The Latvian capital Riga has celebrated its inauguration as a 2014 European Capital of Culture – a title it shares with Umea in northern Sweden.
On Saturday evening, a parade along Riga’s Daugava river formed part of a show called “Path of Light”.
Latvia’s President Andris Berzins described the city, founded in 1201, as “shining through the centuries as a pearl of culture”.
Riga’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to one the largest collections of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe.
The city’s architecture, music and art will be celebrated in hundreds of special events throughout the year.