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Ventspils City Celebration 2022
Friday, 5. August — Sunday, 7. August. Ventspils

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Friday, 5 August

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20th International Flower Carpet Festival – “The Birthday Cake” /Promenade of the street Ostas iela

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.: City Festival fair /Old town market square/

12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.: DISCOVERIES IN LITERATURE /H. Dorbe Memorial Museum/

Meeting with the poet ĒRIKA BĒRZIŅA. Game for the visitors “Create a New Word!”

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7:00 p.m.: FESTIVAL OPENING and City Council Grand Prize awarding ceremony /Amphitheatre of the Concert Hall “Latvija”/

Performances by the band SUDDEN LIGHTS and the women’s choir VENDA.

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9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.: Evening market and schlager party /Old town market square/

Performance by KASPARS PETMANIS.

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9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.: Open night at the Beach Waterpark /Beach Waterpark/ (€)

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10:00 p.m.: Concert by the contemporary jazz duo SVANEBORG KARDYB (Denmark) /Concert Hall “Latvija”/ (€)

Special guest: MATĪSS ČUDARS TRIO.

 

Saturday, 6 August

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.: City Festival fair /Old town market square/

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: DISCOVERIES IN CRAFTS /House of Crafts/

Craft workshops, video master class “The Creation of Kurzeme Folk Costumes”.

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11:00 a.m.: FESTIVAL PARADE /Route: avenue Lielais prospekts in the section between the streets Katoļu iela and Brīvības iela/

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The Science Centre VIZIUM is open to visitors /Rūpniecības iela 2/ (€)

More than 80 interactive exhibits in 7 galleries, area of simulators, science shows, creative workshops, and live music on the VIZIUM terrace.

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12:00 noon – 7:00 p.m.: DISCOVERIES IN THE MIDDLE AGES/Livonian Order Castle/ (€)

Medieval discovery workshops, jousting, and new fighting techniques together with fight clubs.

3:00 p.m.: “Medieval Songs Part I” by the ensemble TRAKULA

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: “Celebration of Jesters” – a pantomime based on the “Notre-Dame de Paris”

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12:00 noon – 3:30 p.m.: BOOK FESTIVAL /Town Hall Square/

Participation of Latvian book publishers with their products. A wide range of activities for families and children, games, creative workshops, and contests.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Conversation with INGA GAILE and IVETA TROALIKA about books

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Awarding of book authors from the city and region of Ventspils

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Musical programme by KĀRLIS KAZĀKS

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11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Latvian 3x3 Basketball Cup /Ventspils 3x3 basketball courts, Brīvības iela 14/

12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: DIGITAL FESTIVAL “DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF TECHNOLOGY” /Square Lielais laukums/

Creative and digital technology workshops, virtual reality activities, shows of science experiments, and magic tricks.  Breakout game organised by the Ventspils Youth House and creative workshops of the Music Library.

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: CONSTELLATION FESTIVAL /Square Lielais laukums/

Interactive youth event to raise awareness and promote social integration hosted by AGNESE RAKOVSKA and the Constellation Team. Debates, concerts, and participation.

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12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: COMBAT OF FLAVOURS /Square Dzirnavu laukums/

Contest of the top Latvian chefs, interactive activities, masterclasses, gastronomic surprises, degustation, sharing of experience between chefs, and tips of sommeliers. Participation by PĀVELS SKOPA, DĀVIS AUŠKĀPS, INA POLIŠČENKO, ROBERTO MELONI, and VANESSA RUFINO (Brazil).

1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Bucher Municipal Decibel Drag Racing /Wake Park located in the Adventure Park/ (€)

Car stereo competition, attractions, and contests

2:00 p.m.: Opening of the solo exhibition “Shoreline” by SARMĪTE CAUNE /Theatre House “Jūras vārti”/

6:00 p.m.: Concert programme “Butāns, Schubert, and Franck in Pārventa” /Pārventa Library/

Anniversary concert to celebrate the 80th birthday of our own Latvian composer Pēteris Butāns, the 200th birthday of the French composer César Franck, and the 225th birthday of the Austrian composer Franz Schubert, performed by the string quartet of the VENTSPILS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA and the pianist ZANE VOLBERGA.

 

PROMENADE OF THE STREET OSTAS IELA – DAY PROGRAMME

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20th International Flower Carpet Festival – “The Birthday Cake” /Promenade of the street Ostas iela/

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.: Carousel amusement park /Ūdens iela 6/

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: BALTIC DESIGN FAIR /Square beside the street Lielā iela/

Participation by the top Latvian fashion, jewellery, and accessory designers, as well as guests from Lithuania and Estonia.

As of 12:30 p.m. performances by SHOTA ADAMASHVILI (Georgia), VICTOR DIAWARA (Lithuania/ Mali), and FADHILLE ITULYA (Kenya). Performances by the circus BEZTEMATA during the breaks.

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Attractions by “LEC UN MINIES” /Beside the street Kurpnieku iela/

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12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.: Open day on the ferry “Stena Baltica” /Entrance from the Passenger Ferry Terminal/

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Latvian Strongman Championship and Ventspils Cup /Square beside the Travelling Cow/

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: DAY CONCERTS /Festival central stage at the Old Warehouse/

1:00 p.m.: Performances by the boy band THE STONES, the pop studio JŪRAS AKMENTIŅI, the singer MILANA (Ukraine), and KATRĪNA BINDERE.

