Riga is already home to major international events, but in 2014 will become the cultural epicenter of Europe. During this year as European Capital of Culture, a myriad of special events will take place – talking about culture in the broadest sense of the word. 365 days with a new understanding of culture as impulse for positive change in people’s lives. This year, great personalities and events are ready to honor Riga as the European Capital of Culture 2014, with a series of events that Latvia will project on the European stage. One of these will definitely be the show named “The Book 1514-2014 “, dedicated to the five hundredth anniversary of the invention of printing by Gutenberg, and hosted at the brand new National Library. Special attention also for the exhibition on the First World War (in Latvian National Museum of Art) and those dedicated to the ancient Amber Road, with pieces on display in many museums in the Latvian capital.
In the background, you will find this beautiful city founded in 1203 on the right bank of the imposing Daugava (Western Dvina), with its Art Nouveau district, famous throughout the world for its size and for its architectural value. With a million inhabitants Riga is definitely considered a metropolis by the Latvians, but retains a shy and Germanic spine, that makes the city austere and poetic at the same time.
Riga at night
Riga old buildings
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Riga is experiencing a new Renaissance as the capital of Latvia, and many large-scale restoration projects on old buildings have made Riga one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Most famously, Riga is home to the largest concentration of Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau) architecture in the world. Riga has become an increasingly popular destination for Europeans drawn by its old town, its historical importance, and its reputation as having one of the most sparkling nightlife scenes in Europe.