All-night festival brings contemporary art to neighborhoods of Riga

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White Night, an overnight art festival, which is taking place in Riga for the 13th straight year, offers a rich program of activities, shows, exhibitions and performances in Riga, Latvia's capital city, this Saturday night, the local authority informed.

The 53 events included in this year's White Night program in Riga, are taking place not only in the city center, old town and Riga's creative quarters, but also in the city's more remote neighborhoods like Vecmilgravis and Kliversala.

The forum's program features some already familiar and popular projects like the White Night Trams, as well as a video and music program developed by the contemporary art festival Survival Kit 10 and the avant-garde music festival Sound Forest.

Riga's international contemporary art biennial RIBOCA in collaboration with the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater is presenting an open-air piano music project "Black and White" in one of the city's parks and Canadian artists have brought an interactive installation, "Wave Field", to Riga.

A jazz music program at Ziemelblazma culture palace in Vecmilgravis neighborhood features pieces by Latvian composers inspired by the Riga-born US painter Mark Rothko and Riga Zoo hosts a poetry reading event titled "Poets and Other Animals".

The project Baltic Stencil is unveiling a number of street-artworks created by Estonian artists and the film festival 2ANNAS and the Bize movie theater are screening animation and Baltic film programs.

White Night in Riga is part of the international project European White Nights which 16 years ago was initiated by five European cities: Brussels, Madrid, Paris, Riga and Rome. The idea of the forum is to bring contemporary art closer to people by involving them in various exciting art-related activities on this particular night in September.

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