About White Night
WHITE NIGHT. GLOW. 2016.
Glow never sleeps. It always teases darkness, sometimes in the evenings, sometimes in the mornings. Glow ever rests. And this unrest must be seen, the unrest makes it impossible to stay at home.
Art does not sleep either. And art also teases darkness at all times. Art urges, shakes up and hustles to keep from falling asleep. It pokes, impels and pulls to put on one’s shoes and go out in the night. The White Night. At the White Night we go to experience it.
This year, the modern culture forum White Night in Riga is scheduled for September 10th and 11th. For the eleven 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 50 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, the Old Town, Miera street, the active centre of Riga as well as the left bank of River Daugava.
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.