Art Festival “Cēsis 2021”. “Myths and rituals”

Place Contemporary Art Center,


10.07.2021 - 15.08.2021

The organizers of the festival, which in 2021 will take place  for the fifteenth time and is already internationally recognized, have always tried to create such a program of music, film, theater, and visual arts events which promotes understanding of the contemporary cultural processes of the world. The festival is unique directly with its experimental nature and the desire to offer creative expressions of outstanding, as well as recognized artists for a wide audience. It is a month-long arts festival, which with performances, concerts, cinema, and exhibitions delights not only the Latvian citizens but due to its reputation brings together the participants and visitors from all over the world.


10th July – 15th August


Visual arts exhibition “Flying Closer to the Sun”
10th July – 15th August
Cēsis Centre for Contemporary Art, Raiņa street 27, Cēsis
Curators: Daiga Rudzāte, Žanete Skarule
Artists: Aija Zariņa, Miķelis Fišers, Andris Eglītis, Ģirts Muižnieks, Krista and Reinis Dzudzilo, Katrīna Neiburga, Vika Eksta

Working hours:
Monday – closed
Tuesday to Thursday: 12.00 – 18.00
Friday and Saturday: 12.00 – 20.00
Sunday: 12.00 to 17.00

Exhibition “Whole” by “SEB Scholarship in Painting 2020”
Laureate Madara Kvēpa
10th July – 14th August
Raiskuma krogs, Gaujas iela 92
Curator: Auguste Petra

Working hours:
Monday – closed
Tuesday to Thursday: 12.00 – 18.00
Friday and Saturday: 12.00 – 20.00
Sunday: 12.00 to 17.00


Sound and Motion exhibit Danse macabre / The Dance of Death
Saturday, 10th July, 20:00
The opening event; the courtyard of the Cēsis Centre for Contemporary Art

Conceptual designers /creators – Edgars Mākens, Krišs Salmanis
Choreographer – Rūdolfs Gediņš
Violin – Sandis Šteinbergs
Alto – Pēteris Trasuns
Cello – Dace Zālīte-Zilberte
Flute, vocals, electronic music – Elizabete Balčus
Musical saw, percussion – Oksana Balode
Trumpet – Gatis Gorkuša
Tuba – Roberts Brants
Percussion – Aivars Krastiņš
Electric organ, guitar – Edgars Mākens
Introduction – narrated by Orests Silabriedis


Concert “Heavenclock”
Saturday, 31st July, 19:00
Cēsis St. John’s Church
Solos – organist Aigars Reinis, saxophonist Aigars Raumanis, percussionist Ernests Mediņš


Act III of Richard Wagner’s “The Valkyrie” / Concert
Saturday, 14th August, 21:00
Open-air Stage, the Cēsis Medieval Castle Park

Solos – Catherine Foster, Liene Kinča, Egils Siliņš, et al.
The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor – Andris Poga
Director – Viesturs Kairišs


GRAND PRIX theatre cycle
7th August – 4th September
Cēsis Concert Hall, 16:00 and/or 20:00

Dita Rietuma’s film selection “Myths and Rituals” in collaboration with the Cēsis Concert Hall
17th July – 14th August
“Cēsis” Concert Hall

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