This year, there are a total of 35 objects included in the Staro Riga Light Festival programme. Of these, 22 form the basic programme and are works submitted by artists selected by the competition committee, but another 13 are light objects from the programme provided by cooperation partners. Ten of them are placed next to the other festival works in the old town and Riga’s centre, while two are a bit further out.
One of the more distant is the Greenovative Latvia laser-projection on the façade of the administration building at Riga International Airport. This work offers a green and innovative vision, emphasizing getting close to nature and the ability to be inspired by it, searching for newer, more modern and sustainable solutions. The second object, which is further away, is Eternal Movement and can be viewed at the very opposite end of Riga – on the recently restored and illuminated façade of the Latvian Academy of Sport Education at Brivibas Gatve 333. Development, growth and innovative achievements in sports science, physical movement and knowledge will be symbolized in this projection, portraying various types of sports.
Next to three of the objects in the festival’s basic programme that are located in the neighbourhood of Riga’s St. Peter’s Church, will be another called Linea Temporis, a musical laser performance which can be viewed inside the church. The surreal music and light journey is marked visually by 258 laser beams, created in two parts. In the first, Estonian composer Robert Jürjendal’s composition is like a time tunnel in another dimension, while the second laser beam choreography is created using a composition by young Estonian composer Pärt Uusberg, composed primarily for this year’s Estonian Song Celebration.
A light installation with a hologram called Jānis Čakste – 160, can be viewed at the Saeima Building in the old town and is dedicated to the anniversary of the first President of Latvia Jānis Čakste, with Aleksandrs Čakste playing his great-great-grandfather’s role. In this area, there is also Centenary of Heroes, a projection created on the Gunpowder Tower by video artist Rihards Gēcis. It is based on the passage of time and shows the courage and heroism of our soldiers over a century.
In the area on the far side of Valdemar Street, the four objects in the basic programme are joined by an interactive art installation called Lighthouse, which is located in Kronvalda Park. The lighthouse serves as a symbol of security, stability and trust while travelling in the unknown. This is specifically why the lighthouse was selected by the team at Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns Law Offices as a symbol of what has been achieved, to mark their 20 year anniversary in Latvia.
As part of its 80th birthday, JSC Latvenergo invites you to attend the short light and sound performance called Story of the Birth of Energy on the façade of its building at Pulkveza brieza Street 12. It tells us about the origin of electrical power, whereas in the interactive part of the installation, visitors can digitalize their energy wave and create a digital energy network at #nākotnesenerģijai.
The Moment Before a Dream projection on the façade of an auxiliary building at the Ministry of Culture at K.Valdemara Street 11a will invite you into artist Elita Patmalniece’s dream world. Her works will come to life in the projection and the heroes in her paintings will invite you to dream while you are awake.
There will be an opportunity to watch a multimedia performance at the Esplanade called Erasmus+ Unlock the World, which will shed light on such pleasant phenomena as broadening one’s perspective, gaining valuable knowledge, developing language skills, gaining international experience, as well as growth and openness to diversity and innovation. Next to the Cabinet of Ministers Building, there will be a dynamic interaction of projections, reflections and sound called Meeting, which talk about Latvia as being a place where we meet and work together to create a better future.
A Sea Monster will be living in the courtyard in front of the Splendid Palace Cinema. This light installation and projection will make you think about sea and ocean pollution. Meanwhile, on the façade of the building at Raiņa Boulevard 13, there will be a projection on view with German artist Robert Seidel’s digital paintings #Europe United, while Dolls’ House will be on view at Elizabetes Street 81. There will certainly be something here for younger visitors to see.
This is obviously not the only route for viewing the objects, just one of the possible options, highlighting the contribution of the Staro Riga partners. You could also combine the placement of the objects in the Staro Riga basic programme with it, to see the widest range of what is being offered at the light festival. And the information centre by the Laima Clock will certainly be useful to get a festival map or even better – to download the festival mobile application on your smart devices. The application is a positive aspect of this year’s festival, which is possible thanks to the altruistic Staro Riga partners – thank you to Gļebs Revkovs, Vladislavs Simanovičs (twiceapps.com) and Andrejs Fomčenko (fomand.me)!
The organizers of Staro Rīga express their gratitude to all festival partners. The objects that they have created and financed can be seen on this route – the State Chancellery, the R of L Saeima, the Ministry of Defence, the Embassy to the Federal Republic of Germany in Riga, the State Education Development Agency, the Freeport of Riga Authority, Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns Law Offices, Omniva Ltd., the Latvian Academy of Sport Education, JSC Latvenergo, Riga International Airport and UNTITLED originals.
May it light up beautifully!