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  • A Midsummer Day’s Dream
    bread smoked delicacies and if you ve forgotten crockery they even sell ceramic plates Feasts and festivities We all know that everyone loves a good host who gives some treat or other to each guest Keeping in mind this tradition Valmiermuiza has prepared a feast for the whole day Everyone will be able to taste some of the Valmiermuiza Beer and cook traditional and modern foods which are all made from different Latvian products Around midday in the castle park in the school of Midsummer traditions and other workshops there will be a chance to explore skills of crafting and different Midsummer rituals Festivities with games ancestral traditions and rituals will be enriched by the folk group Mezabele and the dance group Sudmaliņas The guests will be invited to find out everything about the special Midsummer grass which is collected only in Midsummer s Day they will then have the chance to make flower crowns and even their own cheese Of course the event isn t only about educating people about Latvian traditions it is about entertainment too There will be a folk dance concert in which some of the best Latvian dance collectives will take part Later on the neofolk group Vetras saites will take to the stage and after it modern folk music group Perkonviri will be performing At the stroke of midnight as a grand finale the park will be filled with songs performed by Jauno Janu Orkestris New Midsummer Orchestra together with musicians from group Dzelzs vilks Juris Kaukulis Kaspars Tobe and others The Solstice tradition in Valmiermuiza was started in 2011 when a week before Midsummer Day new modern but still full with traditions event New Midsummer Day was held Already then the organizers hoped that this modern solstice celebration would become an annual tradition Zane Kake one of the event s organisers told The Baltic Times said Zane Kake In 2012 the celebration got a new name which had to make an association of interaction between traditions and modern lifestyles From various options the organizers chose Solstice In the spirit of reinvention the event is happening already for the fourth time Solstice is the most important event of the year in Valmiermuiza says Kake And during the whole event attracts huge amount of people of different generations The total amount of visitors in this day is approximately 3000 Over the years celebration in Valmiermuiza has become more and more popular and known not only in the nearest city and villages but in the whole region of Vidzeme Every year the amount of local and international visitors has grown rapidly Ancestral traditions When asked why this event attracts so many people Kake says I think that people appreciate the idea of this event to put together those who want to celebrate Midsummer Day traditionally according to ancestral traditions and find out even more information about them and the ones who want to celebrate it in a bit more modern way That is why in the

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  • Celebrating the craft at Ollesummer
    punk and glam rock The original sound of Placebo driven by Brian Molko is influenced by trailblazers like David Bowie The Cure Nirvana Sonic Youth The Smashing Pumpkins and many more The success story of the group that by today has fathered seven albums started in 1996 with the release of their first LP Right at the very beginning of their musical journey Placebo was lucky enough to share the stage with music icons such as Dawid Bowie and The Cure Placebo continued on the road of glam rock in their second album as well Among other things the band recorded a cover version of 20th Century Boy by T Rex for the soundtrack of the infamous movie Velvet Goldmine The group s superhit Every You Every Me gained exceeding fame during the same year Among the band s subsequent albums Meds a rumination on drugs addiction and pain of loss released in 2006 remains critically most acclaimed One of the group s most famous songs a cover version of Kate Bush s Running Up That Hill also debuts on this album Placebo continuously touring the world s largest stages released Loud Like Love its last studio album to date in 2013 Ollesummer s key performer on the last day of the festival July 4 is The Cardigans This will be the first performance in Estonia for The Cardigans that gained wind beneath their wings with their single Lovefool from the movie Romeo Juliet The most well known songs of The Cardigans whose stardom kick started in the 1990s include My Favourite Game Erase Rewind and Carnival After a long period of silence The Cardigans delighted their fans by returning to the world s stages two years ago The band is now enjoying a newly found impetus and is to perform both the group s golden hits as well as more recent music at Ollesummer The Swedish band was formed in 1992 and has retained its original membership to this day The Cardigans gained elevated fame with their second album Life that featured the hit single Carnival The group owes its stellar breakthrough in 1997 to the Hollywood blockbuster Romeo Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio The Cardigans Lovefool was included in the movie s soundtrack ensuring fame for the group on both sides of the Atlantic The Cardigans 1998 album featured the band s second hit single My Favourite Game the memorable video of which was directed by Jonas Akerlund This celebrated Swedish director is behind the best music videos by artists such as Madonna Moby Lady Gaga Roxette and many more The same album also includes Erase Rewind that remains as an often played song on many radio stations The group s 1998 album was followed by nearly ten years of the band members trying their luck at various solo projects coming together only to make the Long Before Daylight album that was released in 2003 As from 2012 The Cardigans is back as a performer on the world s

