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Sigulda 2014

Sigulda is one of the most beautiful Latvian towns. It has grown on both sides of the Gauja river valley and surprises visitors with its breathtaking scenery, historical episodes, magical castles, adrenaline-inducting activities and vibrant musical events throughout the year.

 

Winter, with its the snow-capped hills and international competitions, has made Sigulda into an international winter sports centre. Summer, though, the air fragrant with the aroma of meadow flowers, the shortest night and countless concerts is time to best enjoy the opportunities Sigulda offers.

 

Whether it is the golden leaves of autumn, winters snowy stillness, the explosion of buds in spring or a summer heatwave – S!gulda thrills!

 

Top events in Sigulda 2014

1.  Enviromental Art Festival „Nature. Urban. Future.”

Sigulda, December 2013 – January 2014

Festival will be seeking solutions to the relationship between natural and urban enviroments. An opportunity to participate and relax in creative ways: encounter artistic expression at exhibitions, events, concerts, take a stroll through the town and take a stroll through the town and take pleasure in the small-format environmental light installations.

 

2.  Presentation of the books „The Royal Vidzeme Town of Riga – Honorable Council’s Decree of Festivity and Dress” facsimile edition published in 1593

Turaida Museum Reserve, January 11th

 „The Royal Vidzeme Town of Riga – Honorable Council’s Decree of Festivity and Dress” was first printed in 1593 by Nikolaus Molleen and is the only printed copy of the book, that has survived to the present day. In 2014, its facsimile edition and translation in Latvian with academic commentary and  articles will be published. It will be presented to the public in Turaida Museum Reserve.

 

3.  Inauguration of Sigulda 2014

Livonian Order Sigulda Castle, January 19th

 

4.  Winter Festival and III Latvian Winter Olimpycs

Bobsleigh and Luge Track „Sigulda”, skiing slopes, March 1st.- 9th

Sigulda is Latvia’s winter sports capital. This Winter festival will offer diverse sports, artistic and cultural activities. The culmination of the festival will be the attractive event „Stars and kings of the ice treks” combining professional sports competitions with project of art and music and championship of snow sculptures. The festival will coincide with III Latvian Winter Olympics.

 

Winter Festival is held under the slogan: “More sports. More leisure. More art. More entertainment.”

 

5.  Project of contemporary arts "Alternative Grand Piano"

Concert hall „Baltais flīģelis” (White Grand Piano), May 30th

Festival provides to the audience an opportunity to enjoy several concert programmes in one evening, both in the concert hall and open-air terrace, where the external wall of the building, which is more than ten metres high, serves as a "live" screen for the video art.

 

6.  Festival for children „In the Warderobe of Wonders”

Sigulda Castle Complex, June 1st

Music festival for children „In the Warderobe of Wonders” where children along with artists, singing and getting involved in the fun, will be celebrating Kaķītis Laķītis birthday all day long. Festival offersto celebrate the beginning of summer on the open-air stage in Livonian Order Sigulda Castle.

Dear children, wash your faces and open your ears, as Kaķītis Laķītis birthday will be celebrated in the Magic Wardrobe with songs, dances, games and poems! 

 

7Summer Solstice

Turaida Museum Reserve, June 21st

Turaida Museum Reserve is European cutural heritage with more than a thousand years of history. In the middle of summer we experience the longest day and the shortest night. Join the celebration and experience ancient traditions together with folk groups in Turaida. You’ll have the chance to prepare festive ornaments, create crowns of oak leaves and flowers, get to know Latvian games and dances and get strength from Latvian folk songs until sunrise. Turaida Museum Reserve.  

 

8.  X Festival „Kremerata Baltica”

Concert hall „Baltais flīģelis” (White Grand Piano), June 3rd – 6th

Grammy award winner, the chamber orchestra „Kremerata Baltica” and its artistic director and solo violinist Gidon Kremer performs every summer in Sigulda. Just like in previous years, the world-famous violinist invites you to enjoy a unique experience while listening to the performance of young Baltic musicians in Sigulda and Riga.  

 

9.  Musical Breakfast

Sigulda Castle Complex, every Sunday from 6th - 27th. July

Chamber music concerts „Beethoven and Sigulda” in Sunday mornings from 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.continue the story of Beethoven by telling more about this unexplored fact: his connection to Sigulda. Concerts presented at Sigulda New Castle Garden are dedicated to Beethoven and his musical heritage. Also pieces from his contemporaries, several Wien composers, will be played at the events.

 

10.  V Sigulda Blues Festival

Livonian Order Sigulda Castle, July 26th

International Blues Festival only here takes place under an open sky, with a large stage and a very special outdoor aura. Besides the concerts the festival features open-air photo exhibition „Epson Roots and Fruits”, Blues movie hall and National blues competition, which winner goes to „European Blues Challenge”.

 

11. Turaida medieval castle – 800 anniversary

Turaida Museum Reserve, August 1st

Monument of archaeology and architecture - Turaida medieval castle  - is one of the oldest and best preserved medieval castles in Latvia. The Main Towerof the TuraidaCastle offerspanoramic view of the picturesque ancient GaujaRiver Valley. It could be considered to be the best explored medieval castle in Baltic states Today Turaida medieval castle is part of the Turaida Museum Reserve. Work on the stone castle at Turaida began in 1214.  

 

12.  XXII International Sigulda Opera Festival

Livonian Order Sigulda Castle August 1st – 3rd

For the 22nd time, the picturesque Sigulda Castle ruins will become a luxurious framework for the traditional Sigulda Opera Music Festival. Each year, the festival brings many famous opera artists from Europe and all around the world to Latvia.

Its highlight is a unique outdoor opera production, specifically adapted to Sigulda Castle ruins.

 

13. The Natural concert hall

Gauja ancient River Valley, Gauja National Park, August 9th

The Natural concert hall of art and science is symbiosis of nature, music, science, video art and dramaturgy, actualizing and strengthening inter-relation of man an  nature. Its audience will be able to take hikes, join research laboratories and workshops, to become participants of performance of nature, music and video art. As the contemporary of the sandstone rock, which walls in the Gauja ancient valley, the hero of the Natural concert hall is armor fish.

 

14.  XXIV Latvian Cyclist Unity Ride

Festival Square, September 7th

The largest cycling event in the Baltic States with more than 5000 participants. Every year, thousands of cyclists gather in Sigulda. There are three different tracks and a friendly rivalry. The Unity Ride is a great event that strengthens companies’ team spirit, friends and family ties.

 

15.  Enviromental Art Festival „Nature. Urban. Future.”

Sigulda, December 2013 – January 2014

Can we expect nature’s victory over the urban environment in the future? Or will urban ideas win and nature retreat before humans? These are issues that will be investigated in the framework of the festival.

Festival will be seeking solutions to the relationship between natural and urban enviroments. An opportunity to participate and relax in creative ways: encounter artistic expression at exhibitions, events, concerts, take a stroll through the town and take a stroll through the town and take pleasure in the small-format environmental light installations.

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