Latvia’s cultural life bristles with the old and the new, the traditional and modern, the classical and the Avante Garde. Latvians idolize their artists, composers, writers, and performers, and regularly fill stadiums, concert halls, and theatres to enjoy a wide variety of cultural events. Latvia’s capital of Riga is one of the Baltic Sea’s most beautiful and historic cities. Its rich architectural heritage reveals over 800 years of cultural, economic, and political vitality and has earned it recognition as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site. Riga is also famous for its Jugendstil architecture.