We are the Association of Culture Institutions of Riga City Council overseeing 10 culture organizations:
We organize large scale events in Riga enriching the culture life of the inhabitants and the guests of the city. We preserve the historical heritage of the city's three most outstanding architectural monuments, ensuring their development and making them accessible to the general public. In the meantime the monuments are platforms for ongoing cultural activities and a home for amateur groups.
Come and visit the architectural pearl - the Concert Hall AVE SOL famous for its acoustical sound, the home for the legendary Riga Chamber Choir AVE SOL. The building was built from 1780-1785 as a St. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church. It is considered to be one of the best representations of the classicism style in Riga. The church is located in the former territory of the city's citadel (military part of the city) built in the middle of the 17th century.
Riga Citadel Russian St Peter and Pavel Church, 1790
Latvian Academic Library, Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts, J.C. Brotze.
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Over many years the core value of the Culture palace ZIEMEĻBLĀZMA has been the ongoing support of the amateur artist groups, cooperation of other culture centers in Riga, as well as in Latvia. The amateur artist groups have taken part in events organized by Riga municipality, as well as actively participated in international festivals and exchange programmes, representing various generations and nationalities.
In 2013 the culture palace celebrates its 100thanniversary, but just two years ago, the technical condition of the building was very poor, therefore, reconstruction and restoration was started. The center, park and the surrounding historical monuments were renovated in order to flourish in full glory for the 100thanniversary of the culture palace, rich in its tradition. The surrounding park, as well as the historical objects, have been renovated in accordance with the approved reconstruction project while preserving the palace's historical value and architectural artistic uniqueness. The building is located in the park territory dating back to the year 1904.
Historically ZIEMEĻBLĀZMA culture palace was built for the needs of the Mīlgrāvja Abstinence Society and up to this day the culture center cooperates with the members of the Society providing premises for the Society's activities. These traditions are preserved also in the post reconstruction period. The modernized rooms of the culture center located on the first floor also serve as the ZIEMEĻBLĀZMA library branch of the Riga Central Library.
Riga St. Peter’s Church - the tallest peak in Riga, is one of the oldest and most valuable monuments of medieval architecture in the Baltic States. It is located in the historical center of Riga and in 1997 was included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. The church hall is used for exhibitions and concerts. You are welcome to visit the tower of the church offering breathtaking views of the medieval and modern Riga, the river Daugava with its spacious harbor and the Gulf of Riga.
The Association oversees three museums. Therefore, a great part of our daily activities is devoted to researching, promoting, and preserving the historical heritage of Riga museums.
You are welcome to visit the museum “Riga Art Nouveau Centre” imagining the everyday life of a Riga inhabitant in the beginning of the 20th century. The museum building at Alberta street 12 was constructed in 1903 as a private house of architect Konstantins Peksens. The museum depicts the authentic interior of 1903. It offers monthly social events, educational tours and lectures, as well as new exhibits.
Visiting the Riga Porcelain Museum you will find the broadest collection of manufactured porcelain in Riga. The collection offers porcelain from the Sidor Kuznetsov's factory founded in 1841, production of faience crockery, production from Jacob Jessen's porcelain factory founded in 1886, as well as porcelain from the Riga porcelain factory. The museum offers monthly porcelain exhibits. At the weekends visitors are welcome to participate in the workshops of porcelain making and painting.
Aleksandrs Caks Memorial Museum is the last residence of the outstanding poet Aleksandrs Caks. He resided in the apartment from 1937 up until his death in 1950. A museum visitor is surrounded by the authenticity of the time. It is a place where the world known writer, the founder of the modern Latvian poetry, lived and wrote about the city, feelings, senses, and women. The museum regularly offers poetry reading and various music events.
Riga Art Space is a unique art scene in the very heart of Riga under the City Hall Square – a venue for the recent and modern art, beauty, surprise, reflection, music and learning both locally and internationally.
The culture life of inhabitants of Pardaugava district is enriched by the culture centers IĻĢUCIEMS and IMANTA.
Our culture centers offer a wide variety of activities. If you are interested in singing, dancing or in acquiring craft skills, you are welcome to participate in our amateur groups. Please find more information about the culture events and amateur groups on the home pages of the particular culture centers.
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The Association of Culture Institutions of Riga City Council is a subject to the Riga City Council Culture Department, and it is financed by the Riga City.