SnowCastle of Kemi opened the doors to Winter Wonderland

Everything made of snow and ice

The construction work of the winter wonderland in Kemi started in Christmas time by making the snow out of the sea water. This process is possible when the sea is totally frozen and the temperature stays below 7 C minus. The ice to decorate the castle, and to make the tables to the SnowRestaurant, is cut and lifted also from the sea. Everything is made only from natural materials - snow and ice, and you need plenty of it, as the 3700 m2 in total and over 2000m2 indoor area in this snowy castle demands a lot of building material.

Latvia 100. Events in Cēsis

Celebrating Latvia's centenary, the festivities will also take place in the homeland of the flag of Latvia – in Cēsis. The inhabitants of Cēsis and guests of the city will be invited to take part in the birthday party of the State. As usual, celebratory events will be free, when everyone will be able to enjoy the festive concert with groups of amateur artists and well-known artists.
Outdoor activities are also scheduled with a warm-up singing and various creative activities.

Festival “Cello Cēsis”

The Concert Hall “Cēsis” organizes the International Cello Music Festival, which takes place every year in September. “Cello Cēsis” is the first cello festival in the Baltics and the Nordic Region and aims at exposing the audience to the unique voice of the cello and the different sounds in the performance of both the world-famous cellists and young musicians.


In Latvia, it's the only free rock music festival lasting for two days, which already the fifth time will traditionally take place within the Cēsis City Celebration. Having attracted several tens of thousands of visitors to the open-air stage of the Castle Park, it has become one of the most significant rock events in the region. During the two-day event, both home-famous musicians and special guests from abroad are on the stage.

Cēsis Arts Festival

he organizers of the festival, which will take place in 2018 for the twelfth time and is already internationally recognized, have always tried to create such a program of music, film, theater, and visual arts events which promotes understanding of the contemporary cultural processes of the world. The festival is unique directly with its experimental nature and the desire to offer creative expressions of outstanding, as well as recognized artists for a wide audience.

Medieval Days

The Medieval Days of the Cēsis castle are the richest event in the traditions and innovations of the living history in Latvia which offers the opportunity to travel in time and discover how life has been amazing in the Middle Ages.  During the Medieval Days of the Cēsis castle, the centuries-old history can not  only be viewed with your own eyes but can also be touched, smelled, and tasted. Each year, people of the Cēsis castle invite you to explore new aspects of the ancient centuries.

SEB MTB “Cēsis – Valmiera”

The beginnings of SEB MTB race series date back to 1997. Currently, it is one of the largest MTB Marathon series in Europe, since at each stage 1800 - 2300 local athletes and participants from abroad, as well as a large number of fans are gathering. The race takes place in 7 stages, from the end of April until the beginning of October in different cities of Latvia. Cēsis is the opening stage of the marathon, which also marks the start of the season for cycling. The 42 km long route winds along the picturesque river Gauja up to Valmiera.

Festival “Pēteris Vasks’ Music Circle”

The resident ensemble “Trio Palladio” of the Concert Hall “Cēsis” - the outstanding Latvian musicians, winners of the Grand Music Award Eva Bindere, Kristīne Baumane, and Reinis Zariņš have prepared a special program for the new Pēteris Vasks’ festival at Concert Hall “Cēsis”. Two big pieces will be performed: one composed by Pēteris Vasks, the other – Piano Trio by the Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür, similar to the feelings and moods. At the festival, one of the pages of the creative life of Pēteris Vasks will be highlighted - namely, the choir music.