Concert “Born in Riga”

Concert “Born in Riga”
Mārtiņš Otto, Rīga 2014
The European Capital of Culture concert “Born in Riga”, that will be performed on a special open-air stage, built at the Latvian National Opera, on Sunday, the 6th of July, will be seen and heard by millions of TV viewers and radio listeners across Europe. It is the first event in Latvia to have such a vast international audience.

The concert “Born in Riga” will be broadcast by the following national TV companies: RSI Switzerland, RTVE Spain, RTVA Andorra, RTVSLO Slovenia, NTCU Ukraine, BNT Bulgaria, YLE Finland, LRT Lithuania and ERR Estonia.

The concert will be aired live by the prestigious culture channel ARTE in co-operation with the Latvian Television – in France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and it will also be available live online for all viewers of ARTE Live.

Taking into consideration the high requirements on the artistic quality of the “Born in Riga” concert’s video recording, Peter Maniura from the BBC is in Riga to oversee the filming of the concert as a multi-camera director.

The Latvian Television will also broadcast the 6th of July concert “Born in Riga” live. The concert will begin at 10 p.m. Likewise, the concert will be aired on the Latvian Radio’s Programmes 1 and 3, preceded by conversations with the organisers and performers starting at 9:35 p.m. 

Finally, the concert will also be shown live on a large screen at the culture chalet “Esplanade 2014” and streamed on the “Riga 2014” culture portal!

As reported, the concert “Born in Riga” will feature world-famous musicians who were born in Latvia – Maija Kovaļevska, Inese Galante, Aleksandrs Antoņenko, Egils Siliņš, Mischa Maisky, Ksenija Sidorova, Baiba Skride, Iveta Apkalna, Vestards Šimkus, Raimonds Pauls, Daniils Bulajevs, and Laima Jansone, as well as the Latvian Radio Choir, State Choir “Latvija” and conductor Māris Sirmais, chamber orchestra “Kremerata Baltica”, and an orchestra set up specifically for the “Born in Riga” project, comprised of the best orchestra musicians in Latvia and Europe.

The orchestra will be conducted by Andris Poga and Māris Sirmais. The idea of the “Born in Riga” concert was proposed by Daina Markova. Stage director - Dāvis Sīmanis, set design by Aigars Ozoliņš.

The “Born in Riga” concert programme offers a broad variety of music and performances by some the most brilliant musicians of Latvia, presenting the most popular compositions created in Riga and the most famous musicians who come from Riga – folk, choir and symphony music, virtuoso instrumentalists and outstanding opera stars. The concert programme includes compositions by Richard Wagner, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Arturs Maskats, Georgs Pelēcis and many other prominent composers from Latvia and the world.

Tickets to the concert are available from “Biļešu serviss” outlets and “Riga 2014” culture chalet “Esplanade 2014”.

“Ekselence”, representing the values of the contemporary Latvian cuisine, is the official ice cream of the concert “Born in Riga” and will treat all visitors to the event with excellent ice-cream desserts.

Another supporter of the concert, the confectionery “Laima” wishes the concert to bring the world the best cultural values of Latvia, and considers it opportunity for the performers to feel once again that they are part of Latvia, and for the audience to realise the richness of the culture of Latvia.

Whereas ERGO, the official insurer of the European Capital of Culture events, provides event cancellation insurance for the “Born in Riga” concert. This is a novelty for Latvia, and is meant to ensure that the concert goers, performers and organisers may feel safe for their investment and contribution, and enjoy the occasion without worrying about bad weather or any other disturbances.

“Audi” and “Volkswagen”, the official cars of “Riga 2014”, will provide transport services for the musicians.

“Lattelecom”, the official partner of the “Riga 2014” Programme, ensures technological support for the “Riga 2014” events, including free WiFi. The technologies offered by “Lattelecom” make it possible to bring cultural values to the general public and to involve everyone in the unique cultural life of the city. There are almost 1,000 free WiFi zones in Riga, making the city Europe’s free WiFi capital.

The European Capital of Culture Programme of Riga is prepared and run by the foundation “Riga 2014” in collaboration with state, municipal and non-governmental cultural organisations and creative associations. The Programme is financed by the Riga City Council, Ministry of Culture and the European Commission.


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