Riga, for the 8th year running, holds the contemporary culture forum the White Night (Baltā Nakts) on September 7th, offering Rigans and guests 57 contemporary cultural projects in the city centre and its vicinity.
This year’s slogan for the White Night is “Open Your Doors”. Events will take place in the city centre and Old Town, in the Spīķeri quarter, Miera Street, VEF territory and Pārdaugava, as well as the further Riga regions: Sarkandaugava, Teika, Šmerlis and Vecmīlgrāvis.
Among the presented projects will be cinema screenings, theatre shows, exhibitions, concerts, poetry readings, multimedia and interactive projects, creative workshops and others.
The White Night is one of the most democratic and widely attended cultural events in Riga.
The White Night is part of the transnational European Nuit Blanche project, instigated by five European Capitals – Brussels, Madrid, Paris, Riga and Rome.
Its mission is to raise awareness of contemporary cultural expressions, which has been successfully realised in past years. The White Night draws in audience members as well as active and willing participants of the projects throughout the event.
The forum White Night is organized by the Riga City Council in collaboration with the most active Latvian cultural organizations, involving many Latvian and foreign artists. The city’s cafes, galleries, bookshops, clubs and other businesses are also active contributors.
All White Night events have free admission.
White Night is a part of an international project – the European White Nights, launched by five European capitals – Brussels, Madrid, Paris, Riga and Rome. Riga joins this tradition for the sixth consecutive year. Each city, in its White Night programme, is trying to include the works of other cities’ urban artists. The baton of the White Nights has been passed over to Amsterdam, Bucharest, Porto and Valletta, but in other parts of world Toronto, Tokyo, Montreal, Chicago and other cities have joined the event
White Night forum is organized by Riga City Council Department of Culture in cooperation with the active Latvian cultural organizations, involving a number of Latvian and foreign artists. The city’s cafes, galleries, bookstores, clubs and other establishments take an active part in the forum.
White Night is one of the most democratic and most widely attended cultural events in Riga. Its purpose is to raise awareness of modern cultural expressions, and in previous years, it has successfully achieved its goal. The White Night is appreciated and liked by both – watchers and viewers, as well as the ones who wish to engage themselves actively and participate in projects and activities in the process. Observations show that the annual White Night activities attracted 30 to 45 thousand inhabitants and visitors, breaking down barriers between age groups, nationalities, interests, and grounding.
The White Night visitors can be described as socially active and open minded people. Mostly, modern culture attracts young people aged under 35, however, the ranks of the White Night visitors often found in elderly people.
The admission for all White Night events is free of charge.
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