About Rigas Ritmi Festival
“Every year in July… for 20 years!”
This phrase starts the story of the festival on the official website.
In 2020 they celebrated their 20th anniversary.
The most favoured festival in Latvia, Rigas Ritmi Festival, gathers thousands of guests from all over Europe to the festivity of jazz music and life.
World-famous musicians, as well as young talents, gather on one stage.
And it’s the stage of Rigas Ritmi!
During the last twenty years, 600 musicians have performed 1000 concerts, and over 200 thousand people watched them play.
The list of the most awarded artists, who participated in the festival, includes Richard Bona, Diane Reeves, Bobby McFerrin, Jojo Mayer, Robert Glasper, “BBC Big Band” and Freddy Cole.
Apart from being an entertaining event, the festival has a noble educational mission.
The cornerstone of festival days is numerous master classes, seminars, and workshops for young musicians.
The speakers of these events are primarily world-famous jazz masters.
The most unforgettable were Horacio el Negro Hernandez, Vinx, Victor Wooten, and Alex Wilson Salsa Orchestra.
Over the years, the Rigas Ritmi Festival has become a turning point for many young musicians’ careers.
In 2021, the festival gathers another set of world stars.
ROBERTO FONSECA – BOKANTÉ – ANTONIO LIZANA – CLARK BECKHAM – XY QUARTET – RAIMONDS PAULS TRIO – SHINKARENKO JAZZ 4N – GINTS SMUKAIS
Four days of great music and fun – that’s what Riga Ritmi Festival is about!
Check the official website for the latest updates and tickets:
Where to stay
Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel
Offering panoramic views over the city, this modern and spacious hotel is only a short walk from Riga’s Old Town and has plenty of restaurants and shops nearby.
Riga has something to offer every taste and budget, so take a moment and explore more options.
How to get there
Riga International Airport is situated 10 kilometres away from the city.
To the city centre, it usually takes around 15 minutes by taxi.
As for public transport, you can take bus #22, minibus #322, or minibus #241, and it will take you to the Old Town.
Lines #22 and #322 also stop near the central bus and railway station.
The trip takes around 30-40 minutes.
Several bus lines operate routes between Riga and major European cities.
Ferries connect the capital of Latvia to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.
Trains from the central railway station run around Latvia and some other European countries, such as Estonia, Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.
The public transport network of Riga is comprehensive and convenient.
However, most festival venues are situated within the Old Town or not far from it.
More About Riga
Riga is a gothic pearl of the Baltics.
Even if you come for the music, you should stay for the sights.
The must-see places of Riga are the Freedom Monument, Town Hall Square with House of Blackheads and the magnificent Riga Cathedral, Alberta Street with beautiful Art Nouveau houses and Riga Castle.
You can also find some fascinating museums, such as the National History Museum of Latvia, the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, and the National Museum of Art.
There are guided tours so that you can explore it all with a local guide.