Every year in July
Unforgettable master-classes have been with – Horacio el Negro Hernandez, Victor Wooten, Markus Stockhausen, Vinx, Bo Stief, Alex Wilson Salsa Orchestra.
An annual tradition till 2010 was the Riga Kids Festival, which hosted special events for the youngest residents of Riga and city guests, where they can not only watch their favourite Latvian children’s ensembles and recognized artists, but also participate in the concert themselves. Riga Kids Festival highlighted the idea to encourage and give support to children enthusiasm and admiration for music.
RIGAS RITMI SHOWCASE
An important element of the festival is the Rigas Ritmi Festival is Showcase project, which aims to present the best Latvian jazz, improvisation and world music performers to the world’s jazz scene. The Project aims to promote Latvia’s creative music industry and its export abroad. During this Showcase, guests from abroad have the chance to meet new Latvian talent, view them in concert, meet them at master’s workshops and talk to them during panel discussions.
RIGAS RITMI FESTIVAL PRESENTATION IN USA
In spring 2011 festival made its presentation tour in USA: Rigas Ritmi All Stars – Maris Briezkalns Quintet was giving series of concerts and interviews around USA all of which culminated in ensemble’s debut at the world famous Blue Note jazz club in New York City, this being the first time that Latvian artists headline at Blue Note. In mid- This program was enacted through the cooperation and sponsorship of New York University (NYU) and The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).