About White Night
The modern culture forum White Night 2017 in Riga is scheduled for the night of 9 September and 10 September, offering 59 various contemporary art and cultural events in Riga.
For the twelfth time, White Night has become a welcome and integral part of Riga’s cultural calendar and takes place at the beginning of September each year. The White Night programme will include 34 culture and art projects, including concerts, installations and performances in an urban environment, exhibitions, multimedia projects, poetry readings and movie programmes. 25 initiative projects will add up to the programme organised by art galleries, cafes, art and culture studies and other active inhabitants of Riga and likeminded people.
This year, White Night is especially festive – it has been 15 years since the first White Night or Nuit Blanche in Paris where the idea of this forum was born. Therefore, this year, Riga offers an especially wide international programme.
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.