Miera Street Republic invites to Whitsun celebration
Miera street is one of Riga’s creative quarters appreciated by urban society and guests of Riga alike. Its enterprising spirit is kept alive by enthusiastic people, rich in ideas, who not only lend new particular features to the quarter, but also change the character of Riga as a whole.
Miera street and other creative quarters of town offer possibilities, which allow to discover it personally and in original way. They can help find new sites where creative energy can be put to use and something new and surprising – experienced. Creative initiatives enrich urban environment with cultural, artistic, sports and dance events.
‘The town festival ‘Whitsun of Miera street’ invites participation of neighborhood people as well as everyone arriving to Riga. Organizers of the festivity promise an impressive program of culture and entertainment, which will afford the street creative and positive air for the length of entire day and serve to warm up the now already not so distant year of European Capital of Culture.’
Those who like theatre will be invited to open-air shows of improvisation theatres ‘Hamlets’ and ‘Improvide’, sketch theatre ‘Nerten,’ and troupe of Dramatists’ theatre, and late evening feature of the program will be performance presented by poets and musicians. Film aficionados will be able to enjoy program of films produced in Latvia courtesy of international festival of short films ‘2Annas’, and studios ‘AVE,’ ‘Urga’ and ‘Atomart.’
‘By way of musical entertainment, our open-air stage will see such groups and musicians as ‘Vētras saites,’ ‘Manta,’ ‘Jakob Noiman Festival Band’, ‘Marta Migla’, Čipsis un Dullais, ‘Baložu pilni pagalmi,’ ‘Inokentijs Mārpls’, ‘Deskalighters,’ Andris Grīva and ‘Jāņa Ruņģa klātbūtne’ take turns on its boards.’
Visual art and design will be popularized by arts and crafts shops and workshops, which are found all along Miera street, and the students of Latvian Academy of Arts (LAA) will join the festival for a street-length plain-air. Work of sculptor Anda Poikāne and glass art work of LAA students and more will be also presented in the event.
The festival’s opportunities for active recreation will be ‘Riga Velo Fixed MINI RACE’ obstacle cycling track and track of ‘Piens Velo,’ and the event will not be short for a mini bicycle-ambulance of ‘Riga Veloserviss,’ while the courtyard of the Road Traffic Safety Directorate will be open for registration of bicycles and other cycling-related activities.
A special program is also planned for the young audience of the festival – two puppet theatre performances – ‘Who Will Save the Little Hare?’ by professional association of stage artists ‘Kili-Kili’ and performance ‘Wonder-wardrobe’ presented by artistic duo from the State Puppet theatre Daumants Švampe and Lienīte Osipova.
Publishing house ‘Liels un mazs’ will present the latest collection in ‘Bikibuks’ picture book series.
Such activities as ‘Laima’ chocolate bars wrapping and package designing workshop, badge design workshop, workshop of percussion instruments made from palm leave table wear in café ‘Taka’, glass mosaic workshop led by glass artist Marta Ģībiete, Ieva Grase’s workshop of gesso painting, paper making workshop ‘Cronquist’ and many other creative activities will be also offered, both, for education and entertainment.
Eco market of biological produce will function during the festival and movement of direct trade will be introduced to everyone interested, and, alternately – market of valuables with antique and design merchandise.
“Whitsun on Miera street’ has turned into a tradition of this locality, where enlivening atmosphere and peaceful balance prevails, which is found when you turn away from our main streets and their hustle and bustle. A creative quarter now takes over entire Miera street, formed by cafes and shops full of character and other creative initiatives.’
The event is supported by Riga City Council, State Cultural Foundation and foundation 'Riga 2014.'