2:00 p.m.: Performance by the singer RIHARDS SAULE and the band WINDY TEMPER.

3:00 p.m.: Awarding of the winners of the International Flower Carpet Festival and hailing of the most interesting participants of the parade and the winners of the contest THE CITY DECORATION 2022.

3:30 p.m.: Joint performance by the VENTSPILS BIG BAND and the DJ duo SKRAPNESHI.

 

PROMENADE OF THE STREET OSTAS IELA – EVENING PROGRAMME

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8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Evening concert and culmination of the festival /Festival central stage at the Old Warehouse/

8:00 p.m.: Performance by the LATVIAN BLUES BAND

9:38 p.m.: Documentary “Ventspils 700+32”

9:50 p.m.: Performance by the musician DONS and his band

10:50 p.m.: Speech of the Head of the Ventspils State City Council

11:00 p.m.: FIREWORKS

 

FESTIVAL NIGHT PROGRAMME

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11:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.: NIGHT DANCES /Reņķa dārzs/ (€)

Participation by IVO FOMINS, the band CITI ZĒNI, OZOLS, and DJ ROJS RODŽERS. Entrance as of 10:00 p.m.

10:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.: Party together with DJ Ale.Mar /Yard on the street Tirgus iela/

11:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.: City Festival Tex Mex /Ganību iela 14/ (€)

Dances together with DJ EX DA BASS and DJ ALVIS STILL.

 

Sunday, 7 August

11:00 a.m.: Festival activities for children /Children’s Town/

Musical journey and fun dances together with the children’s music author and host ĒRIKS BALODIS.

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11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Latvian 3x3 Basketball Cup /Ventspils 3x3 basketball courts, Brīvības iela 14/

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12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.: DISCOVERIES IN THE OUTDOORS /Seaside Open-Air Museum/(€)

The bustle of Day of Crafts – traders, demonstrations. Travelling exhibition “Discover the Balts” within the entire museum territory. Exhibition of the Curonian Route. Activities for children and mini zoo. Concert programme together with the band APVEDCEĻŠ and country waltzes.

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3:00 p.m.: MEDIEVAL SONGS PART II /Livonian Order Castle/ (€)

Concert programme “Lux Feminae” together with SCHOLA CANTORUM VOX IUBIANTIS and harpsichordist IEVA SALIETE.

3:00 p.m.: Festival activities for children /Children’s Park “Fantāzija”/

Musical journey and fun dances together with the children’s music author and host ĒRIKS BALODIS.

5:00 p.m.: BARD CONCERT /Open-air stage in Pārventa/

Participation by artists from Ventspils: LEKSANDRS MIRVIS, TATJANA SAKSAGANSKA, JEKATERINA VARKALOVA, JURIJS SAKSAGANSKIS and ALEKSANDRS SIVACKIS, as well as the guests ALEKSANDRS IZVOĻSKIS (Tallinn), ARTŪRAS MINALGA (Vilnius), and the Riga Quartet composed of ALEKSANDRS JUDAKOVS, MARIJA HEIFECA, ANNA SIDJAKINA, and LEONĪDS DMITRIJEVS.

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7:00 p.m.: Concert by FEDERICO ALBANESE /Concert Hall “Latvija”/ (€)

Performance by the Italian pianist and composer FEDERICO ALBANESE within the piano music tour “Before and Now Seems Infinite” concert tour  "Without the "Piano Music Concert Tour"

 

EXHIBITIONS

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5 – 7 August: Art project  “Atmospheric Forest” (2020) by RIXC, the Centre for New Media Culture /Stage at the Theatre House “Jūras vārti”/

Authors: RASA ŠMITE, RAITIS ŠMITS

5 August, 4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.; 6 August, 12:00 noon – 1:00 a.m.; 7 August, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Solo exhibition “Shoreline” by SARMĪTE CAUNE /Theatre House “Jūras vārti”/

Art exhibition by ZITA VĒVERE /Pārventa Library/

Exhibition by PAULS SPRIDZĀNS and the photo club “Kaktuss” /Main Library/

“Seagulls Are Talking To Me Again” – monumental marine art /Livonian Order Castle/

“Vasarnīcu iela” – story about the romantic Ventspils, its buildings and families in the 19th century /Livonian Order Castle/

 

*(€)- Need to buy a ticket for entrance

The program is available for download here: Ventspils City Celebration 2022

Opening hours

/01.07.- 31.08./

08:00- 19:00 (1,2,3,4,5)

10:00- 18:00 (6)

10:00- 16:00 (7)

/01.09.- 30.06./

08:00-18:00 (1,2,3,4,5) 

10:00-16:00 (6,7)

10:00- 15:00  (National holidays)

Contacts

VENTSPILS TOUR.INF. CENTRE

Address: 6 Darzu iela, Ventspils, LV 3601
Telephone
: +371 63622263, +371 29232226
Email: tourism@ventspils.lv

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