"Organ music in the sign of BACH" - concert programme in Dubulti Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Dubulti Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Dubulti Evangelical Lutheran Church
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This concert series (Latvian: "Ērģeļmūzika Baha zīmē") in 2014 co-joins three churches in Latvia – Dubulti Evangelical, Riga Dome Cathedral and Liepaja Holy Trinity. From May to September, new works will be premiered there, making up a new series - "Latvian Trilogy for Organ".

The project will bring together more than 20 organists, as well as quire, soloists, individual musicians and Latvian National Symphony orchestra.

Dubulti Evangelical Lutheran Church
Baznīcas iela 13, Jūrmala, LV-2015
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Last updated: 11.06.2014

"Organ music in the sign of BACH" - concert programme in Riga Dome Cathedral.

This concert series (Latvian: "Ērģeļmūzika Baha zīmē") in 2014 co-joins three churches in Latvia – Dubulti Evangelical, Riga Dome Cathedral and Liepaja Holy Trinity. From May to September, new works will be premiered there, making up a new series - "Latvian Trilogy for Organ".

The project will bring together more than 20 organists, as well as quire, soloists, individual musicians and Latvian National Symphony orchestra.

Riga Dome Cathedral
15.05 - 03.08.2014

The changing role of art in society is one where it does not just create a new aesthetics but gets involved in patterns of social, scientific, and technological transformations. The exhibition "Fields" in the "Arsenāls" Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art presents a lively landscape of art that challenges existing viewpoints, deconstructs social issues, and proposes positive visions for the future. Artists in the "Fields" exhibition make new combinations of existing fields-as-in-disciplines - fusing and navigating between the social and the natural, the scientific and the emotional, the sensible with the actual in imaginative ways.

The exhibition will show approximately 40 artworks by artists from all over the world, but with a special focus on Central, Eastern and Northern Europe. The exhibition include artists Oliver Ressler, Shu Lea Cheang, Lisa Jevbratt, Superflex, Ines Doujak, Hans Scheirl, Gints Gabrans, Marko Peljhan, Cecile Babiole, Graham Harwood & Matsuko Yokokoji (YoHa), Voldemars Johansons, Erich Berger, Martins Ratniks, Hayley Newman, Annemie Maes (Okno), Martin Howse, Franz Xaver, Robert Adrian and many more. Curators - Raitis Smits, Rasa Smite (Latvia) and Armin Medosch (Austria). Producer - RIXC.

The exhibition will be accompanied by "Art+Communication 2014" festival program with public lectures, live performances, as well as a Renewable Futures symposium.

Festival will feature conference "Renewable Futures" and workshops on art, science, culture of innovation and sustainable businesses, as well as audiovisual performances for the broader public in RIXC Media Space and Spikeri Quarter.

"Arsenāls" Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art, RIXC Media Space and Spikeri Quarter
09.07 - 19.07.2014

The idea of the World Choir Games is to promote understanding amongst nations and world peace, uniting people from every corner of the planet in a friendly contest.

In July 2014, Riga will host about 20 000 singers from all around the world and see quire music to take over its biggest concert halls and venues. A grand international range of choir will make Riga a capital of choir music for the duration of the Games.

The idea of this event is to unite a great constellation of the stars of world music, born in Riga, to perform on the natural stage presented by the square of the National Opera.

Performers: Maija Kovaļevska, Inese Galante, Aleksandrs Antoņenko, Egils  Siliņš, Gidons Krēmers, Miša Maiskis, Baiba Skride, Iveta Apkalna,  Vestards Šimkus, Raimonds Pauls and Laima Jansone, as well as a choir and orchestra conducted by Andris Poga.   

The outdoor concert will also be aired live on screens set up near the Opera House.

04.07 - 05.07.2014

The XI "Kremerata Baltica" Festival  is thematically akin to the analogy about amber. The most valuable gem is our nation's talent, outstanding achievement in music, created here, but with international acclaim.

The festival is held annually as a marker of accomplishment and collaboration, for fine tuning, with the best of the best presented to those visiting Riga during its special year as the "European Capital of Culture.".

Participants of XI "Kremerata Baltica" festival will be the orchestra "Kremerata Baltica" conducted by Gidon Kremer joined by other outstanding musicians from Latvia and abroad.

