World Summer Solstice Festival


The programme of the World Summer Solstice Festival includes songs, dances and rituals – from performances by popular folksong singers in Latvia and neighbour countries, to Romanian and Macedonian traditions, the sun-filled jazz from Tbilisi, and the rhythmic Colombian percussion. Participants: “Kokle”, “Laiksne”, “Oglīte” (Latvia), the Bremen choir “Bremer RathsChor” (Germany), folklore ensemble “Tarbatu” (Estonia), folklore ensemble “Tara Vrancei” (Romania), traditional music ensemble “Tanec” (Macedonia), Tbilisi jazz ensemble “Tbilisi Big-Band” (Georgia), Tato Marenco and "via 40” (Colombia). The festival will also host master classes in various nations’ traditional cuisines, Latvian wreath and garland making workshops, workshops teaching how to make the special midsummer soap with traditional herbs and workshops on making traditional Latvian musical instruments. The World Summer Solstice Festival will be held on the 21st and 22nd of June from 12 noon to 9 p.m., in a field near the Mežaparks Grand Stage.

Thematic division: Riga Carnival

Begins : 21.06.2014 09:00

Ends: 22.06.2014 18:00


  • The field next to Mežaparks Grand Stage

Form of event:

  • Concert
  • Event

Category of event:

  • Music
  • History
  • Tradition

Audience of event:

  • Children
  • Youth
  • Adults

Project description:

This year, the summer solstice in Riga will be celebrated by the „Riga 2014 Solstice” - a two-day event celebrating the summer solstice traditional Latvian style, presenting various traditions and rituals marking the summer solstice in Latvia as well as in other countries of the world. The programme of  the “Riga 2014 Solstice” also includes the dance performance “Lec, saulīte!" (Rise, Fair Sun!), presentations of summer solstice celebration traditions by musicians from all over the world participating in the World Summer Solstice Festival, the World Beer Parade offering the public an opportunity to taste various beer brands from Latvia and other countries and the Riga Solstice Crafts Fair. The celebrations will close on June 22 with dancing and singing all night long.

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