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  • News search
    Estonia s strength power and skill Visiting the Estonian defence forces largest ever mobilisation exercise Siil Hedgehog on Saturday President Toomas Hendrik Ilves s Read More May 9 commemoration in Riga attended by 220 000 organisers The commemoration of the Soviet victory in World War II on Saturday May 9 in Uzvaras Parks Victory Park in Riga was attended by about 220 00 Read More Baltic countries a transport black hole EU commissioner The EU s Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc has expressed her interest in the progress of the Rail Baltica project which will link T Read More Lithuanian PM names fight against shadow economy among the country s biggest challenges On 7 May introducing the government s annual activity report for 2014 to the Seimas Lithuanian Parliament the country 39 Read More 70th anniversary of end of World War II marked throughout Baltics The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II was commemorated throughout the Baltic countries today In Eston Read More Building block for VEF Riga future wins As the United League season wraps up TBT s chief sports contributor Victor Shestopalov reflects on the play of Riga s top basketbal Read More The Russians are coming to occupy the Baltic States VILNIUS I purposefully chose a title for my piece to evoke the notorious phrase from 1949 by the then US Secretary of Defense James Forrestal Read More Previous 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 Next Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The

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  • Battle of the Burgers
    to cook a good burger and so does his chef Going gourmet Gourmet burger joints are the latest addition to the market for foodies in Riga who are not in a rush and desire a more fine quality burger Ghetto burger was one of the only restaurants of its kind a few years ago but now the competition is growing Street Burgers brought a new type of hipster hangout to the burger scene attracting young professionals students and tourists Street Burgers has been featured in airline magazines and has gained huge popularity for its meat 100 from Latvian farms The restaurant offers 15 different kinds of burgers including mini slider burgers which are a delicious and reasonably priced snack Street Burgers Facebook page has over 7 930 likes and is constantly posting promoting and holding contests in order to maintain the consumers interest Despite its success at the beginning a few restaurants of the franchise were closed They were situated in prime locations such as Brivibas near the famous Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija and Audeju street 14 in Old Riga We closed two of our operational places because of bad partnership and bad decisions on a growth strategy Street Burgers founder Aleksanddrs Vavers tells The Baltic Times Now we are back on track and opening the first burger joint outside Riga in Jurmala Over the next 2 years our main aim is to open 5 to 6 places in Latvia and maintain them Meanwhile we are starting our work on the franchise pack and after two years our main idea is to the sell franchises The two restaurants remaining are located on Gertrudes Street 27 and Meza street 4a Beef burger prices range from 5 20 eur to 6 90 eur A meal including fries and a drink works out at approximately 10 eur BBurgers recently replaced Street Burgers Brivbas location BBurgers is still in the process of building a community of followers and fans Its website is not yet in operation but it has a Facebook and Twitter page As part of its media campaign it offered a 15 discount for runners in the Riga Marathon this month Burger Corner is another new burger establishment seeking to provide good quality burgers Located in the middle of Old Riga on Tirgonu iela 5 burger prices range from 5 eur to 6 50 eur Hipster vibes Burger Story is the most recent star in the burger scene right now Expats and locals enjoy debating over their favourite burgers and Burger Story seems to be the latest winner Located on Gertrudes 16 and Smilsu street 14 in Old Riga the restaurant has a similar concept to Street Burgers Russian owner Yuri Glotser spoke to the Baltic Times about Burger Story s growth plans stating we plan to open at least six restaurants preparing for expansion in other major cities of Latvia We are negotiating the sale of a master franchise with stakeholder partners in Finland Belgium Germany and even in the homeland