Concert hall "Baltais flīģelis"

1.25 km long and illuminated cross-country ski track in Sigulda is the only of a kind ski track in Eastern Europe.

Refrigerating system, which is built under the surface of the track, allows maintain snow cover and start the ski season earlier, as well as keeps its non-stop working in changing weather conditions. Sport and active leisure centre „Sigulda” offers inventory rental, ski and instructor’s services.Inventory rental, ski service and instructor’s services are available.

Working Hours: 

Daily from 8.00 - 20.00

Built in 1207 as a castellum type fortress, later rebuilt into a convent type building. From 2012 it is possible to climb up the North Tower, the Main Gate Tower and enjoy the medieval aura. Virtual tour: www.promotour.lv/tour/sigulda-2/

In the ancient Gauja valley, shaped by the River Gauja and its tributaries, dozens of stone castles were erected and occupied in addition to the many castle mounds that were built by earlier locals. This area has the greatest concentration of castles not only in Latvia but also in Eastern Europe.

Geographically, the Gauja valley played an important role during the Crusades due to its existing network of waterways and land roads that were already in place. The valley was also home to a variety of ethnic groups who each controlled their own lands. During the 13th century many new territories were established on the basis of war and battle.

Sigulda Medieval Castle was built by the Livonian Brothers of the Sword who were later incorporated into the Teutonic Order of the castle, thus the castle eventually became the property of the Livonian Order.

The Livonian Brothers of the Sword, officially known as The Militia of Christ of Livonia, was a military order comprised of German "warrior monks.” They later became better known as the Livonian Brothers of the Sword due to the symbols on their white capes: a red sword and cross. The order, founded in 1202, was the first "warrior monk” order formed outside the Mediterranean region. Historical documents indicate Bishop Albert and Cistercian Abbot Teoderih were the co-founders of the order. The military order’s mission was to remain in Livonia to protect the land and conquer new territories.

As part of the land division between themselves and Bishop Albert in 1207, the order gained the territory which stretched along the left side of the Gauja River. In the ongoing competition to determine hegemony between the Bishop and the Livonian Order, castle placement became a strategic factor. According to the Rhymed Chronicles, Sigulda Medieval Castle was erected sometime between 1207 and 1209 under the direction of Master Venno of the Order of the Brethren of the Sword. The Chronicle of Henry of Livonia says that the castle was in use by the Brothers of the Sword as a base while battling revolting Livs that were invading from a nearby castle.

Sigulda Medieval Castle was initially built to monitor and control the water ways of the Gauja River and to fend off any invasion attempts from the nearby bishop’s castle in Turaida which was located on the river’s west coast. In 1224 the Pope’s legate, Wilhelm of Modena, stayed at the castle and established both a church and parish. In 1237 the lands of the Livonian Brothers of the Sword become the property of the German Order who continued to conquer additional territories in Latvia up until 1290. 

At the very beginning of the Livonian war, Sigulda Medieval Castle was damaged and in 1562 it became a part of the PolishStarostwo. At the end of the 16th century, the Poles repaired the castle and its surrounding buildings. During the Polish – Swedish war the castle was seriously damaged. After the war, the Swedes reported that the castle was empty and destroyed.  In the 1622 it was again restored and a new residential building and sauna were built. 

In 1737 Sigulda became a private estate. It was first the property of Count Lasi, followed by Brown and the Borhs. In the 19th century the castle and its layout were remodeled and a gate, inscribed with the year 1867, was added to the front part of the castle. The gate tower surrounding the inner castle building was decorated with the Borh family coat of arms. Additionally, the ruins of the castle were fortified and two pseudo-gothic arches were constructed. Finally, between 1878 and 1881, a new castle was built by Duke Kropotkin’s family.

At the beginning of the 19th century the castle once again got attention but, following the trend of the times, it was simply admired as a romantic ruin. Monument protection concerns caused some construction work to be done in order to renew the gate tower and other important parts of the castle.  Due to its importance as a tourist attraction, the castle walls have been fortified many times in the 20th century.

After WWI with the establishment of Latvia, the ruins have been under the auspices of the Monument Board.

In 2011, the European Union co-sponsored a project designed to assist with the renovations. It was officially titled “Reconstruction of Sigulda Castle Ruins and Infrastructure Adjustment for Tourism Development” and successfully concluded in 2012.

