Medieval symbolism and necessity: Riga roosters

One of the symbols, often associated with Riga, especially its Old part, is a rooster. Anyone hanging around Old town and looking around and above will notice golden roosters on the tops of churches scattered through Old Riga. Rooster, a very old symbol of Riga with its decorative role nowadays, had a functional purpose before – since the 15th century it served also as a weather vane. Since Riga has always been a port city, its economic activity many centuries ago depended on the weather conditions, and the weather wanes were a tool for getting a weather forecast on a daily […]

Creative quarters of Riga

As a text on one of the posters glued to the wall of Andrejsala Singalong hostel in 2007 said, ”You can stay here forever if you succeed”. This is an utopian idea behind the creative quarters philosophy, which usually contradicts with the concept of creative quarters and their role in the society and urban development in the world. Riga, as many other cities in the world, like New York, London, Berlin or Stockholm, has and has had creative quarters in its various areas during different periods of time. Creative quarters are city districts, which initially are in condition lacking development, […]

The art of light festival

The last quarter of the year while approaching winter holidays, hosts one more worth to mention event, which annually takes place in Riga. It is called Staro Rīga and it is dedicated to the art of light, literally translated as Lights Riga. This year, at already the 11th festival it will be possible to observe 43 light objects around Riga. Staro Rīga is known outside Latvia among tourists and artists. This time artists from France, Germany, Portugal, Japan, and Netherlands were invited for collaboration. This year the festival will happen on the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th of November and […]

History hunters. A review on flea markets in Riga.

Flea market is a place where it is possible to exchange money for an item with a history. Among many simple and sophisticated, antique and vintage items one can find there a piece for oneself. The sellers know their products well and stand near them like the conjuring magicians who send you a message – do not pass by, just look. And it is true that it is possible here to immerse yourself into the world of strangers’ stories, where one of them will seem to be in tune with yours – you only just need to take a closer […]