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  • Fresh from the streets of Montmartre
    tribute to artists such as Ella Fitzgerald Yves Montand and Edith Piaf for whom several songs were written by her confidant Charles Aznavour The latter iconic singer who readily partnered with ZAZ for a ZAZnavouresque duo of his own song J aime Paris au mois de Mai I Love Paris in May is unequivocal in his opinion ZAZ has a naturally broad appeal can sing anything and stirs your very soul She ll go as far as she can and then even further She already has a unique career a following and an international reputation she s the first French singer to do that in a long time to be enormously popular says Charles Aznavour ZAZ has clearly been influenced by this quasi fatherly support extended by such living legends as Charles Aznavour Quincy Jones and his collaborator John Clayton ZAZ made no secret of her ambition to invite Quincy Jones to record some of the tracks on her third album Against all odds the US composer and producer not only accepted but name checked the French singer in an interview as being one of the best voices he had ever heard and that had succeeded in harnessing the power of music to bring acclaim and credibility She has real blues roots in her voice that you d swear came straight out of the ghetto said Quincy Jones And the facts don t lie Over the last four years she has been one of France s top selling artists worldwide From Chile to Egypt and Germany to China fans in over 50 countries have snapped up over 30 million copies of her first two albums She has enjoyed international success marked by many achievements including a Felix in Canada a Victoire de la Musique Award in France and a European Border Breaker Award 2011 In August 2014 she went on a huge world tour spanning every continent with each concert a sell out During the concert which will be held at Arena Riga the audience will be able to enjoy her earlier works and several songs from her latest record featuring well known songs from long ago exciting rearrangements as well as new and surprising creation The song list selected for the concert reflects the wide range of musical tastes that have infused the singer s voice with such incredible self expression since she began a hint of gospel a nod to swing manouche a trace of tango and an allusion to chanson the singer instinctively finds the right direction for each song based on if not only on jazz On the next day June 13 ZAZ will be performing for Estonian audience at Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn Tickets for both concerts are already on sale ZAZ June 12 Arena Riga 19 30 June 13 Nordea Concert Hall 19 00 Tickets can be purchased at www bilesuserviss lv or www piletilevi ee Comments Related Articles Vilnius gets vision Gingerbread Mania 2015 Latvian State Choir launches ambitious project for nation

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  • Yale’s Wiffenpoofs Fly to Riga
    himself born in America Elliah s parents and sister were born in Latvia Elliah Heifetz s father Samuel Heifetz was himself a distinguished professional musician in Latvia and immigrated to the USA in 1990 with his entire family Samuel Heifetz is employed as an independent orchestrator and music director at the Arcadia University a private university located on the outskirts of Philadelphia Samuel Heifetz undertook his music education at the Emils Darzins School of Music and the Latvian State Conservatoire Among the many who guided his musical development was the legendary Latvian conductor Leonids Vigners a genius in the interpretation of great classic music Heifetz said Maestro Vigners himself graduated from the Latvian Conservatoire in 1930 and studied composition with the leading exponent of national romanticism in Latvia the composer Jazeps Vitols Samuel Heifetz s ensemble Via Tertia achieved great popularity in Latvia and made an appearance in the 1990 Latvian film Eve s Garden of Paradise directed by Arvids Krievs It was an emotional experience that touched Elliah Heifetz deeply returning to the land of his forefathers and to his roots Elliah is studying English literature at Yale University and returning to Riga enabled him to learn further of his family s history Though he does not speak Latvian he did grow up with Latvian culture in the US especially Latvian food culture His walk around the Riga Central market Elliah stated jokingly was like seeing my kitchen cupboard back home It was such an emotional experience seeing my father s old home where he lived standing in the old Riga synagogue where my grandfather attended and visiting the burial sites of family members I have also been delighted that The Whiffenpoofs have been able to come and perform in Riga and for my father and mother to have been able to return back to Latvia Also it has been a rewarding experience having worked with the Riga Girls Choir who joined our Riga concert Elliah said The Whiffenpoofs concert was attended by a number of noted Latvian political figures including Ojars Eriks Kalnins Kalnins joined Latvia s diplomatic mission in exile in the US the Latvian Legation in January 1991 as their public affairs liaison When Latvian restored its independence later that year the Legation became the Latvian Embassy and Kalnins became Deputy Chief of Mission He was also assigned to Latvia s newly established Mission to the UN in New York and that same year he found himself on the podium of the U N General Assembly explaining Latvia one more time to this august body of international diplomats Kalninsš served as Latvia s Ambassador to the United States from 1993 until 2000 and then served as the Director of the Latvian Institute for the next 10 years a state agency whose mission is to explain Latvia In 2010 Kalnins was elected to the Parliament of Latvia becoming the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Asked how he currently sees US Latvian relationships Kalnins stated Politically we

