Rigas Ritmi Festival

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Rigas Ritmi

Dates of next edition: 
From: 01/07/2021
To: 03/07/2021
Kr. Valdemara Str. 5,
Artistic Director: 
Maris Briezkalns

Rigas Ritmi is the most popular improvisation, jazz and global music festival in Latvia. During the first week of July, the festival's stages are located in different parts of Riga and feature concerts by world-renowned artists and young talent.

The concerts of the festival will take place in Riga Cathedral Garden, Splendid Palace, VEF Culture Palace,  Noass Art Center,  and cultural space M / Darbnīca in fon Stricka villa quarter.

This year, on the main stages of the festival will perform the new star of American pop jazz and soul music Clark Beckham, powerful global music supergroup Bokanté, new flamenco-styled Spanish saxophonist and singer Antonio Lizana, Lithuanian modern jazz masters Shinkarenko Jazz 4N together with Lithuanian singer Neda, and Latvian pianist Kristaps Vanadziņš, who will gather around him the laureates of the jazz artists' competition Riga Jazz Stage.

Jersika Stage will operate on the AB dam at the Noass Art Center, where publicly available concert shows or showcases by Latvian artists will take place, which will also be presented to music industry professionals from abroad. The cafe Sidrērija and the cultural space M / Darbnīca will offer their jazz programs within the framework of the festival. The official jam sessions of Rigas Ritmi 2021 are also planned in M / Darbnīca.

There will also be workshops held by the main stars of the festival, which will be announced.

More than 600 artists from around the world have performed at the Rigas Ritmi Festival, and it has already attracted more than 180,000 people, thus gaining the status of a national cultural event. Formerly held once a year in the first week of July each year, the festival has expanded to include the Art of Riga Jazz series.

Rigas Ritmi is a music festival in the very center of the Baltics that has already featured special artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Diane Reeves, Take 6, Richard Bona, BBC Big Band, Patti Austin, Freddy Cole, The Yellowjackets, Victor Wooten, Buika, Jojo Mayer, Medeski Martin & Wood, Robert Glasper, Diane Schuur, Adam Ben Ezra, Jon Cleary, Jamison Ross, Judith Hill, Paloma Pradal, Jonah Nilsson, as well as top Latvian musicians and young talent from around the world.

The idea of ​​an international contemporary jazz and improvisation music festival in Riga was born in 2001 and was inspired by the legendary Latvian jazz musician and producer Maris Briezkalns, who is still the artistic director of the festival. One of the main goals of the festival is to educate the audience as well as young musicians, so the concerts are accompanied by jam sessions and master classes. In these world-renowned musicians share their knowledge and experience with emerging talent, which is perhaps a turning point for many young musicians.