On 11 January, Sunday, at the Turaida Castle Museum, the opening celebration of the special facsimile edition “The renewed festival and garment statute of the honorary town council or Riga – the royal city of Vidzeme” (year 1593) took place. This was one of the official pre-opening events of the year 2014 programme in Sigulda – the official “Rīga 2014” partner city.
The makers and publishers of this edition gathered at the Turaida Castle Museum, together with special guests from the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Latvian Academy of Art, Institute of Latvian History, as well as others. The event was also attended by Dace Melnbārde, the Minister for Culture, as well as the Head of Foundation “Rīga 2014” Diāna Čivle and the head of the programme Aiva Rozenberga.
Light was “shed” during the event, candle and light walk to the Turaida Castle, accompanied by choir singing, light fires, marking the beginning of the 800th anniversary of Turaida Castle, while guests were introduced to renaissance dance by representatives of the Bauska Castle Museum.