Hello, My Darlings! It’s the Day 7 of Blogtober. The fall season is such a busy one in Riga. Farmer markets, concerts, exhibition, basically lot’s of stuff to do and see. That’s why I decided to share some cool and interesting things to do this October in Riga(the capital of Latvia). All of them I found on liveriga.com, an amazing resource. Let’s dive into it!
07.10.2019 – 13.10.2019
During this special week, Riga’s restaurants open their doors to all gourmands willing to treat themselves to an array of delicious tastes for an especially affordable price of 15–20 euros for a three-course meal.
For the entire week, all the city’s residents and guests have the chance to enjoy the season’s best foods prepared by experienced and innovative chefs who give each meal a modern and sophisticated twist.
“The Great Modernists” is a new, spectacular, globally recognized multimedia show. The exhibition presents the works of 16 most reputable masters of modernism- Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Henri Rousseau, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Gustav Klimt, Paul Signac, Pete Mondrian, Amedeo Modigliani, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Juan Gris, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich. You will witness 5,000 works from more than 20 museums from all over the world in a unique combination of animated video projections accompanied by exquisite musical setting.
Every Saturday, Latvian farmers offer local goods at the Kalnciema Quarter Fair, and craftsmen come to sell unique pieces of handiwork. Children are invited to participate in creative workshops, free of charge, and to ride a colorful merry-go-round. The theme of the fair changes to reflect seasonal festivals, during which there also are concerts, exhibitions, open-air plays, and other activities taking place at the fair.
“An event like this on one of the main roads to the heart of Riga is a positive signal to all those visiting Riga,” say Kārlis and Mārtiņš Dambergs, owners of the quarter and devotees of renovating wooden buildings and authentic lifestyle. “Kalnciema Quarter is like an eye-catching brooch on Riga’s dress, and we are pleased at the opportunity to rub it.” This brooch is especially bright on holiday.
Kids can participate in various creative workshops, enjoy the merry-go-round, taste homemade ice-cream and have a nap in a hammock while adults have a look at delicious products by local farmers and home producers (teas, jams, peppermints, meat, fish, and other merchandise).
Besides, each visitor knows that he/she should come to the fair hungry. Diverse local handcraft and jewelry are also on sale, among them, design objects, glass items, etc.
Plant-based food festival AUGam
20.10.2019 12:00 – 20:00
Address:Tallinas iela 10
TICKETS: Free entrance
To introduce Riga and city guests to environmentally and animal-friendly food, AUGam is organizing a vegetarian food festival that will bring together around 15 companies to serve a wide variety of vegan meals throughout the day in accordance with the current season. Find out how diverse and rich vegetarian cuisine is! Delicious burgers, all sorts of sweets and drinks, spicy Asian cuisine, proper “homemade food”, gluten-free and raw-food options – everything you want to taste in one place at the AUGam plant-based food festival. The food festival is organized four times per year – emphasizing the variety of seasonal food that is available at that certain time of the year.
Centuries ago the Riga St John’s Church welcomed foreign traders and young professionals residing in Riga to its church. They enjoyed reserved seating and frequently church services were held in languages understandable to them. The congregation of Riga St John’s Church continues this ancient tradition for city guests and invites them to attend a church service in English on the final Sunday of each month
The Baltic Way was a peaceful political demonstration which took place on 23 August 1989 when approximately two million people joined their hands forming a 600 km long human chain through the Baltic countries, thus demonstrating their unity in their efforts towards freedom.
Why did the Baltic Way take place?
In 1940 the Baltic states were occupied by the Soviet Union which had previously agreed upon it with Nazi Germany. The agreement was entered into on 23 August 1939 in Moscow and was entirely secret. This document is called the Hitler–Stalin Pact or the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact (by the surnames of the signatories: the USSR Minister for Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav Molotov and the German Minister for Foreign Affairs Joachim von Ribbentrop).
