The Board of Trustees of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival today announced the decision to suspend the Riga Jurmala Music Festival until 2021. Although the Board and the entire festival team remained optimistic until the last moment that all or some of the planned events could proceed this summer, the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Latvian Government’s guidelines led to the regrettable decision of cancelling the events planned for this year. The Board deemed that any other course of action would have presented too great a risk to the health and safety of the festival’s audiences, artists and staff.
The Latvian Government has extended the national state of emergency until 12 May 2020, at which point they will provide further guidance. Based on this new guidance, we anticipate informing you on or about 15 May about any potential changes in this year’s schedule of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival. We guarantee that, if we are required to cancel any concerts, ticketholders will receive a full reimbursement for the face value of tickets to those affected performances.
Please be informed that we have been carefully monitoring the evolving situation with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Latvian Government guidelines. The measures that were announced on 12 March by the Latvian Government declaring a state of emergency until 14 April, at the moment in no way affect the festival's programme planned to take place this summer from 10 July till 30 August.
The new symphony orchestra Festival has been awarded with the 1st place in the Event PR category, appreciating it’s achievement in local and international communication and outreach. In it’s inaugural year, the Festival has attracted more than 15 200 classical music lovers from more than 50 countries. Festival’s programme and achievement were covered in more than 250 publications in international media, including in such prestigous outlets as the Telegraph, The Guardian, Independent, Condé Nast Traveller and others.
Riga Jurmala Music Festival has launched season 2020 with rich artistic programming, summer master classes (Riga Jurmala Academy) for Baltic and international talented young classical musicians, and today the Festival announces new and exciting collaboration with the 2nd Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA2) and suddenly it all blossoms.
On 17 January 2020, conductor, pianist, musician, artist and humanist Vladimir Ashkenazy announced his retirement from public performances with immediate effect.
For the second year in a row, the symphony orchestra festival Riga Jurmala will take place in Latvia from 10 July to 30 August. For the second year in a row, the European Festival Association has awarded the Festival with the EFFE Label, an accolade rewarding the Festival for the quality for its artistic output, audience accessibility and international reach.
During this wonderful holiday season, give your relatives, friends and colleagues the gift of an unforgettable and musically exciting summer! Gift cards are available for all concerts of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival. Choose from the gift card types already offered or create your own!
Today, November 20th, pre-sales of online tickets began for the new season of concerts of the Rīga Jūrmala Music Festival, which will take place in Riga and Jurmala from July 10th to August 30th, 2020. The pre-sale of concert tickets only applies to online tickets, and will be available with a special discount of 30% off.