Theatre and dance in Latvia

Theatres and venues
"Re! Contemporary Circus & Street" festival
Festival is an international contemporary circus and street theatre festival taking place annually in August since 2013. Festival performances, street actions and other events take place in various locations around the city.

Next edition: August 2016 in Riga

Organiser: “Pievilcīgas pilsētvides biedrība” (Society for Attractive Urban Environment)

Cēsis Art Festival
Contemporary Art Festival, founded in 2007, is held every summer during a period of one month and offers a broad programme including academic music concerts, visual arts exhibitions, performances, open air opera and film screenings in the urban spaces of Cēsis - a town located approximately 1,5h drive from Riga.

Next edition: July 16 - August 6, 2016

Contacts:, tel. +371 29334417
Golden Mask Festival in Latvia
Every autumn Golden Mask Festival in Latvia offers operas, theatre and dance performances from Russia that are nominated or have already received the Russian theatre award "Golden Mask". Festival programme includes seminars, workshops and lectures.

Next edition: October 2016 in Riga.

Organiser: Art Forte

Contacts:, tel. +371 67227411
International Baltic Ballet Festival
International Baltic Ballet Festival takes place in Riga and other cities in Latvia every spring. The motto of the festival is "from classics to avangard". The programme of the festival includes classical and modern ballet performances, fine art exhibitions on ballet as the main theme and other activities.

Next edition: April 4 - May 4, 2016.

Organiser: "Litas Beiris Dejas mākslas centrs"

Contacts:, tel. +371 25486030
International Contemporary Dance Festival "Time to Dance"
Since 2005 "Time to Dance" festival takes place every year in the beginning of summer. The programme includes performances by local and international artists, the works by the dance students of the Latvian Academy of Culture and master classes and workshops by international and local professionals.

Next edition: June 2016 in Riga.

Organiser: Latvian Professional Contemporary Dance Choreographers’ Association

International Contemporary Theatre Festival "Homo Novus"

The International Festival of Contemporary Theatre "Homo Novus" is one of the biggest performing arts festivals in the Baltic region. It takes place in Riga over six days every second year and presents an intensive programme of performances, workshops, installations, discussions, creating a meeting point for artists and audiences to share opinions on the world and society. Homo Novus has been crucial in introducing some on the most important theatre artists from the international scene along with emerging talents to Latvian audiences. The festival also supports local Latvian artists by commissioning, producing and premiering new works. Since 1995, 11 festivals have taken place, presenting more than 100 guest performances and producing new work.

Organiser: New Theatre Institute of Latvia

Next edition: September 2016 in Riga.

Latvian Theatre Showcase
Latvian Theatre Showcase is an annual festival held in May presenting a selection of most recent performances in Latvian theatre and dance. The Showcase is intended for professional international audiences and is organized by the New Theatre Institute of Latvia in collaboration with theatres and independent companies.

Next edition: 23 May - 26 May, 2016 in Riga. Registration deadline - 8 May.

Organiser: New Theatre Institute of Latvia
Riga Opera Festival
Founded in 1998, the Riga Opera Festival is held every summer and marks the end of the Latvian National Opera and Ballet’s performance season. Festival in 2016 will be dedicated to the musical genious of Giuseppe Verdi.

Next edition: June 2 - 12, 2016 in Riga

Organiser: Latvian National Opera and Ballet

Contacts: Aspazijas bulvāris 3, Rīga, LV 1050, +371 67073777,
Theatre festival "Dirty Drama"
Founded in 2009, a small format festival "Dirty Drama" takes place every August and focuses on a specific theme - social activism, garbage theatre, tolerance, war notes etc. The programme includes performances, lectures and workshops for theatre professionals.

Next edition: August 2016 in Riga.

Organiser: Dirty Deal Teatro

Contacts:, +37128603593
Theatre festival for young audiences "NoMadI"
Founded in 2010 the festival was initially planned as a "travelling festival" with the main aim to bring different international performances every year to another Latvian city. For the past years festival has found its permanent place in the northern part of the country in a city called Valmiera. Programme includes international and local performances, workshops and other events for young audiences.

Next edition: August 2017 in Valmiera.

Organiser: Creative Association "Nomadi"

Theatre student festival "Patriarha rudens"
Founded in 2010 student performance art festival "Patriarha rudens" takes place every year and its main aim is to showcase the works created by students (dancers, directors, choreographers, dramaturgs, film students) from the Latvian Academy of Culture.

Next edition: September 2016 in Riga.

Organiser: Latvian Academy of Culture

Contacts:, +371 67140175
Valmiera's Summer festival
From August 5 - 7, 2016 in Valmiera a performance art summer festival will be organized by Valmiera Drama Theatre and Valmiera municipality. Programme will include new contemporary creations by local theatre directors and international performances in public spaces of the city.