10 EVENTS IN RIGA IN JUNE 2022. A useful shortlist.

Welcome, summer! And welcome, June, with your almost-never-ending days, the Midsummer solstice celebration and, hopefully, some warm weather for a change! We continue to introduce our readers with a top of some really good monthly events among dozens of others - from concerts to performances, from art exhibitions to national celebrations. Let this list serve you as a source for inspiration when planning to visit Riga or let it serve as a qualitative shortcut in the abundance of events this month if you are already in town! Enjoy Riga, go to our 500km long sandy beaches and happy Midsummer Līgo!

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ANNA PRIEDOLA
Milk diaries
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When: until 5 June  
Where: Pauls Stradiņš Medicine History Museum
How much: 0,70 - 15 EUR
Apart from the interesting permanent exhibition, the Medicine History Museum in Riga also hosts a wonderful, witty and important show, focusing on dementia and the experience of people with dementia and their relatives. Local artist Anna Priedola introduces and depicts the daily life and perceptual processes, socio-political realities, and human relations of seniors with dementia in audio format through data visualizations and experiences of dementia. The artist uses milk and its products as the principal means of expression.
The exhibition is complemented by items in the museum's collection. Anatomical preparations, black-and-white photographs, historical data visualizations, and everyday objects introduce the visitor to the exhibition and draw attention to the presence and appearance of aging in everyday life.
 
RIGA PHOTOMONTH 
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When: until 22 June  
Where: multiple locations
How much: free
Riga Photomonth is back with even more challenging ways to talk about photography! The international art & photography festival has been around Riga since 2014, and this year the themo of the event is "DECADENCE"! "Riga Photomonth tries to respond to current events that affect us locally and globally, and explores new ways to talk about photography. The festival’s public programme includes exhibitions, performances, public art activities, artist talks, discussions and screenings," and this year it all seems to be very lush and lustful!
 
SEB SCHOLARSHIP IN PAINTING 2022
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 When: until 19 July
Where: PILOT gallery
How much: free
"The Art Academy of Latvia, in collaboration with SEB Bank, has rnveile the ‘SEB Scholarship in Painting 2022’ finalist exhibition. Visitors will have the opportunity to appraise the works of local young and promising painters Atis Izands, Santa Paula, Marta Griģe, Jūlija Šilova and Alise Builevica. This year, the jury evaluated the students’ works in accordance with their artistic value, pictorial quality, and contemporaneity. Previous creative activity was also taken into consideration. The aim of the SEB Scholarship is to provide support for talented young artists and to motivate them to make new works of art, which hold the promise of receiving international acclaim. Through the use of classical painting methods and techniques, the laureates contribute to the development of contemporary painting, as well as highlight its role as an important and lasting artistic medium."
 
IRON MAIDEN
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 When: 2 June
Where: Arēna Rīga
How much: 50.20 - 80.20 EUR
This summer, one of the most important heavy metal bands of all time, Iron Maiden, will visit Latvia for the first time as part of the world concert tour "Legacy Of The Beast". The special guests of the concert are the German gothic metal band Lord of the Lost. As pioneers of the new wave of British heavy metal movement, Iron Maiden achieved initial success during the early 1980s. Over the course of 47 years, they have come to embody a spirit of fearless creative independence, ferocious dedication to their fans. With over 100 million record sales, more than 2000 live performances in 63 countries, tens of millions of fans, and 17 studio albums of unerring quality and power to their name, Iron Maiden have more than earned their proudly-held status as one of the most influential and revered rock bands of all time. Iron Maiden is showing no signs of slowing down any time just yet. 

MACHINE DE CIRQUE
Ghost Light
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When: 5 - 6 June  
Where: Mihaila Čehova Rīgas Krievu Teātris
How much: 8 - 35 EUR
"The teeterboard takes the centre of the stage. The fact that it rotates, makes it a major acrobatic challenge. The acrobats are unrelenting in their efforts to push back the boundaries of the teeterboard. The artists are aware that these moments are fleeting, a sense of urgency pushes them to continue working and enjoying this process till the very end. On the stage, under the ghost light’s rays, their story unfolds."
 
SANSUSĪ VAKARS RĪGĀ
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When: 10 June  
Where: Krūmiņsala
How much: 15 EUR 
One of the most awaited of all alternative classical and subcultural events in Riga, Sansusī  warms up before their multi-day festival in August and returns this year for their second time on an uninhibited island south of Riga. Mixing adventurous academically trained musicians with postmodern instrumentalist battles, stage art performance in the tree and 20-minute discotheque, this evening will uncover another rich experience of alternative layers to the cultural life of Riga! NB! The island is quite untamed and located in the middle of the river Daugava - prepare clothes and mosquito repellents accordingly!
 
JOSE GONZALEZ
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When: 10 June  
Where: Palladium Riga
How much: 35 EUR 
"With three solo albums, worldwide tours and some billion streams under his belt, the famous singer-songwriter José González has definitely made a name for himself with his signature style. His warm, intimate voice and tender harmonies, underlined by a dexterously plucked Spanish guitar and muted percussion, deliver profoundly thoughtful lyrics largely revolving around ideas of civilization, humanism, and solidarity. A sincere, artful performer whose singular approach to songwriting and sonics sets him worlds apart, José González is in a class by himself."
 
GOGOL BORDELLO
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When: 13 June  
Where: Palladium Riga
How much: 39 EUR
Att this point - who has not heard anything about Gogol Bordello, or at least their signature hit "Start wearing purple"? They are again ir Riga! Gogol Bordello is an American gypsy punk band from New York City, New York, consisting of founding member and frontman Eugene Hütz and longtime violinist Sergey Ryabtsev, alongside bass player Thomas Gobena, percussionist Pedro Erazo, guitarist Boris Pelekh, and drummer Alfredo Ortiz, among others.
 
MOLCHAT DOMA
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When: 16 June  
Where: Palladium Riga
How much: 20 EUR 
Probably know for their signature Tiktok "hit" Sudno, "Molchat Doma (translated as “Houses Are Silent”), was founded in 2017 in Minsk, Belarus, and stands at the intersection of post-punk, new-wave and synth-pop. Dark yet danceable, and with a heavy dose of goth ethos, their music is reminiscent of the masters that predate them, but make no mistake: Molchat Doma creates a sound and meaning that is immediately recognizable as all their own. Their second LP, Этажи (pronounced Etazhi, meaning “Floors”) was released in 2018. It has sold out more than 10000 copies and is currently on repressing due to outstanding demand. Despite playing to packed clubs no matter whether it's in London, Warsaw, Helsinki, Belgrad, or Berlin, they are still flying under the radar in their native Belarus."
 
MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT 
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When:
23 - 24 June (also 21 June) 
Where: everywhere 
How much: free
If there is an event as great as a nation in Latvia, it, for sure, is the Midsummer's night, or the Summer solstice, or Līgo or Jāņi. Once celebrated exclusively on 21 June long time ago (following the astronomical calendar), the event has evolved into a mass happening enjoyed nationally mostly during 23 - 24 June. Literally half the country is gone to forests, countryside, by lakes, the sea, among friends or family (or people we soon make friends or family). Midsummer in Latvia is mass events, small events, strong repetitive traditions, but, most of all, the night is never slept and the god of bonfire and nature is always celebrated. NB! The best way to celebrate this is to "hire a Latvian" - when possible, try to catch up with someone really local; then you will be much closer to understand what this means to us.

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