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The building which housed the KGB or Committee for State Security Headquarters in Riga during the Soviet period has opened for the general public as a feature of Riga’s year as the European Capital of Culture.

KGB House
  • KGB House

The building at the intersection of Brīvības Street and Stabu Street used to go by the name of Stūra māja (corner house) – obviously because of its location, as well as for a long history of putting many people in a very tight corner indeed.

The KGB was a particularly repressive authority that the Bolsheviks established soon after coming to power in Russia in 1917. They set up the Emergency Commission, or Cheka, to seek and eliminate opponents of Bolshevism. Since then, Cheka and KGB were the terms used to denote the entire oppressive Soviet system, regardless of the name changes the authority went through.

The KGB building in Riga has been unable to find new tenants. In order to turn the spotlight on and prompt discussion about the history of the building, the KGB House is open to the general public from April 30 to October 31 this year, offering an extensive educational and cultural programme. The first, fourth, fifth and sixth floors of the building showcase history and art exhibitions about the building, visitors are also offered guided tours of the building's legendary ominous basement.

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  • Address: 
    Brīvības un Stabu ielas stūris, Rīga
  • Languages spoken: 
    • English
    • German
    • Latvian
    • Russian
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  • Exhibitions
Last updated: 10.03.2014

Ķīpsala International Exhibition Centre is the largest specialised exhibition centre in the Baltic countries. This is where, all year long, thematic exhibits take place every weekend, as well as various sports, cultural and recreational events.

The Ķīpsala International Exhibition Centre includes two main halls, three spacious conference halls, and two more rooms with seating capacity of up to forty people. There is a guarded car park near the centre.

Various exhibitions are held in Ķīpsala all year round, many of which have become popular events that the public looks forward to attending. These include “School”, Baltic Book Fair, fairs dedicated to cars, photography, agricultural machinery, tourism, textiles and others, accompanied by all kinds of events.

Ķīpsala Exhibition Centre also hosts impressive cultural and recreational events, including dancesport festivals, Christmas concerts, large-scale dancing and sports events for adults and children.

Kaņepe Culture Centre is located in a building over one hundred years old that has witnessed conversions by Baltic Germans and Russian aristocracy, as well as events by Latvian Bohemians in the interwar period. For almost fifty years, the building housed a music school, but now it has regained its Bohemian aura.

The building is enclosed by a yard and has a terrace, particularly popular during the summer.

Kaņepe Culture Centre hosts experimental, indie and world music concerts featuring local and foreign artists. On weekends, deejays take the stage to set the mood for parties and dancing.

The culture centre frequently stages various thematic activities and events.

Kaņepe Culture Centre’s second floor is room to the “Kino Bize” (Film Braid), where independent films, new art films and classics from all over the world are screened. They are often preceded or succeeded by the opportunity to meet with film makers, participate in discussion sessions and enjoy lectures.

There is an architectural landmark situated in a five-hectare large park in the northern suburb of Vecmīlgrāvis, just five minutes from Riga centre by car - "Ziemeļblāzma" Culture Palace.

"Ziemeļblāzma" was built in 1913 by lumber magnate and patron of the arts Augusts Dombrovskis with the objective being for local residents to enjoy a full social and cultural life. In those days, the centre (called "pils" in Latvian (Eng: "palace")) was one of  the most significant arts and education facilities in all of Latvia.

Now, finally, the 100-year-old edifice has been entirely restored, bringing back its historic worth and architectural beauty. "Ziemeļblāzma", as the sole such centre in the vicinity, has major socioeconomic and societal integration importance, as it is home to a number of local amateur collectives – theatre studios, choirs, dance troupes and fine art classes.

The culture centre regularly features plays, operettas, concerts and art shows, with its adjoining park also utilised as a venue for events.

The unique look of Pārdaugava’s Kalnciema Quarter (Latvian: Kalnciema kvartāls) is marked by its restored wooden houses, originally built in the late 19th century. This neighbourhood is just a five-minute drive from downtown Riga, or a pleasant 30-minute walk.

One could say that this neat and tidy area is a feast for the eyes and soothing to the soul; among its gems are an art gallery, restaurant and wine shoppe. On Saturday’s all year round, local artisans and food vendors set up their stands. This outdoor market often comes complete with live music, a performance or some other creative activity, and it’s meant for young and old.

When the weather is warm, besides live music (usually traditional/ethnic, on occasion classical), the Quarter hosts movie showings, avant-garde experiments and lecture series’ on science, culture and history, also – walking tours guided by local experts.

Most of the events in the Quarter are free of charge.

