About White Night
The annual modern culture forum “White Night” will take place in Riga on 5 September 2020. This time it will be for the 15th consecutive year. This year's programme includes 20 events and projects that will represent a broad supply of contemporary culture – music, cinema and video, poetry, performances, etc.
This year the majority of the sites will be concentrated in the central part of the city and in the neighborhood of Tallinas Street, but in general, the sites will also be available to residents of several other parts of Riga, including Imanta, Sarkandaugava, Āgenskalns, Old Riga, Ķīpsala, VEF and elsewhere. In regard to the programme, the largest project of this year is expected to be "The Sculpture Quadrennial Riga 2020".
Artworks will not only be easily accessible to visitors, as they will be organically incorporated into the urban environment of Riga, but the possibility to interact with them will also be provided. The fact that the visitors of the culture forum will be the first ones who will have the possibility to experience the installation of the international project “The Venice Biennale” is outstanding.
“White Night 2020” will excite visitors, both with local and international projects popular over the years and with a new programme of domestic artists. This year the visitors will be surprised by a new illuminated installation of the British artist Luke Jerram, who has already participated in previous years, by revealing the shape of an unseen planet, while national culture will be represented by projects that have been well-established (“Sound Forest”, “Urban Poetry”, “Videography”, etc.) and new ones not experienced yet.
The preparation process for this year's “White Night” has been rich in challenges, taking into account the specific circumstances affecting the arrangements for cultural events. The main concern of the organisers of events this year is to ensure a sound and safe cultural enjoyment. Although we will enjoy 20 projects on White Night this year, the programme of contemporary art will be as high-quality and abundant as in other years.
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.
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