At the end of the 1980s the effects of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact were still sharply present in the Baltic states. The occupation continued but the USSR denied the existence of the Pact and continuously asserted that the Baltic states had voluntarily joined the Soviet Union. On 23 August 1989, the 50th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the inhabitants of the three Baltic states demanded public acknowledgement of the Pact’s secret protocols and the renewal of the independence of the Baltic states.
How did the Baltic Way take place?
At 19:00 on 23 August 1989 approximately two million inhabitants of the Baltic states joined hands forming a human chain from Tallinn through Riga to Vilnius. The Baltic Way was organised by the national movements of the Baltic states: the Estonian Rahvarinne, the Latvian Popular front of Latvia and the Lithuanian Sajūdis. The participants gathered in the cities and villages where the campaign was to take place or drove to the less inhabited Baltic territories where the Baltic Way was to wind through.
(Info found on thebalticway.eu definitely check out the site for more info on this historical event)
So on the 23. August in all three Baltic countries there was big memorial events (like concerts, exhibitions)celebrating this Historical moment. And like last year I was invited to stand in a folk costume with other girls, representing the countries who were affected by the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.
I was in the Ukrainian folk costume (looking all cute if I can say so myself) and my friend Jonathan carried the flag. People took so many pictures of us and asked to take photos with them(wouldn’t be surprised if my face is everywhere on people personal facebooks). At the end of the event, people had the opportunity to light candles in a symbolical “Fire Road”. It was a great time, with amazing people and positive emotions!
Hello, my Darlings! How are you all doing? It’s just 9 days till Christmas, Can you believe it?! How are we already here? My mind is blown away with how was the time is going. Last week we had a concert in Adazi(it’s a town in Latvia, 40 km from Riga).To us came a dance collective from Ukraine called ‘Tornado” , with their Christmas program. Our Organisation “Ukrainian center for youth and children in Latvia” with the help of Ukrainian NGO “Flower of Hope” from Harkov made it happen. It was such an amazing concert, with beautiful costumes and colorful dance moves . We had an opportunity to meet and see one of the famous Step dancers(and actors) in Latvia Maris Puris and his dance school performing step-dance, I have never seen it in real life and I was blown away with how interesting it is. It was a great time and a great concert!I hope next year we will do something like this again.
Hello, my darlings! How are you all doing? I’m BACK!!! I’m sorry for being away so long, but to tell the truth, I was to burn out from all the events we had. So from 19.october till 22.october, we had a very big event called “The Baltic Sunrises” Riga – Stockholm – Riga. It’s a festival/competition that we, the Ukrainian Centre for youth and children in Latvia organize. In those 4 days, we had 4 concerts, most of the responsibilities (the arty stuff like program and sound )were on me…That’s one of the reasons I had such a big (unplanned)break from blogging.
We had around 150 guests from Ukraine, Germany, Sweden, and Estonia. I”m so proud of our team, because we did everything amazingly and very profesh! Plus this festival is one of the most talked one in Ukrainian media ever(from our events ). And that makes me so proud!Here you have a little video from the concert
Tell me in the comments, How are you all doing? What’s new with you?
Hello my lovelies! How are you all doing? I had a very eventful week. On the 23rd August was Baltic Way “Anniversary” and just like last year I had the opportunity to “look pretty” in a Ukrainian folk costume. The same as last year people everyone could light a candle in the road as a tribute to Baltic Way.
So What is Baltic Way?
The Baltic Way or Baltic Chain (also Chain of Freedom, Estonian: Balti kett, Latvian: Baltijas ceļš, Lithuanian: Baltijos kelias, Russian: Балтийский путь) was a peaceful political demonstration that occurred on 23 August 1989. Approximately two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning 675.5 kilometers (419.7 mi) across the three Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, considered at the time to be constituent republics of the Soviet Union.The demonstration originated in “Black Ribbon Day” protests held in the western cities in the 1980s. It marked the 50th anniversary of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. The pact and its secret protocols divided Eastern Europe into spheres of influence and led to the occupation of the Baltic states in 1940. More about that you can read here.
Here some random photos from the Event!
I had a lot of fun and I’m thankful to all the people who took a picture with me or of me! It was an amazing event and I’m very thankful to be part of it. Post about last year you can find here .
