Riga Skijoring Festival cancelled due to warm weather

Riga Skijoring Festival cancelled due to warm weather
Irena Mathuse
Because of the unusually warm February, the Riga Skijoring Festival, scheduled to take place on 15 February on the ice of the river Daugava, has been cancelled.

Residents and visitors of Riga are still invited to pariticipate in „Riga Wintering 2014” on 15 February, Saturday - the event will begin at 17.00 pm.

“Riga Wintering” includes open art workshops, mind games and the opportunity for the participants to learn the symbols of Riga through these activities, which, as it turns out, can tell so much new about Riga. The Riga Channel beaver was voted in as the new symbol of Riga - he also will take part in these activities and will try to befriend the participants and onlookers.

Participants will have the chance to walk along six paths of activities, based on the unusual stories about Riga (Rīgas stāsti) by writer Sergejs Timofejevs and artist Reinis Petersons about the Riga Channel Beaver, the Black Cat, Big Christopher (Lielais Kristaps), Petergailis (the rooster on St.Peter`s Church steeple) and chimney sweepers. Suggestions for other new symbols of Riga will be accepted also. Performances of bands “Carnival Youth”, “Oranžās brīvdienas”, “Pulsa efekts” and Goran Gora will take place on the “Riga Wintering 2014” stage. The concert programme will be concluded by the performance of the band “Bermudu divstūris”.

The Skijoring Fest and “Riga Wintering 2014” fall under the thematic division “Riga Carnival” – events that highlight cultural events in Riga during wintertime.

The European Capital of Culture program is created by foundation “Rīga 2014” in cooperation with state, local municipality and non-governmental organizations, as well as creative unions and societies. The program is financed by the Riga City Council, the Ministry of Culture and the European Commission. “Lattelecom” is the partner of the “Rīga 2014” programme, also providing technical support.

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