Cinema season

Autumn in Riga is always full of interesting events. Festivals, festivals, and festivals – music, cinema, theater. One of them is already running, but there is still an opportunity to get some tickets. Expats in Riga suggests paying an attention to the screenings of the Baltic Pearl movie festival, which takes place from September 19th till September 25th at Splendid Palace cinema. Some movies are shown in English with a synchronized translation into the headphones. Check the schedule! There are a lot of movies worth visiting.

Some spots that your children would be happy to visit

1. Centra sporta kvartāls (Central sports quarter) on Kr. Barona street 116a (between Kr. Barona, A.Čaka, Tallinas, and Ērgļu streets). 7 000 square meters of openair attractions for kids of different ages, including a playground for kids, bike path, basketball field, ping pong tables etc. Opening hours: November 1st — March 31st: 16:00-22:00 (on working days), 8:00-20:00 (on weekends and public holidays); April 1st — October 31st: 16:00-22:00 (on working days), 8:00-22:00 (on weekends and public holidays). 2. Playground for kids in Esplanāde park near Art Academy of Latvia. In case you feel like going out is a good idea. […]

Think global, buy local

In Latvia as in many other EU countries a significant attention is paid to the local designers’ scene. Local arts and crafts are promoted in a form of separate events and spots that allow a local designer community to develop. Expats in Riga magazine has prepared a selection of various events and places worth to be visited. Rīgas dizaina tirgus is a regularly organised event aimed at promotion of local designers. It happens in different places and each time features different and returning participants. The selection of brands represented varies from artists working with leather and kid wear producers to […]

Autumn activities

The summer is over according to the Gregorian calendar. That means that there won’t be many warm sunny days on the beach, swimming, volleyball, and other summer activities anymore. Maybe just a couple of Indian summer days. Expats in Riga opens a seasonal column about activities, which might become an alternative, at least a slight one — for those who are in love with the summer. Today Expats in Riga magazine presents a list of shopping centres working in Riga. This might be helpful for those who are new to the city and maybe are looking for some apparel or […]

How to shop quickly in IKEA Riga

1. Register on the www.ikea.lv website. 2. Get an Ikea Family loyalty card via the website and save it on your phone or print it out. 3. Find those products, which you are interested in, and save them as favourites on the website. If you do not have a smartphone, print out information about products, including a section “Location of the product”. 4. In the shop go through the 1st floor till the self-service department with products on the shelves. Before the exit take the cart. 5. Find your product using information about its location on the website. 6. Load […]

What kind of coffee do Rigans drink

Marija Kozharina, 2D & 3D graphic designer Drinks coffee with milk at home because it is tasty and coffee latte in Narvesen because it’s on the way over. G60z, Rigan Prefers black coffee, 3-4 times a day. Because it’s black. Laimonas, RiganHas partially switched from coffee to tea, but drinks coffee during the lunch, not regularly. Tries not to drink coffee after lunch. Usually chooses brewed coffee at home or coffee from Circle K. Arthur, Rigan Does not drink a lot of coffee, just about 15-20 cups per year, and if drinks then does it in the city. Never drinks […]

Latvia in figures: migration

According to information provided by Latvian statistical bureau the number of people who have migrated to Latvia in 2017 amounts to 9 916 people. That’s by 1 571 people more than in 2016. Among those who have moved to Latvia in 2017 for a long-term living are 4 841 from EU-28 countries – this segment constitutes the largest share of all long-term migrants represented in the table, namely 49%. They are followed by CIS country citizens, which are 3 388 people in total or 34%. Those coming from other countries are 1 687 people. According to the above-mentioned source the most active […]

An interview with Vladimir Avramenko, an artist

ER: How did you decide to become an artist?V.A.: I wouldn’t say that there has been a conscious decision to become an artist, rather a naïve notion that untainted creative outbursts of my mind might grant me a ticket into a more stable, fulfilling and less ordinary living. What I didn’t quite take into account is the fact that this borderline position of an artist has to be guarded, nurtured and justified on a daily basis. In other words, it is not too hard to decide to become an artist, it is much harder to hold on to this idea […]

An interview with Uri Bernad, a photographer

ER: Where are you from? UB: I am a Catalan expat from Barcelona, moved to Latvia about a year ago. ER: What is your profession? What do you do for living as an expat? UB: I am a freelance photographer and tour guide in Riga, where I opened my photography business – Uri Foto, specialised in weddings, musical & corporate events. I also offer guided “photo shooting tours” in Rīga and Cēsis, combining history and portrait photography. ER: What was your previous experience? UB: I studied Media & Film in Prague, graduating in Contemporary Philosophy some years later in Barcelona. […]