Riga Streetart

Look into my eyesI knew this is an inspiring and creative place. I already was fascinated by modern Latvian culture when I saw all the animated movies from Riga students in the Red Shift filmfestival in New York. I was not mistaken. There’s art and creativity everywhere, the walls are full of little grafics and signs and sprayed items. Tons of streetart really, and I only took pictures of few of the pieces. Here’s my Riga streetart pictures gallery, my favourite stencils and symbols.
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Videointerview with Juan, owner of Riga Hostel

Juan from Riga HostelThe place I am staying in is charming, cosy and has a familial atmosphere. People share stuff, cook together, party together and everywhere you find postcards and post-its with regards and good advice for the rest of the visitors. To find out more about the background of such a nice place, I interviewd Juan, who came from Spain to Riga to start a hostel business about the history and his secret tips about Riga.
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Riga: still to come on stylewalker.net

There are two movies I have to edit with stuff from Riga: First, there was this mindblowing party in the old industrial harbour, with thousands of people, great music and enthusiastic dancing. Expect ecstasy! The second is a video interview with Polarkreis 18, an uprising band, getting started now and going to be huge. Don’t miss that!

Update: Here are the movies:

Riga Open Air Houseparty crowd
A video interview with Polarkreis 18

Riga Impressions

Riga girls dancing in the streetWithout many commentaries, I just invite you to enjoy some pictures of a beautiful day.

Going to the beach (Jumala, trainstation Majori), watching people in the street, going up in the elevator of the Reval hotel, drinking a cocktail in the Sky lounge, enjoying the parks.
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Going out to Casablanca

Riga Nightclub CasablancaFoto by Tim Protlove“Naktsklub” is Latvian for nightclub and does not necessarily have to do anything with “naked”. After a night in Riga’s old town, one cannot be so sure about that anymore. Red lights wherever you go, girls in the street, strange men trying to drag you into shady grottos.

We couldn’t care less and went to “Casablanca”, a nightclub which deserves its name. And it’s not less sexy than any Rolexxx or Orion, on the contrary! Continue reading

Riga-Hostel: A place like a shared flat

Riga HostelIn the background the coffee machine makes cosy noises, somebody is watching tv, I have a Latvian dark beer sizzling right next to my laptop, a guy is reading, the Japanese girl writes postcards. Riga-Hostel is like a shared flat, has a big kitchen, a big fridge where people put things and I just fried some delicious salmon. I am staying in a dorm with 12 people, all very nice so far. I will try to do an interview with the owner later. His name is Juan, he is Spanish, so half of the people here are from Spain, especially from Barcelona, isn’t that nice.
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Riga and no shorts

Damn, should have brought shorts! It’s hot! People go to the beach, hang out in the city, relax in the sun and are really, really friendly. I found a nice hostal (a dorm with 12 beds – 10€) with cool people (everybody shares food) and now I am going to explore the city. Expect some fotos later.

Exhibition: Shin Tanaka at Less Rain Basement

Shin TanakaHe couldn’t buy sneakers so he just built some out of paper. Now, Shin Tanaka is famous for his mix between origami and street art. Tonight (7:30pm) will be the opening of his exhibtion at Less Rain basement gallery in linienstrasse 154a, 10115 berlin, designed by himself and other Japanese and European graffiti artists and illustrators.

T-Boy, Gritty or Spike are the names of his characters and everybody is invited to use them as creative toys and download material from Tanakas website to play with and collaborate in international exhibitions. Cool stuff. Be there!

Riga and hospitalityclub.org

Riga SkylineFoto from Brent@FlickrI am going to Riga! Yeah! From thursday to tuesday I’ll be travelling in the wild east and enjoy the atmosphere of the beautiful Baltic city. So you can expect some reports from Riga on stylewalker.net

By some magic coincidence I met some Latvians on the train (they looked cool and had t-shirts with a strange language print, so I assumed they had to be Latvians. I asked them: and it was true!) who recommended hospitalityclub.org. Check it out: you’ll be amazed.
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