EVENTS IN NOVEMBER, 2019. A useful shortlist. UPDATED 06.11.2019

"Enter, The Night," said November, again, and came in with a slightly patriotic pathos in the dark of the year - be it national celebrations like the Day of Independence on 18 November, or the post-Soviet anniversary events like the fall of Berlin Wall. While the diurnal creatures are getting sleepy, things are looking up for the nocturnals - from now on, nothing stops the night, except the light of Latvians. And this enlightening event shortlist in November.

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Capital R Riga event shortlist

When: until 8 November
Where: LOOK! gallery
How much: free entrance
It's only a week's time to make up with your busy schedule and see the great, minimalistic, yet rich works by this young and emerging local artist. "In his works, the Jānis talks about the alphabet of space, how the conversation between the painting and the viewer is formed and changed. Everything is self-sufficient and worth to be respected. When an object is painted, the background also speaks and interacts, like black and white colors interact, not only the object or just the background."

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When: until 17 November
Where: Arsenāls
How much:
The major centenary exhibition of works from the graduates of Latvians State Academy of Art. "The show brings the atmosphere and essence of the Art Academy of Latvia to ARSENĀLS, presenting a continuously changing display where the works on view will be enhanced and developed on site for the duration of the exhibition. More than 50 students and recent graduates contribute to this project, creating work that reflects the interests of emerging artists in the field of creative research. The novelty of this exhibition is expressed through its open format of action providing audiences of all ages a possibility to participate in the creation of artworks and witness the beauty of a virtual reality garden."

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When: 6 - 9 November
Where: H2O6 Aistere hall
How much: €€€€€+
"By choosing "Architecture of Migration" as a conference theme, we aim to broaden the notion of “migration” beyond its preconceptions and deconstruct its most common meanings. Architecture in this context is considered a system, a medium and prerequisite for movement – not merely an inhabitable building but the physical infrastructure of space and intangible connections.
The event and conference will merge worldwide expertise with a closer focus on the Baltic Sea Region and countries delineating the Baltic coast."

30 years since The Fall of the Berlin Wall
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When: 8 - 9 November
Where: Former Faculty of Biology / Spīķeru koncertzāle
How much: € - €€€€
"After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the West and the East became connected by a new culture phenomena – techno revolution. In fact, Soviet Riga was destined to be the city that later revealed a completely new and revolutionary music culture within the Soviet Union.  In the USSR that was the beginning of a new era. The Era of Dance". "The whole techno revolution after the fall of the Berlin Wall came from the east not from the west" said WestBam."
The daytime programme during the "Era of Dance" weekend in Riga  will include screenings of several great movies about the last 10 years of the wall in Berlin and an exposition. Between that, Derrick May, one of the main heroes in the documentary film "Era of Dance" (2018), will also share a special performance at Spīķeri concert hall.

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When: 14 - 15 November
Where: Hanzas perons
How much: €€€€€+
"The Digital Freedom Festival is a multi-event platform where more than 1500 geeks of the digital era meet with policy-makers to solve problems caused by the clash of the digital and analogue worlds. Investors and technology evangelists connect with young, bright minds of the start-up scene, and consumers discuss the impact of technology on our lifestyles."

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When: 15 - 18 November
Where: multiple locations
How much: free admission
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the "Shine Riga" festival of light will brighten the dark autumnal city every evening from 18:00 to 23:00 before the great Day of Independence is solemnized and finalized with the grand fireworks by the river quay. It might get chilly and even drizzly, yet some of the installations, taking over the city’s parks, squares and façades, are always worth a visit. There will also be multiple private and corporate initiatives in public spaces and in bars, cafés, and other culture places. This year’s theme is "4D".

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When: 16 November
Where: Palladium
How much: €€€€ - €€€€€+
"Brit Floyd, the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show, returns in 2019 with its most ambitious and biggest production yet; a very special 40th Anniversary celebration of Pink Floyd’s iconic rock opera, ‘The Wall’. Released in November, 1979, a semi-autobiographical concept album from the mind of Pink Floyd's founding member Roger Waters, 'The Wall' remains one of the biggest selling albums of all time, and a major moment in rock music history.
As well as performing highlights from The Wall, the new Brit Floyd production will include songs from Pink Floyd’s classic albums, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Division Bell and much more.


When: 16 – 17 November
Where: The Mill, Tallinas street quarter
How much: donation 8-10 EUR
"Latvia has the highest HIV infection rate among European Union countries with more than 19 HIV positive cases among 100 000 people (in other European countries the average is 5). Electronic music charity night La Danza De La Realidad is organized by Elīza Āboltiņa in collaboration with organization AGIHAS, information platform and LGBT support group Mozaīka. The 12 hour program will present Argentinian DJ Thomass Jackson, KODEK, Mixmaster Raitis, Origo Boys, Trashy Kid, Multilux, Siena, Dartau, Ferneklang & Biruta Fogele. Income will be donated to Support Group for People Living with HIV/AIDS also known as AGIHAS."

The Pale Tourist
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When: 21 November
Where: Kongresu nams
How much: €€€ - €€€€
"Jim Gaffigan is a four-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, Emmy winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life.
On the silver screen, his many credits include Three Kings, Super Troopers 1 & 2, and Chappaquiddick. 2019 will be Gaffigan’s biggest year to date with an astonishing ten films scheduled for release.  Three of these films premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival including Troop Zero with Viola Davis and Alison Janney, Them That Follow, and Light From Light – with many festival goers calling Gaffigan the “King of Sundance.”"

From rock arena to concert hall
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When: 29 November
Where: Lielā Ģilde
How much: € - €€
"The timelessness of Frank Zappa's and Keith Emerson's music allows Sinfonietta Rīga to investigate: what happens when orchestra takes on some first-rate rock music? Zappa is renowned around the world as a visionary musician and rebellious outsider possessing unbounded creativity unlike any of his contemporaries. In his debut record Zappa lists 179 people who have inspired him: among many others this long and motley list includes artist Salvador Dalí, writer James Joyce, composer Igor Stravinsky and musician Ravi Shankar. In his turn, Emerson was part of English supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer, one of the most popular and successful progressive rock bands from the 1970s. Finally, the two younger composers whose works are included in the programme - Platon Buravicky and Jachin Pousson - engage in a witty conversation with the above-mentioned 20th century masters with gusto."

What else: a superb programme is presented on the newly opened concert hall "Latvia" this month.
  • For the fast-tempered, we believe there are still tickets for one of the best romantic soloists today - Spencer Krug, performing on the piano, with a mesmerizing baritone and dark of the night. 3 November;
  • The Ecstatic Music Ventspils will take place during the next weekend from 8 - 10 November, offering three unique concerts with independent musicians performing with other musicians, creating adventurous arrangements. They are - Deerhoof & TIGUE, Zola Jesus & Ecstatic Quartet, and Caroline Shaw, Judd Greenstein & Ecstatic Quartet;
  • On the National Holiday weekend, 16 November, the famous trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer will be performing , thus closing the circle of one of the most important concerts this year being staged on the "Latvija" concert hall.