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

With a few exceptions, it has been two years without our CAPITAL R monthly event shortlists. The restrictions of the pandemic are finally lifted, covid is slowly stepping back for now (hopefully - for good), and we are immensely happy to see Riga being vibrant again, with streets at their fullest with people and the revenance of off-the-screen culture life; also May again reminds us about the day of our Restoration of Latvian Independence after the Soviet yoke - a very relevant thing to celebrate especially with what's happening now in Ukraine. As if there was no pause since March 2020, here's our next shortlist of 10 great events in Riga this May everyone can visit or take part in! Hooray!

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When: until 12 May
Where: various locations
How much: various prices
"Troubled minds" is a Latvian made all original and surprisingly contemporary "dark, psychedelic dramedy that revolves around two brothers, a pair of contemporary artists, who are preparing for their biggest exhibition yet, which they want to turn into an “art terror act”, and who are struggling to cope with their personal ambitions, bipolar disorder and psychedelic experiences, as well as their ability to accept each other’s artistic ego." In movie theaters most likely only in May.

When: until 10 July
Where: various locations
How much: free - 5 EUR
"Riga Photography Biennial (RPB) is an international contemporary art event, focusing on the analysis of visual culture and artistic representation. The term ‘photography’ in the title of the biennial is used as an all-embracing concept encompassing a mixed range of artistic image-making practices that have continued to transform the lexicon of contemporary art in the 21 st century.
The RPB's programme in 2022 explores the phenomenon of isolation from different angles. Alongside the main theme, the focus is also on the coding of the contemporary image. In an era in which different virtual technologies are developing, photography as an artistic medium has entered a new phase, and the understanding of photography – the image – has changed. We need to re-learn how to read the information contained in an image."

When: 6 May
How much: 39 - 45 EUR
"Now entering their sixth decade, the legendary Los Angeles-based brothers Ron and Russell Mael remain as innovative, individualistic, and irresistible as ever before. Recently, a landmark new documentary from director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver) was also released celebrating the heritage of the Sparks Brothers. Hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the most entertaining music documentaries in years,” the feature-length film takes  audiences on a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with Sparks, joined by such celebrity fans as Flea, Björk, Beck, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Neil Gaiman, and more all celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks."

When: 7 May
How much: 39 - 45 EUR
"Róisín Murphy is an extravagant Irish singer, the Mercury Award nominee and one of the most innovative artists keeping the pulse of electronic music for three decades. Her latest album "Róisín Machine" was nominated for the Irish “Choice Music Prize” as "Album of the Year", Pitchfork ranked 17th among the top 50 albums of 2020, and NME ranked 21st among the Top 50 albums of 2020. The Rolling Stones song “Murphy’s Law” ranked 32nd among the top 50 songs of 2020 and the BBC Culture album included among “The best 2020 albums and songs of the year ”." Róisín is most def one of the longest awaited artists in Riga since her time in another influential band Moloko.
When: 11 May
How much: 40 EUR
One of the most popular contemporary bands in Latvia, "Jungle was founded in 2013 by producer duo and childhood friends Tom Mcfarland and Josh Lloyd-watson from London. A year later the release of their eponymous debut album followed, and the band broke through worldwide almost immediately with smashing hits such as 'the heat' and 'busy earning'. Jungle makes sultry electronic neo-soul, strongly inspired by disco and funk from the 70s. In 2018, Jungle released their second album 'forever': again an album that relies heavily on a vintage sound, without sounding old-fashioned for a moment. In 2021, the band released their third studio album 'loving in stereo'"
When: 14 May
Where: ONE ONE
How much: 7 - 10 EUR
"Aurora is a techno record label liberated of musical discrimination. Through its releases and parties, Aurora. explores country- and city-specific techno variations and makes bridges between these different creative enclaves, forming bonds between artists and listeners and giving a voice to the more unknown and unusual scenes out there. On the occasion of the release "Aurora Introduces Latvia", Aurora has been called to represent its risk taking musical vision for a 7 hours non-stop dance event."
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When: 15 May
How much: free - 79 EUR
"With a slogan of “Together!”, this year’s Rimi Riga Marathon will be dedicated to Ukraine. On May 15th, participants from around the world will be united in a run to support Ukraine. The significant public sporting event, which will attract the highest number of runners since the pandemic, will involve more than ten thousand participants from Latvia, the Baltics and elsewhere. In solidarity with Ukraine, beloved musicians and choirs from Latvia and Ukraine will perform on the 11 November Embankment and at the Freedom Monument, while the income from the 6 km race, which will be themed this year with Ukrainian colours, will be donated to support Ukraine.
We have made sure that the participation in the 6 km distance is free of charge for all Ukrainian runners, while the participation of the Ukrainian children in the event, regardless of the chosen distance, will be completely free."
When: 15 May
Where: NOASS
How much: 15 - 20 EUR
The world famous Dutch lautist and a kindred soul of the director Jim Jarmush will be performing one of his many (almost annually) concerts in Riga. Yet this dark, repetitive, and emotional mediation is still a must and is beloved by many other musicians in Latvia.

When: 15 May
How much: 35 - 39 EUR
"Eagles of Death Metal is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, formed in 1998. Founded by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), the band also includes a wide range of other musicians who perform both on the band's studio albums and at live shows." Their sound derives a lot from Josh Hoome's projects, however the lyrics and delivery is rather comical and entertaining than serious and heavy!

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When: 28 May
Where: ONE ONE
How much: 10 - 12 EUR
"For the 6th time, SH!TLABEL comes to Riga and this time with the BERGHAIN resident ETAPP KYLE with them. We are very happy that he can be here this time. Both SH!TLABEL residents BLACK ANTHEM RESTORE and INVERSE ELEMENT will present their devinition of techno again. Local support will be provided in the form of a live act by KODEK from ERICA SYNTHS and DJ SETS by VALTS INCIS, VOMNE and AURORA222. It's going to be another humid and extatic rave on 2 floors."
Soundcloud (ETAPP KYLE)