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Baltic States: September event guide


September 23-24, Japanese Pop-Culture Festival AniMatsuri 2017, Tartu

AniMatsuri is a festival mainly targeted towards youth interested in Japanese culture. The emphasis is on Japanese pop culture, including, anime, manga (comics produced in Japan), music, computer games, fashion, etc. In two days, the visitors have the opportunity to participate in various workshops, listen to presentations, play computer or board games, compete in a number of contests, communicate with people sharing the same interests, and much more. The organizer of AniMatsuri is the NPO Japanese Culture Club Asashio founded in 2005 in Tartu.


September 25 – October 01, 12th Tallinn Design Festival, Tallinn

Tallinn Design Festival is a significant annual event demonstrating the achievements of designers of Estonia and other countries, but also the mindset of the design community. The program of the 12th Tallinn Design Festival concentrates on design culture. The venues of the festival have often been neglected pearls of architecture becoming the favorites of the public afterwards. The creative vitality of the city is assured by an intensive program of satellites. Among the partners there, beside designers, are both start-up and experienced organizations, manufacturers, educational institutions and other establishments. In the collectively composed festival program, one can find formats going deeper into the design world, cultural and entertaining events and initiatives promoting design trade. Go to for additional information.



September 08-27, Conceptual Jewelry Exhibition Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Jewelry is Not Only Jewelry, Putti Art Gallery, Riga

There are many misunderstandings in the common meaning of jewelry and in the thinking of what jewelry should be. On the border of kitsch and consume Réka Lörincz from Budapest (HU) and Gisbert Stach from Munich (DE) show a colorful kaleidoscope of jewelry, objects, installations and films where they try to define and enlighten the field of jewelry in a new humoristic, critical and philosophical way. The admission to the exhibition is free. To find out more please go to 


September 23, Mikelis Day Fair in Old Town Riga, Dome Square, Riga

Mikelis Day is celebrated during the autumn solstice, when the sun turns towards winter – this is the time when daytime and nighttime are the same length and the astronomical autumn sets in. This is an important time of year for farmers, when the most important jobs have been completed before winter, and it is time to celebrate the harvest. Market squares will be full of Latvian grown pumpkins, apples, pears, cranberries, cowberries and much more. The ladies of the house will be offering homemade jams, cheeses, traditional pastries and home-baked bread. Everyone will be able to enjoy and purchase fresh honey, as well as smoked meats and fish. Meanwhile, local craftsmen will also be on hand offering traditional and contemporary linens, ceramics, jewelry, wooden items and much, much more.



September 06-24, International Early Music Festival “Banchetto Musicale”, various venues in Vilnius

This September, loyal audiences and visitors to Vilnius will be able to attend the 27th Banchetto musicale Early Music Festival. Eleven concerts have been organized where everyone is sure to discover their favorite soloists, ensembles, composers and works. Music from different lands and performers from various corners of Europe and the world gather in Vilnius each year for this annual banquet of early music. The festival’s organizers have chosen the internationally celebrated 500th anniversary of the Reformation as this year's theme. Posting his theses on the doors of the Wittenberg Cathedral in 1517, Martin Luther started an uproar which ultimately reached to the spreading of a movement that grew into an entire epoch, and contributed significantly to the history of humanity. Many of this year’s festival concerts will thus in one way or another touch on the legacy of the Reformation, reminding us of the significant music creators from that time. The festival's concerts will take place on September 7–23, 2017 at the National Museum, Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, the Franciscan Monastery Church and Sts. Johns’ Church in Vilnius. For more information please visit 


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