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The Culture Capital of Europe

Autumn kicked off with a bang in Riga as parliamentary elections took place on October 4, but the circus surrounding this event has ended now and won't affect your trip. Thankfully, Riga is still the Culture Capital of Europe for another few months, so there are still loads of things to do here. Take in one of dozens of special exhibitions by local and international artists at Riga’s museums and galleries or plan accordingly and visit when the city will literally shine at the Staro Rīga Light Festival in mid- November. You can also do as the Latvians do and attend a Dynamo Riga ice hockey game at Arena Riga, which is part gladiatorial spectacle and part fraternity beer bash. After you’ve seen Old Riga’s medieval structures and the city centre’s art nouveau edifices, we urge you to visit the quiet neighbourhood of Grīziņkalns for outstanding 19th-century wooden architecture. The darkness and the chill are fast approaching, so enjoy the last rays of sunshine in the city while you can with Riga In Your Pocket.

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