This year, the modern culture forum White Night in Riga is scheduled for September 5th and 6th. For the tenth time this annual festival in Riga brings together personalities of culture and art life of the capital and adds some foreign nuances with international modern art projects. White Night has become a welcome and integral part of Riga’s cultural calendar and takes place at the beginning of September each year.


White Night programme will include about 40 culture and art projects of various genres, including cinema, performances, exhibitions, music, and poetry as well as interdisciplinary projects.


All White Night events can be attended free of charge and are hosted in different parts of the city. The most active locations this year are in and near the Spīķeri Quarter of the Moscow Suburb, the Old Town, Miera street, the active centre of Riga as well as the left bank of River Daugava – Torņkalns and streets Mūkusalas and Kalnciema. 


The underlying theme for this year’s White Night is “Light”. It was chosen to honour the UNESCO’s International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.


White Night is a modern urban culture forum – one night a year locals and tourists are invited to enjoy a vigil creativity aimed to change their perception of environment and cultural life. This is a chance to purposefully experience something extraordinary and be involved in various activities offered by artists. White Night tradition was started in 2002 in Paris and it spread like a positive epidemic to Brussels, Rome and Madrid, with Riga as one of the early adopters too. Later on, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Porto and Valetta joined the White Night movement in Europe, while Toronto, Tokyo, Montreal and other cities joined it globally.


White Night forum in Riga is organized by the City Council in cooperation with active Latvian culture organizations, including many Latvian and foreign artists. The forum is actively supported and joined by local cafes, galleries, bookstores, clubs and other enterprises.