Sherlock Holmes is one of the world’s most popular characters. Disregarding his long professional life Sherlock Holmes has never before celebrated his birthday. Riga has had the honour to shoot the Sherlock Holmes movie.
From 1979 until 1986 the movie ''The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson'' directed by Igor Maslennikov was shot in Riga, where the lead male part was played by Vasily Livanov, and a small street in the Old Riga was very successfully transferred into the Baker Street in London.
Sherlock Holmes performed by Livanov has been acknowledged to be the most authentic and noble and Livanov was awarded an Order of the British Empire by the Queen of England for this role. This is why the tradition to celebrate birthday of Sherlock Holmes in Riga was started.
Come and congratulate Holmes yourself! You can take part in the demonstration of ''Sherlock Holmes'', have a cup of tea with the friendly Mrs. Hudson on the Baker Street (Jauniela) or enjoy the competition of the best Hound of Baskervilles at the Dome Square.
The celebration will start on January 5 at 13:00 by the Art Academy of Latvia (13 Kalpaka Boulevard) with gathering of ''Sherlocks Holmes''
- 13.00 The procession goes from the Academy of Arts passing by the Freedom Monument to the house of Sherlock Holmes in ''Baker Street'' (Jauniela)
- 14.00 Official opening of the celebration. The award ceremony of the best Sherlock Holmes
- 15.00 – 16.00 Parade of English dog breeds
Great Britain is a dog-loving country. Conan Doyle in his novels about Sherlock Holmes very accurately described the four legged friends. Therefore the parade at the Dome Square will gather the best representatives of the English dog breeds at the same place. The Hound of the Baskervilles will also be there
- 14.00 – 16.00 ''Oatmeal, Sir?''
An event at the Dome Square where Berimors will offer English-style oatmeal to all guests
- 17.00 – 18.00 ''Five o’clock tea''
Mrs. Hudson will treat the guests with a cup of tea. (Cafes of the Old Riga offer their guests the classical tea break. 17.00 – ''Five o’clock tea'')