Riga and Umeå European Capitals of Culture 2014

Riga and Umeå European Capitals of Culture 2014

The Latvian capital Riga along with the Swedish Umeå are the two European Capitals of Culture for 2014.

Riga will officially be unveiled as the 2014 European Capital of Culture on January 17 to 19, 2014. One of the main events will be a human chain transferring books from hand to hand, from the old National Library of Latvia Building to the new “Gaismas Pils” (Palace of Light) National Library Building on January 18.

Umeå, the most northerly Capital of Culture ever, will offer its audiences and visitors from all around Europe a challenging and innovative year.

From January 2014 the two cities will officially start a year of music, theatre, dance, film and literature events showing their culture to the world.


Further information on their celebrations and events can be found at:

Riga 2014



Umeå 2014