Nordea Riga Marathon Brings You a Culturally Saturated Programme

Nordea Riga Marathon Brings You a Culturally Saturated Programme
Kaspars Garda, Riga 2014 . Aigars Nords from Nordea Riga Marathon organisers’ team
The annual Nordea Riga Marathon will take place on the 18th of May. This year, Brīvības iela has been included in the route of the marathon, as well as the special European Capital of Culture Programme project “A Kilometre of Culture on Freedom Street” beginning at the Freedom Monument, according to Aigars Nords, the head of the marathon organisers’ team, at a press conference on the 26th of March.

“We hope that more runners will participate in the marathon than last year, when 65 countries were represented at the race in Riga. Furthermore, we have also arranged a special cultural programme honouring Riga’s status as the European Capital of Culture,” said Nords, emphasising that the motto of this year’s marathon was “Running with a Song”. A symbolic “Honour Guard of the European Capital of Culture” – teams of dancers and singers – will greet the runners at the Freedom Monument to cheer them on. “I hope the runners will have time to appreciate this! Besides, the fans – Rigans and guests of the city – will have an opportunity to sing along, and we expect many voices to join each song.” The marathon’s main stage will be erected at the intersection of Elizabetes iela and Brīvības iela opposite the Cabinet of Ministers building, where the greatest hits of the past century – starting from 1914 – will be performed by Daumants Kalniņš, Intars Busulis, Aija Vītoliņa and other popular Latvian artists.

 

Further on, the marathon runners and fans will see all kinds of artistic performances and many forms of art – works by the greatest Latvian artists as well as new generation artists, created from 1914 to 2014. They will offer a look into the history and present of Riga and Latvia as seen by artists, including speeches and posters from different periods of history, as well as music performances representing the countries that participate in the marathon: Estonia, Lithuania, Spain and others. “We will also try to have people speaking the particular language at these points, dressed in the relevant clothes and performing traditional music of these countries,” said Aigars Nords, adding that this year’s marathon was hoping to surprise the runners with various musical and other performances, presenting the main street and centre of Riga – and Latvia – from a different cultural, historic and recreational viewpoint.

It needs to be added that one of the most prominent Latvian artists, Ilmārs Blumbergs is the designer of the official marathon T-shirts this year. “Look how the snail drawn by Ilmārs Blumbergs is smiling! He is absolutely happy, and his joy will not be affected by the possibility that his time could have been a few minutes faster. A couple of extra legs is something that we runners would definitely like to have sometimes. That is why Ilmārs Blumbergs’ running snail with eight legs may be quite handy this year,” Aigars Nords says describing the official marathon T-shirt.

Registration for the Nordea Riga Marathon has already opened on the marathon's website.

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