Art and music festival RE RE Rīga on the way

Art and music festival RE RE Rīga on the way
08-01-2013 A+ A-
Planning for another exciting project in the European Capital of Culture programme – the RE RE Rīga international contemporary arts and music festival, to be held at the end of summer in 2013 and 2014 – has gained new momentum. The festival will feature world music concerts, dance, improvisational theatre, performance art, puppetry, circus, painting and installations. The instigators want Rigans to gain new experiences and emotions through performances and showings of cultural events, usually seen indoors, in the streets and squares of Rīga.

This is one of the events to be launched in preparation for the European Capital of Culture year, but which will continue after 2014. “The objective of the European Capital of Culture programme is to create a legacy and establish new cooperation platforms integrating Latvia into the European cultural space and exposing Latvia to European cultural traditions not yet familiar to us. We are particularly pleased that this concept has gained the support of Latvia’s corporate sector and the Rīga administration” emphasises Diāna Čivle, Director of the Rīga 2014 Foundation.

The RE RE Rīga Festival will present high-quality music and art, normally seen in concert halls, theatres and museums. Europe’s biggest music and street art festivals are partners in producing the festival programme.

The RE RE Rīga Festival is intended as much for the residents of Rīga as for visitors to the city and there are no age or other restrictions on participation. The AB dambis (embankment on the SW bank of the Daugava river) has been earmarked as the central venue, but events will take place throughout the city – on the Esplanade, in Vērmanes dārzs (gardens), Bastejkalns, Vecrīga (the Old Town), Spīķeri (old market warehouses) and in residential courtyards.

On 8 January, the Rīga 2014 Foundation, Rīga City Council, the Re & Re construction company and the project instigators signed an agreement on co-operation and on organising the festival in 2013 and 2014 under the auspices of the European Capital of Culture programme.

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