Water, city and freedom – these were signs of recognition of the Hanseatic League, for 400 years uniting nearly 300 cities in 16 countries in the north-east of Europe. Nowadays, Union of Cities THE HANSA organizes a large-scale celebration – International Hanseatic Days – in one of the Hanseatic cities every year to honour these values. Riga has been awarded to organize the event in 2021.
On Thursday, 19.08., at 19:00 the Opening Parade is going to mark the beginning of the Hanseatic Days celebration, which having passed through the Old Riga is going to be concluded with the Hanseatic Days Opening Ceremony.
On Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00 and on Sunday from 11:00 to 16:00, the Hanseatic Market will take place where dozens of Hanseatic cities and town are going to offer a possibility to explore traditions, culture and main sights.
On Sunday, at 9:00 Ecumenical worship service and at 16:00 the Closing ceremony of the Hanseatic Days are going to be held.
Throughout this celebration a versatile concert program is going to take place on several stages in parallel with the Riga City Festival program.