Going for a Christmas tree to the Latvian forest

Expats in Riga magazine decided to figure out how to get a Christmas tree for free in Latvia. Each year, in December, AS Latvijas meži decides whether to allow households to cut Christmas trees in the forest or not. If the enterprise states that during this period of time citizens have made a damage to the forest, this practice is ceased. However, this year, as the year before, it was again settled upon to allow cutting the Christmas trees in the forests of AS Latvijas meži. It is legitimate to cut a Christmas tree only on the territory of Latvijas […]

An interview with Julia Kozlovska, a vegan cook

ER: Expats in Riga decided to talk to you because you are a vegan cook, and this is popular now. Could you, please, tell why you have decided to work in this sphere and why vegan nutrition is so widespread nowadays? JK: The vegan culinary interested me long before I have decided to change my career and become a cook. It always seemed to me that a diet of a modern citizen lacks vegetables, and I felt that I would like to make vegetable dishes as tasty as possible. I have studied various ways how to use vegetable products in […]

Christmas and New Year markets

Expats in Riga magazine decided to explore Christmas and New Year market spots around Riga. Here what we have come up with! Selling and buying things at the pop-up markets has become popular among people living in Riga. Despite the fact that usually pop-up markets offer their visitors seasonal products, like Christmas souvenirs or farmers’ food, their tradition goes far beyond it, focusing on a wide choice of designer and artisanal accessories and apparel, bed linen, kitchenware, interior decoration objects and so on. A time before and during Christmas and New Year holidays usually is especially rich with such events, […]

The craft of beer. Some spots in Riga

Making a business out of crafts can be regarded as a trend in the 2010s, which has conquered an attention of many via such channels as Instagram and Facebook. Silk-printed t-shirts, cotton bags with handmade embroidery, porcelain kitchenware, painted pottery made in a small studio, and many other things, like jewellery, bed linen, or an apparel have become a part of everyone’s life, stepping hand in hand with other trends like upcycling or a fair trade – parts of a sustainable living concept. which has become a bold concept, covering many aspects of everyday life. But who could have imagined […]

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 […]

Autumn is the best time for visiting one of the most beautiful places in Latvia

The calendar shows the middle of September, the first month of an autumn. This season is very beautiful in Latvia, especially when the greenery becomes yellow, but the leaves still stay on the trees. There is a tradition in Latvia to go to the nature in this period of the year and to enjoy the beauty of colours in the forests, in the fields, and even in the swamps. The latter deserve a special attention since there is a magnificent place, Kemeri National Park, located in Zemgale and Vidzeme, with lots of beautiful swamps and forests there. It is also […]

Willing to express yourself in writing?

There are good news for those willing to be read by others. There is going to be added a new section in the Expats in Riga Magazine – a blog by expats, where on a weekly basis, once a week on Saturday, texts by expats sharing their daily experience about living in Riga will be published. Anyone, willing to get on the pages of the magazine, is welcome to apply via expatsinriga @ gmail. com by sending a text written in English on the topic “Riga through the eyes of an expat”. Here you can tell anything related to your […]

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 […]

A contemporary circus and street art festival “RE RIGA”

Each year, in August, in Riga takes place an international contemporary circus and street art festival “Re Riga!”. As part of the festival, during five years of its existence, more than 80 artists from 20 countries gathering more than 50 000 visitors have been brought to Latvia. The exclamation ‘Re!’ comes from the Latvian language meaning ‘Hey, look at that!’ or ‘Look, look!’. The events of the festival take place in various locations around Riga. In the year 2014 RE RIGA! was included in the official program of Riga – the European Capital of Culture. This year “Re Riga!” will […]

Riga City Festival at Central Market

A special event as part of Riga City Festival will happen on 18th of August, from 11:00 till 16:00 at Riga Central Market Nēģu square. There will be organized various creative workshops dedicated to the creation of textile, like shopping bags, and to painting jars for the conservation of products. There will also be musicians creating a special atmosphere of the event. It will be possible to hear an accordionist Arkady Zimov, to enjoy the performance of Daiga Petkevich and Normund Jakushonok duo. The Grillers Brotherhood will allow the visitors to see the competition between BBQ teams. There will also […]