The Staro Riga International Light Festival

The Staro Riga International Light Festival will be taking place for the twelfth time now, from 15th to 18th November. This year, the theme will be 4D or the four dimensions of light art – time, space, the person and light. In total, 35 light art objects, which are divided into two programmes will be on view at the festival this year.

In the Courtyard of the Art Academy of Latvia, Kalpaka Boulevard 13, will be shown the projections “Sea Roads” - the analogue projections by Danish artist Karen Thastum and artist group TURA YA MOYA.

The four dimensions of the site are linked to the relentless movement of sea routes and secrets stored by the depths of the Baltic and the North Sea. The sea lanes of nature remind us of values that do not disappear at the turn of the ages, which again and again prove themselves to be constant and eternal. The sea routes induce meta-reflection and invite you to explore the world, its history, continually extending your horizons, to find out what exists at the place where the sun disappears every night, and what happens to the sun behind the distant horizon.

Tura Ya Moya has specialised in site-specific and cross-disciplinary partly analogue media installations shown internationally. The group transformed a 20-foot cargo container into an Art and projection laboratory enabling them to project images from the container onto the existing environment in public spaces. The Nordic Art container that has travelled more than 3000 km through Greenland and Scandinavia, is now visiting Staro Riga with an installation dedicated to the roads of the sea, including works by Nordic and Latvian Art students as well as Nordic professional Artists and composers. In 2017, the Nordic Art container visited Liepaja with a project "The Spirit of the North" (ANERSAAQ) - a story inspired by the languages, music, nature, lifestyle and traditions of the Nordic countries.

The show composed as a mixed-media symphony is a 15 min. loop with the overture Ophav and three parts - Sjògvur, Jūras ceļi, Young Waves.

Project implementer is the Art Academy of Latvia and TURA YA MOYA in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia.

The objects will be on view from 5 pm till 11 pm during all four days of the festival.