All of this has resulted in the reconstruction of the castle ruins and it’s surroundings which makes it a unique tourist attraction combining a rich cultural history in an ecologically clean environment.

You are welcome to climb up into the Castle’s southern and northern towers which have been opened for the first time since the renovations. Take a walk on the walls of the ruins to enjoy the pristine atmosphere and the beautiful views of Gauja river valley and the nearby historical monuments. The technical part of this project was executed by the office of Inara Caunite. 

Annual concerts and festivals are organized on the open air stage of Sigulda castle-ruins. The season traditionally opens in May with the Cherry Blossom Ball followed by the Jazz Festival, Blues Festival and Theater Day.  The most remarkable event is the Opera Festival, originally initiated 20 years ago by Dainis Kalns and held in Sigulda ever since.

Livonian Order’s castle in Sigulda to its visitors offers explicit and historically active journey within the everyday life of Livonian Order’s Brotherhood. Visitors vill discoverhow the inner structure of the Order was formed and how did it function; how did Order’s brothers and servants dress and arm themselves; what was the everyday life and military campaigns of the Order’s brotherhood like. More information: http://tourism.sigulda.lv/journey-within-the-everyday-life-of-livonian-order-s-brotherhood/

23.04 - 12.09.2014
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday11:00 - 18:00
Thursday13:00 - 20:00
Friday11:00 - 18:00
Saturday11:00 - 16:00

Organised as a Riga-European Capital of Culture event, the Riga Film Museum on April 22 opens a new exhibition titled  “Film Trophies”/"Kino trofejas".

Here is a look  at the policy and reality of the film-making industry in Latvia right after WWII. Also – style and trends of architecture for movie houses during this era.

In tandem with the exhibit, in the "Splendid Palace" cinema, a special programme of films from 1940-50.

Riga Film Museum

Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 16 will take place on 5th of April in Riga, and will offer "90 Talks on the Repaired, Enhanced and Dead Body" by 60 Latvian and foreign experts. Event of Riga 2014 - European Capital of Culture.

At the Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledgeyou can book a 30-minute one-to-one dialogue with one of over 60 experts recruitedfrom Riga and abroadoryou can observe and listen to select conversations via headphones on Blackmarket Radio’s seven channels. The experts will put together a lexicon that fragments, mirrors and hallucinates the Repaired, Enhanced and Dead Body– through stories, theories, documentation and myths.

A Blackmarketfor Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledgeis an interdisciplinary research on learning and un-learning where narrative formats of knowledge transfer are tried out and presented. The installation imitates familiar places of knowledge exchange, like the archive or library reading room, and combines them with communication situations such as markets, the stock exchanges, and counselling or social service interviews.

Each Blackmarket presents a different topic, generating an encyclopedia with local and foreign experts. In Riga the theme is on the Repaired, Enhanced and Dead body. One thing is clear: we are constantly rebuilding ourselves. The Riga Blackmarket undertakes an inventory of all the medical and cultural techniques currently being used to optimize our bodies. The experts are drawn from the professional fields of heart surgery, stem cell research, transplantation medicine, oncology, orthopedics, medical ethics and bioethics, and philosophy. On the other hand, experts versed in popular culture, sci-fi, cyborg theories, transhumanism, and robotics will try to answer the question - how many modifications can a body tolerate before we become strangers to ourselves? And last, but not least, the Blackmarket will also provide the opportunity to speak about the dead body, the always already present absence of the dead.

Blackmarket No. 16 in Riga is organised by the Mobile Academy Berlin in collaboration with the New Theatre Institute of Latvia as part of the programme of Riga 2014 - European Capital of Culture.

Mobile Academy Berlin is a project devised by Hannah Hurtzig with changing partners based at HAU, Berlin. Following fifteen Blackmarkets on different topics in Berlin, Warsaw,Istanbul, Hamburg, Graz, Vienna and other cities, this is a long-awaited first Blackmarket in Riga.

Blackmarket in Riga is supported by Riga 2014 and the Riga City Council, EU Programme Culture, European network IMAGINE 2020, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Goethe Institute Riga, Diena & Kultūras Diena, IR, Rīgas Laiks, Satori, EuroAWK.

"Sapņu fabrika" (Dream Factory)