI is an annual international contemporary jazz and world music festival held in Riga, the capital of Latvia on the first week of July. Starting from year 2011 festival is held three times a year - winter, spring and summer, still leaving summer session as it's main event.
“At a time when festivals are being canceled one after another, it is important to find solutions and not completely delete 2020 from the festival history calendar,” says Māris Briežkalns, founder and artistic director of the Rīgas Ritmi Festival. “It is also important to maintain the annual rhythm. We have also felt the same attitude on the part of artists, therefore Rīgas Ritmi 2020 will be and Riga will not be left without music!”
The program of local musicians will be available for free at the festival this year. There will also be festival master classes, which will be announced. The satellite event of the Rīgas Ritmi Festival will take place on the Ciemupe stage for the fifth year. On July 5, the Tuomo Uusitalo Quartet will perform there together with singer Une Stade. Entrance to the Ciemupe stage will also be free.
"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)