Located in Old Town, “Nabaklab”is known for its artistic and academic atmosphere where concerts and exhibitions are held on a regular basis, also movie showings, poetry/prose readings, discussion sessions. Moreover, sans an event, it is a pleasant and cosy place to escape the mad rush.

The attractive building housing the club was constructed by University of Latvia benefactor Kristaps Morbergs, and it fits perfectly in the downtown Boulevard Circle architectural ensemble. Now, the club offers entertainment and relaxation in a number of spaces for a romantic rendezvous, or dancing to rock, reggae, ska, or some other alternative music. An added plus is that sitting at the long bar by the window gives you the additional treat of being able to see the Freedom Monument.

„Veldzes Nams” guest house is located within 5-10 minute walk from city’s recreation and entertainment area. Every room is equipped with air-conditioner, TV, WC, shower, dishes, electric kettle, hairdryer. 

In the guest house for guests free of charge are available: 

  • Wi-Fi; 
  • kitchen with all the accessories necessary for meal preparation, washing machine; 
  • landscaped rest area, terrace with tables and barbecue; 
  • children"s playground; 
  • tourism information about Ventspils; 
  • parking lot. 

We offer modern halls for your activities: 

  • celebrations 
  • workshops 
  • presentations 
  • weddings 
  • conferences 
  • and other measures. 
Services: 
  • Access for disabled people
  • Bicycle rental
  • Internet
  • Pets allowed
  • Picnic area
  • Place to celebrate
  • Playgrounds
  • Sauna
  • Workshops and conferences
  • Category: 
    Restaurants

Restaurant AQUA LUNA is on the bank of the river Daugava in the Andrejsala area of central Riga, and is the ideal place to enjoy nature, calmness, great food and good music - just a few steps away from the vibrant city centre.

The chef of AQUA LUNA offers original dishes for European tastes with a daring mix of culinary traditions. International influences can be found in the AQUA LUNA kitchen – French and Italian classics, Baltic traditional cuisine, Canadian lobster and Chilean perch, Indian mango, and originally served seafood. Fresh products, light and balanced food are the main rules for this cosy restaurant. The menu focuses on modern European cuisine with Asian accents. On Thursdays AQUA LUNA has live music evenings, and on Fridays and Saturdays nights great dance parties. 

Services: 
  • Access for disabled people
  • WC
  • WiFi Internet
  • Banquet service
  • Catering
  • Summer terrace
  • Premises for celebrations
  • Live music
  • Dance floor
  • Working hours: 
    Monday - Sunday12:00

Mālpils Manor is among the most elegant monuments of Classicism found in Vidzeme. On the eve of its 250th anniversary it has reborn once again.

Surrounded by a beautiful landscape, Malpils Manor is located in a small, pleasant town, Mālpils, about 45 km east of Riga. Today Mālpils Manor is not only an outstanding monument of Classicism and a historical museum but also a four-storey luxury design hotel with 24 rooms, a restaurant and premises for celebrating memorable events.

The baroque park, the surrounding natural landscape and other buildings included in the manor complex offer various recreational opportunities. There are tours on ancient-style bicycles to the local dairy plant to taste the renowned Malpils cheese. You can also enjoy romantic boat trips on the pond, country excursions in horse carts, and other interesting activities.

Nowadays the romantic Baroque park of Mālpils Manor has regained its charm – the unusual stillness and tranquility, the purling sound of the pond fountain and the overall atmosphere of antiquity. The manor surroundings accommodate a garden of flowers and aromatic herbs, two fountains, and ponds with blossoming waterlilies. The footpath benches were made from the trees growing in the same park. Baron von Taube’s obelisk has been renovated as well. Various leisure activities are offered: romantic outings in a wooden boat, drinking coffee in a little wooden teashed, walking on the lovers’ bridge.

 

The manor-house was constructed in the 18th century after the order of Baron von Medem. Also the manor’s dry-house, barn and forge have remained today.

Currently the manor is a home for Vilce Elementary School.  The oak planted in 1937 by the president of state K.Ulmanis is growing by the building. For the first time the name of the school in Vilce Parish was mentioned in 1819 when the feudal lord established a school at Vilce Manor to teach reading, writing, calculating and the religion.

Until 1823 the school was attended by 140 children. The education was free. Children learned from the Book of Wisdom by Old Stenders (Vecā Stendera gudrības grāmata), and the teacher received a salary. The parishes of Vilce, Mūrmuiža and Blankenfelde were established in the period of 1820-1822. In 1823 Vilce School was closed, as the parish was unwilling to care for its maintenance alone.