Tell me in the comments,How was your week?
That’s it from me
Till next time
Photo credit : Alvis Dadzis , Alina Zezlova and wiki
Hello, my darlings!I’m back for good.Did you miss me? .Finally, my fever is back to normal (all last week I had fever 39.5 C, basically I was very sick) and I can sit down to write Where have I been! So basically from 12. April till 15. April I had a very big event called “Ukrainian days on the Baltic Sea” (a festival in Riga and then on the cruise ship Tallink )and I was part of the Organization Committee and the person behind events scenarios, we had 200 international guests overall (so you can imagine how busy I was those days). In the first day we had a concert in Riga, then the next day one in Riga and other on the cruise ship Tallink. And the day after that another concert on the ship. We had amazing concerts and festival overall(very thankful to all of the team working on it for months
I was lucky to go to Stockholm as part of the event and had a little sightseeing there(+ I did a little shopping on the ship so look out for a haul post).The weather was great, so of course, I stuffed myself full of ice cream(big mistake)because I got home with a very high fever. That’s in two words where I was and what did I do.
Tell me in the comments, How was your week?What’s new in your life?
Hello World!Finally, all the Christmas and New year celebration are over for me(My family celebrate two Christmas eves, one by the new style on 24th December and other on the 7th January by the old style ).All the Christmas food is gone,so finally, I can sit down and write all the cool stuff that I did last month!But First I want to thank you for 300 followers!!!!!!!!!I just can’t believe it!Thank you so much !!!!It’s so amazing to know that someone is reading all the blabbering I write, feeling blessed…
What did I do in December?
My December was…busy. It all started with Ukrainian students coming (on the 6th of December)here from Ternopol economical University for a learning trip that our organization hosted. How
always I was the one going around with them and being the “unofficial” translator.One of the coolest meetings we had was with Meeting with the Minister of Justice of Latvia Dzintars Rasnach.
Another big thing was the dance studios ‘Tornado” from Kharkiv, Ukraine concert at the main Christmas fair in Riga, also hosted by us(So you can guess how much work I had)
After it, we did go to Tallin(Estonia) and after that to Helsinki(Finland) with the dance studio and was back on the Christmas Eve Day. I was so surprised how warm it was like it should be that warm around here in December.
Happy Halloween to everyone who is celebrating!In Latvia, we don’t celebrate Halloween, but we do love to dress up and have a great time on this day.This year I didn’t have any plans for this day. Maybe watch some scary videos on youtube and then I decided to share some of my favorites scary stories(or just plain creepy ones) out there(I do like them not only on Halloween), If you are like me and don’t have plans today, then get ready some popcorn or some warm tea and enjoy!
On the 23rd August was Baltic Way “Anniversary” and I had the opportunity to be a part of an amazing event remembering this historical event called “Fire Road”.Where everyone could light a candle in the road as a tribute.
The Baltic Way or Baltic Chain (also Chain of Freedom, Estonian: Balti kett, Latvian: Baltijas ceļš, Lithuanian: Baltijos kelias, Russian: Балтийский путь) was a peaceful political demonstration that occurred on 23 August 1989. Approximately two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning 675.5 kilometers (419.7 mi) across the three Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, considered at the time to be constituent republics of the Soviet Union.The demonstration originated in “Black Ribbon Day” protests held in the western cities in the 1980s. It marked the 50th anniversary of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. The pact and its secret protocols divided Eastern Europe into spheres of influence and led to the occupation of the Baltic states in 1940.More about that you can read here.
And we opened the Night News!
So what was I doing at this event?
Well basically looked pretty in a Ukrainian traditional costume for an hour(Thanks to Ukrainian center who asked me to do it).The only thing I’m really sad about is my resting “Bitch face”..You can see that in almost every single photo. I guess people were thinking I’m mad or just tired..but it’s just my face when it in a relaxing mood.Ah, sad…but I had a great time and the people were so nice.
Here you have another video!
Tell me in the comments, Have you ever been on TV?If not then would you want to?