At the annual "Night of the Players" (Spēlmaņu nakts) Latvian Theater Awards Ceremony last night, Elmārs Seņkovs took the award for staging the season's best play, "Ezeriņš" (literally: Small Lake), written by Rasa Bugavičute, based on the life and works of author Jānis Ezeriņš.
The Riga International Film Festival December 2-12 will screen a tremendous number of movies (over 120) in three cinemas – all downtown, "Splendid Palace", kino "Citadele", "K. Suns". This will be a tremendous opportunity in turn to view the latest in Latvian cinema, attend retrospectives, see the newest sensations in Europe, and a wide variety of Nordic movies , short and full-length, meant for children – but not only.
A new, original Latvian opera – a first time venture for composer Artūrs Maskats, will have its world premiere December 5th in the Opera House, a valentine, if you will, to a legendary personality of the cultural scene – Valentīna Freimane. Alas, her story (circa 1939-1944) is Latvia's story, and moreover, Europe's story.