PROGRAM OF FESTIVAL
Latvia, Riga, XI international festival-carnival " Count of May"


A Festival-carnival "Count of May" is a unique event of Riga, which has been prepared by Riga residents for the past 11 years. This European culture tradition came to Riga in the Middle Ages and today it is shining in new bright colors!

This is the only spring carnival in the Baltics with the preservation of important elements of the cultural and historical tradition of the city.

It brings together a variety of cultures, eras and people. We are for creativity and inspiration. We are for the common spring and the common sun. We are for the carnival for everyone!

Come to the holiday in a carnival costume or rent it right at the festival - and you will feel the whole essence of the holiday from the inside!

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

 10:00 - 22:00

  •  medieval fair of artisans and craftsmen 
  • creative and craft workshops 
  • medieval attractions for adults and children 
  • knights tournaments and demonstrative fights of knights
  • tournament for children and juniors "Sword of Roland" 
  • concert program on the main stage 
  • costume contest "Modern Renaissance" 
  • May Count Awarding and May Countess Choice 
  • city quest 
  • carnival costume rental 
  • photo angles 
  • medieval cafes 
  • esoteric games and counseling 
  • archery and other relay races 

FREE ENTRANCE

Programma_MG2022_21-05-2022-2.pdf

Programma_MG2022_22-05-2022-2.pdf

parade of count of may fest

21.05. at 01:00 PM - together with Count of may of previous tournaments

22.05. - at 06:00 PM - together with new Count and Countess of May 

Any visitor or participant dressed in carnival or historical costume can participate freely

QUEST GAME "count of may 2022"

Special quest game in Vermanes gaden for visitors of the festival, using mobile app ACTIONBOUND, which will help you to know more about a festival and feel its unique atmosphere!

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FIRST 20 WINNERS WILL GET SPECIAL PRIZES FROM ORGANIZERS OF FESTIVAL

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PROGRAM 21.05.2022.*

"COUNT OF MAY" DAY

MAIN STAGE OF VERMANES GARDEN

12:00 FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY

12:30 STAGE PROGRAM BEGINS, PARTICIPANTS OF THE PARADE ARE MEETING TO THE STAGE

13:00 - 13:45 COUNT OF MAY FEST PARADE TO THE RIGA STREETS . Any visitor to the festival in a carnival or historical costume can participate freely

13:00 - 16:00 STAGE PROGRAM OF FESTIVAL

16:00 COSTUME CONTEST "MODERN RENAISSANCE". JUDGES BY CATEGORIES.

17:00 - 21:00 STAGE PROGRAM OF FESTIVAL

18:00 AWARD OF THE COUNT OF MAY - A WINNER OF THE TOURNAMENTS

21:00 - LED LIGHT SHOW "A LEGEND OF FOUR DRAGONS"

21:30 - PARTY FOR EVERYONE - DISCO 80' AND 90'

IN VERMANES GARDEN:

10:00 - 22:00 CRAFT FAIR

12:00 - 18:00  KNIGHT TOURNAMENTS, CHALLENGES FOR COUNT OF MAY (FOR ADULTS 18+), TOURNAMENTS HEMA AND LARP (AT THE TOURNAMENT ARENA)

11:00 - 20:00 ATRACTIONS FOR KIDS AND ADULTS, GAMES, WORKSHOPS, PHOTO ZONES, PHOTOSHOOTING WITH PARTICIPANTS OF THE COSTUME CONTEST, SPOTS OF NATIONAL CULTURES, HORSE RIDING ETC.


* A PROGRAM IS SUBJECT OF CHANGES, PLEASE FOLLOW THE NEWS! .

PROGRAM 22.05.2022.*

"COUNTESS OF MAY" DAY

MAIN STAGE OF VERMANES GARDEN


12:00 - 17:00 FESTIVAL STAGE PROGRAM

17:00 COSTUME CONTEST "MODERN RENAISSANCE". STAGE SHOWS OF PARTICIPANTS

17:30 AWARDS OF THE COSTUME CONTEST "MODERN RENAISSANCE" PARTICIPANTS 

18:00 CHOOSING AND AWARD OF COUNTESS OF MAY

18:15 - 19:00 COUNT OF MAY AND COUNTESS OF MAY WILL LEAD THE PARADE AT RIGA STREETS TOGETHER WITH VISITORS AND COSTUME CONTEST PATICIPANTS.   Any visitor to the festival in a carnival or historical costume can participate freely

18:30 - 21:00 FESTIVAL STAGE PROGRAM

21:00 - FIRE SHOW

21:30 - PARTY FOR EVERYONE AND OFFICIAL CLOSING OF THE FESTIVAL

IN VERMANES GARDEN:

10:00 - 22:00 CRAFT FAIR

12:00 - 18:00  TOURNAMENT FOR CHILDREN AND JUNIORS "SWORD OF ROLAND" 7-17 y.o. (AT THE TOURNAMENT ARENA)

11:00 - 20:00 ATRACTIONS FOR KIDS AND ADULTS, GAMES, WORKSHOPS, PHOTO ZONES, PHOTOSHOOTING WITH PARTICIPANTS OF THE COSTUME CONTEST, SPOTS OF NATIONAL CULTURES, HORSE RIDING ETC.


12:00 - 22:00 CONCERT PROGRAM

MAIN STAGE

The May Count Festival unites the most diverse types of cultures and directions of creativity. The festival program includes both medieval dances and songs, as well as modern fantasy choreographies, performances by young talents of Riga, songs and dances of different peoples of the world

The program throughout the day: Latvian folk dances, Italian opera, Irish riverdance, German, Georgian, gypsy dances, songs in Latvian, English, Chinese, Russian, Hungarian, Ukrainian, circus and theater performances and much more!

Apply for the participation in stage program

12:00 - 19:00 TOURNAMENTS

TOURNAMENT ARENA


  •  Tournament "Sword of Roland 2022" for children and juniors (from 7 to 17 years)
  •  May Count Tournament (18 years and older)
  •  Demonstrative Knightly Fights

 Apply for the Tournaments

16:00 - 17:00 BEST COSTUME CONTEST "MODERN RENAISSANCE"
MAIN STAGE

For 11 consecutive years, a colorful contest of the best costumes has been taking place on the festival stage, in which any visitor to the festival can participate.

Carnival costume, fancy dress, historical image - choose the category of the competition to your liking and participate - get memorable prizes, recognition from the jury and the public! Feel the carnival in yourself!

 Terms of participation and registration in the competition

MEDIEVAL FAIR 10:00 - 22:00 

Vermanes Garden territory
Craftsmen and needlewomen, seamstresses and beekeepers, winemakers and artists, antique manuscripts and medieval arms dealers, blacksmiths and potters, wood craftsmen and culinary specialists - the May Fair is a medieval fair that runs throughout the festival.
Medieval motives are visible not only in the goods offered, but also in the merchants themselves, because at the May Count holiday we are all in historical costumes - traders, craftsmen, concert participants, and even spectators.
After all, we ourselves make this fairy tale real!

Merchants and artisans - we invite you to apply for participation in the May Count Fair