About us

About Skaņu Mežs:

It’s been more than ten years since the first Skaņu Mežs (“Sound Forest”) festival took place in 2003, but a question repeatedly voiced by festival goers is – what is the festival’s purpose? Briefly – Skaņu Mežs is organised both to give an overview of the latest developments within modern music as well as to nurture an ongoing chain of interesting musical events in Riga, Latvia.

Skaņu Mežs is a music festival which has as its goal to widen the audience’s horizons, and to offer alternatives to dominant views on culture. The events can be seen as an opportunity for people to detach themselves from their mundane and everyday comfort zones, in this way refreshing their perspective on the world.

This doesn’t, however, mean that the Skaņu Mežs’ repertoir is purposefully complicated or contrary. Quite the opposite, as even though the festival is a platform for adventuorus music, it also includes performers whose work is perhaps more accessible, thus providing entry points also for listeners who do not associate themselves with the avant-garde. The festival doesn’t focus on a certain musical genre or category, but rather on the search for new languages in music and sound.

An additional dimension of Skaņu Mežs’ activities is a string of exhibitions, devoted to audiovisual art and sound art in particular.

Skaņu Mežs is the co-founder and member of International Cities of Advanced Sound (ICAS) and the SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art.


2 thoughts on “About us

  1. Dear Skaņu Mežs

    I’m emailing to let you know of a new performance project which I’m planning to tour in 2015 and beyond as it develops and which might be of interest to you in future programming. Having closely followed your festival events I think my work would fit very well within your programming as my aim is to provide innovative and original work which is nonetheless accessible. I believe my work would engage successfully with your audiences.

    Details can be on my personal site here: http://www.wyness.org/mysite/live.html

    My working statement is here: http://www.wyness.org/

    best wishes

    James Wyness


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