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  • Flying to the movies at Vilnius airport
    spend a lot of time We care about our passengers and their good mood therefore we have established the cinema where passengers will have an opportunity to relax before the flight as well as to become familiar with the Lithuanian cinema said Gediminas Almantas CEO at SE Lithuanian Airports The first FilmBox LT ambassador Nele Savicenko a film and theatre actress winner of the National Culture and Art Prize was introduced during the opening of the cinema hall She promised to spread the word about the unusual cinema at Vilnius Airport and the contemporary Lithuanian cinema in Lithuania and abroad We are very excited the airport has let the Lithuanian culture and the works of young cinema makers in This is one of the finest examples in Lithuania and elsewhere of how business and cultural institutions can cooperate by focusing on feelings and experiences of people rather than profit said Liana Ruokyte Jonsson one of the initiators of FilmBox LT the head of Film Distribution Information and Heritage Division of the Lithuanian Film Centre The first visitors of the cinema hall watched the 11 minute film Fores by Ignas Meilunas this year and premiered at the film festival Kino Pavasaris The film repertoire will be regularly changed to show as many works of our country s cinema makers as possible All films are shown in Lithuanian with English subtitles The future plans of FilmBox LT include introducing full length movies to Vilnius Airport passengers Comments Related Articles Vilnius gets vision Gingerbread Mania 2015 Latvian State Choir launches ambitious project for nation s centenary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles ARTS EVENTS GUIDE Estonia A nation shaped by the sea The Capital of Empty Spaces Dealing with the shrinking of the

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  • Fiokla!
    of the word and of art Is it easy to make a living for an artist in Lithuania Absolutely not Most of my peers get extra jobs to get it through But this is how not only in Lithuania but in the richer Western countries too Only single artists can guarantee livelihood from their art How has the country s evolution from the restoration of Lithuania s Independence to the accession to the European Union changed your personal life as an artist The change certainly has been huge with many of the artists Europeanized What I mean by it that after the break up of the Soviet Union the borders opened up and all the Lithuanian artists have become very interesting to the art curators in the West Thence the abundant invitations to attend international exhibitions and events and so on I had criss crossed nearly all of Europe well before Lithuania became part of the European Union I know that you re spending quite a lot of your time on the road going back and forth to work to Vilnius on the weekdays and making it back to a rural village on your weekends Can you tell a bit about your rural experiences How do the villagers accept you an obvious stand out Indeed life brings me to the very heart of Vilnius Old City during the weekdays but I end up being in a bucolic area on my off days That allows me experience the gamut of all life s colors and tints As an Old City resident I deal with the most acute issues of the city including the pollution traffic jams and noise so understandably I seek solace in my countryside refuge on the weekend I really love wild nature the meadows and wonderful forests that escaped Soviet melioration But to be honest I tend to get into chats with the villagers very little apart saying that I buy ecologic provisions from a few local farmers They are indeed hard working and sincere people But I can t not mention that the deserting villages around including the one in which I dwell have been abundant with other kinds of people whose days are all about booze and who having lost any hope for a change in the life are giving up After a recent weekend I missed a blossoming bush of forsythia in my yard somebody pinched it perhaps for an occasion As a single occasion and personal experience it may seem to be but that is happening in the village nearly daily what is unlocked will get snitched by someone Not surprisingly the villages are getting more and more deserted Living in the hinterland is an obvious challenge I ve read that you had to deal with your neighbors fury after one of your performances re writing the national anthem from a feminist s point of view I was under attack by the worst of the scum When it comes to the description the police

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