In the year 2014 Riga will be the European capital of culture. Since 1985, European Union announces a city in Europe which will become a European capital of culture. Since 2004, the European Union enlargement this status is shared by two cities, each of a different country. In 2014 Riga will share this status with Umea (Sweden). This will be the greatest cultural project in Latvia so far. There will be a rich event calendar throughout 2014, but this gives Riga an opportunity to attract tourists long before 2014.
In 2014 Riga will not only be the European Capital of Culture, but there will be held the World Choir Games 2014. From July 09 – 19 in Riga. The idea of this event is based on the Olympic games. It unifies singing people and nations around the world connected by song in a fair competition. Since 2000, this event is held in a different country every two years. The World Choir Games gathers more than 20.000 participants from more than 80 countries around the world every time the games are held. Latvia has the perfect infrastructure for this event, as Latvians have their own choir traditions.