Riga Latvia – European Capital of Culture 2014


Riga, Latvia, will be a European Capital of Culture in 2014. The title for the city’s cultural programme is Force Majeure which signifies a mighty force, both unexpected and foreseeable, accumulated through global and individual obstructions and problems. The aim is to strengthen the blief that culture can change the lives of people and cities for the better.



The programme has six main chapters:

Freedom Street focuses on issues of power and freedom and is rooted in the fact that 2014 will mark 100 years since the beginning of World War I.

  • Survival Kit offers synergy of ancient skills with modern knowledge across a variety of cultural forms.
  • The Road Map invites everyone to discover the unknown Riga and think about city development issues.
  • Amber Vein seeks to showcase the historial Amber Route through the Baltic Sea down to the Black Sea.
  • Thirst for the Ocean focuses on the human striving for intellectual and spiritual values and wisdom.
  • Riga Carnival will give everyone the opportunity to forget the ordianry and mundane, instead providing a time and place to rejoice and mingle.

Throughout the year there will be several book exhibitions, solo concerts by global music stars born in Latvia and an open-air concert in high summer, operatic performances including two original pieces, historic exhibitions of art, theatrical plays focusing on relationships and power, the traditional June solstice celebration – Jāņi, the World Choir Games, documentary films, the launch of creative quarters and a science festival.

For more information on Riga’s Capital of Culture programme go here.

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Lecture-Screening Boris Godunov Opera at Pushkin House

On Wednesday 17th November there will be a lecture-screening of Boris Godunov Opera with an introduction by Julian Gallant at Pushkin House as part of the Nikolai Dvigubsky Series.  The Royal Opera House Production by Andrei Tarkovsky (as transferred to the Mariinsky Theatre, St.Petersburg, in April 1990) features the orchestra and chorus of the Kirov Opera and stage set design by Nikolai Dvigubsky.  The cast is as follows:

Boris Godunov – Robert Lloyd
Marina – Olga Borodina
Dmitri – Alexei Steblianko
Rangoni – Sergei Leiferkus
Pimen – Alexander Morosov
Shuisky – Yevgeny Boitsev

Boris Godunov Lecture-Screening at Pushkin House, London

6.30pm, 17th November 2010

In Russian with English subtitles

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Turandot Weekend In Wroclaw

This summer, Wroclaw Opera in a co-production with the Great Theatre in Pozna is preparing to stage Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot in the form of an open-air, super spectacle for an audience of thousands.  The performance is going to be part of the Tauron 11th Summer Opera Festival on the Olympic Stadium in Wroclaw. To meet the needs of the staging, a huge 100 m by 150 m stage shall be constructed. The Director Micha Znaniecki is going to create an interactive performance with massive set design, a variety of multimedia effects, hundreds of artists and extras.

The title role of Turandot will be sung by Georgina Lukacs, world class soprano, in last season regulary performing at such theatres like Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Staatstheater in Hamburg, Deutsche Oper in Berlin and La Scala.

Performances will take place on the 18th, 19th and 20th of June.

For more information visit www.visitpoland.com

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