Staro Riga Festival of Lights

Staro Riga Festival of Lights
Staro Riga is an annual festival of lights held in the capital of Latvia every autumn. For four days, well-known sights are scenes of illumination and light art, and numerous light installations can be seen throughout Riga.

The Staro Riga Festival was inaugurated in 2008 and has been held every year since. It was originally created to commemorate Latvia’s Independence Day and to enhance the joyful feeling of togetherness on the country’s birthday. The public holiday is celebrated on November 18, so the festival takes place around this date. It is supported by the Education, Culture and Sports Department of the Riga City Council.

Each fall, more than 100 buildings, squares, bridges, monuments, parks and other sights are highlighted with different colors, transforming the Latvian capital into an illuminating wonderland. Light art displays are installed throughout the city, creating an unforgettable atmosphere.

The Staro Riga Festival of Lights features both local artist and international guests from different countries, including Japan, Canada, Australia, Spain, Portugal, and more. Authors of the best light objects and multimedia installations are awarded valuable prizes.

Staro Riga is more than just a display of light art. Along with immersive light installations and projections, it also includes entertainment for attendees of all ages, such as theatrical performances, live music, interactive events and projects, and more.

The festival is free for anyone to attend. The installations light up at 5 p.m. and remain lit until 11 p.m., so there’s plenty of time to wander along the streets of Riga and soak the festive atmosphere created by unique pieces of light art. Staro Riga draws tens of thousands of visitors every year, providing them with a unique and unforgettable experience.

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