EVENTS IN OCTOBER, 2019. A useful shortlist.

It seems to be that October is the month of professionals this year. Apart from several pop culture activities, the next 31 days will mostly gather advertisers, fashion designers, the movie industry, start-up and tech tigers, and others looking for a chance to entertain themselves, yet arrive back home with their cup being filled with new contacts and professional skills. We, again, introduce you to a juicy shortlist with things to do in Riga this October!

capital r riga, jelgava 94 movie

When: all October
Where: various locations
How much:
Inspired by the most popular and legendary books in XXI century Latvian litearature by Jānis Joņevs, it was only a matter of time when such movie will come out. Telling a story of teenagers in Jelgava, a quite Post-Soviet town in Latvia, the movie represents the towns groovy atmosphere and urges to feel alive and free in a place and country that's confused between the past and future. It definitely is a movie to all millenials that experienced something simmilar in every place in Latvia during the mid-90's and works as a nice representation of life back then - its happy and sad aspects at the same time. The movie is in Latvian, but is subtitled in English.

hanzas perons, capital r riga, event, baltijas zīmolu forums

When: 3 October
Where: Hanzas perons
How much: €€€€€+
"How are people’s habits formed today? How can we change them or make new ones in the best possible way to benefit not only our brand but also the whole society? Or should we just react to emerging trends? How ready for performance marketing are advertisers, media, agencies? These are only some questions we will try to answer in the first Baltic Brand Forum.
Inspired by the 30th anniversary of The Baltic Way and celebrating 15 years of Baltic Brand ranking, the first Baltic Brand Forum will be held on October 3 in Riga in Hanzas Perons. It will consist of pannel discussions and bright industry professionals from Baltic countries and guest speakers from UK with remarkable international experience in successful brand making."
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skaņu mežs, capital r riga

When: 5; 11 - 12 October
Where: Rīgas Birža & Hanzas perons
How much: free - €€€
"Sound Forest" is one of those legendary festivals for adventurous (innovative, experimental, avant-garde, etc.) music you should visit every single time. In fact, taking place in Riga, Latvia since 2003, it has gathered a strong crowd of devotees doing so. "Seeing as all forms of modern music have an experimental dimension, there is always a wide variety of musical genres represented at the festival – from electro-acoustic music, free improvisation, contemporary composition and noise to interesting shifts in dance music, hip-hop and rock or metal. Skaņu Mežs is a member of festival network ICAS (International Cities of Advanced Sound) and a co-founder of the SHAPE platform as well as one of its two coordinators. SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art is supported by the „Creative Europe” programme of the EU."
Altered States of Fashion
Altered States of Fashion, capital r riga, design museum

When: 10 October - 8 December
Where: Museum of Decorative Arts and Design
How much:
For the very first time an ambitious exhibition of the renowned Latvian fashion design duo MAREUNROL’S will be presented. It will be a "retrospective of MAREUNROL’S collections expanded with video documentation, photographs, sculptural elements and an audio installation. The authors attach meaning to every detail, their aim is to create clothing that tells a story and lives its own life just like a conceptual work of art. MAREUNROL’S creative career demonstrates their ability to boldly address the viewer, calling for a search for the code of future forms, to reflect on the trajectory of public thought, the relationship with space, body, sound and movement as well as actively responding to social processes."

capital r riga

When: 10 - 11 October
Where: Ķīpsala exhibition hall
How much: €€€ - €€€€€
We recommended this event last year, when it was just an emerging one, and seems - since Latvia is very much gaining popularity as a tech-friendly country, the conference is doing fine! "RIGA COMM is an annual IT and business event for entrepreneurs of service and manufacturing fields, multi-level executives of state institutions and organisations and professionals representing multiple fields of operation, where they can learn about the latest offers of digital service providers and product manufacturers from the Baltics and other countries, consult with knowledgeable specialists and together select the solutions that are most suitable for businesses or organisations, all in the same place. The goal of the exhibition is to encourage modernisation of companies, organisations, state and municipal institutions for more effective operation. The content of the exhibition is suitable for entrepreneurs and executives of all fields."
The conference this year will cover topics such as: Internet of Things, Fintech, Humans + Intelligent Machines, Women in Tech, Cognizant Future of Work Stage, Digital Marketing and Smart HR.

Tanel Mütt; Mava; D I N; iOAN
Tanel Mütt, Mava, D I N, iOAN, capital r riga, 2019, one one

When: 11 October
Where: ONE ONE
How much:
"It’s been two years since Micronica crew are throwing parties. For this special occasion they have decided to mix things up a little by inviting two Estonian underground superheroes: Tanel Mütt as one of the most in-demand DJs and one of the most active promoters in Estonia and Mava known to be a master of locking the crowd in by his mindblowing hypnotic techno sets. And, of course, the local heroes of the day - iOAN and D I N. Expect a spectacular night where we celebrate the diversity of techno music by an easygoing party with a mesmerizing vibe."

Riga international film festival, capital r riga, splendid palace

When: 17 - 27 October
Where: various locations
How much:
Latvians have always been quite hungry for a more artful and crafty cinema. Smaller festivals have been empowering such culture, but since 2014 Riga International Film festival "paints a picture together of the most daring and important European cinema today and allows for successful curating of Latvian film within a larger context. Part of the festival’s infrastructure is the legendary cinema house Splendid Palace (member of Europa Cinemas), it hosts most of the film programme and events. The festival features several international competition programmes, headed by a multi-genre feature film competition within which an international jury chooses a title for the Riga IFF Award each year.
In 2019 the festival aims to continue bringing together the Latvian and European film industries, developing film culture and film literacy in the capital and in the country, while also raising the bar for the festival’s production and content value."

capital r riga

When: 17 - 20 October
Where: various locations
How much: € - €€€
This annual mini-festival will offer a few concerts related to the academic, and classical, even folk a cappella tradition Latvians are very fond of. Our suggestion would be visiting the concert of a Georgian singing band "Didgori"!
Sadly, a festival of such a cool message does not have any information in English :(

Kirill Shapovalov 
capital r riga, 2019

When: 19 October
Where: Tu Jau Zini Kur
How much:
"Klik Klak is back! This time we are excited to have Kirill Shapovalov, dj and co-founder of the queer party Popoff Kitchen cooked in Moscow, joining us. Popoff Kitchen is leading Russia’s blossoming queer clubbing scene forward. Kirill Shapovalov eclectic set are reaching dark, industrial, minimal wave and queer territories.

Coolio, NaNa, C-Block, N-Trance
capital r riga, 2019, arena riga

When: 25 October
Where: Arēna Rīga
How much: €€€ - €€€€
One needs to be totally out of this world not to notice the 90's are coming back. It does not affect only the fashion industry, but also all those one hit wonders that rocked the last decade before the millennium ended. Look at those names - yezz, real shooting stars! No doubt, this event will just be one of those "Gangsta's Paradise" scenarios for everybody - those in their thirties will find nostalgia, those before their twenties will get the taste of some retro beat!