“Riga 2014” to Hand over the Baton to Plzeň and Mons

“Riga 2014” to Hand over the Baton to Plzeň and Mons
Mārtiņš Otto, Riga 2014
The European Capital of Culture year in Riga is coming to a close, and the city will hand over the title to the European Capitals of Culture in 2015 – the Czech city of Plzeň and the Belgian city of Mons. In these cities, the European Capital of Culture year will start on the 17th and 24th of January respectively.

“It is Rigans and all residents of Latvia who make Riga the European Capital of Culture, and this year all of us have been cultural workers in one way or another. As the year of 2014 is coming to a close, I wish say THANK YOU to every resident of Latvia! I thank you for participation and active involvement in shaping the events taking place in the European Capital of Culture. The “Riga 2014” project is not over, the title of the European Capital of Culture now goes to the next cities to confirm the importance of culture and the great positivity it carries,” says the Head of the “Riga 2014” foundation, Diāna Čivle.

The foundation “Riga 2014” has suggested a new tradition – nominating a city in Latvia for the title of the Latvian Capital of Culture every year.

This would not only give positive impulse to some city in a particular region of Latvia, but also ensure development of successful cultural projects, prompt the number of local and foreign tourists visiting the region, and also contribute to the economic development of Latvia. Sigulda, the partner city of “Riga 2014” this year, is one such example – the city’s special cultural programme brought more tourists and elevated the cultural life in the entire region to a new quality.

Many of the European Capital of Culture events will continue into 2015. Exhibition of Latvian design objects “Earthworks” will be on show at the design salon “Xcelsior” (Kalnciema iela 37) until the 10th of January, and artist Aija Bley’s solo exhibition “Love Stories” will run until the 14th of January at the Riga Art Space. Exhibition “Surprising Lace” will be on display in St. Peter’s Church until the 18th of January, and exhibition “The Amber of Tutankhamun” at the Art Museum Riga Bourse will run until the 25th of January. The impressive exhibition “Le plan du film and Other Scenarios” by the French contemporary art icon ORLAN, also part of the “Riga 2014” Programme, will continue until the 31st of January.

Several projects that started as part of the European Capital of Culture programme will continue during the first part of 2015 when Latvia will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Exhibition “1514. The Book. 2014” will be on show at the new Latvian National Library building, and a major exhibition dedicated to amber, “Amber – the Precious Stone of the Baltic Sea” will be on show at the Latvian National Museum of Art until the 1st of March. Exhibition “Film Trophies” will run until the 5th of April at the Riga Film Museum, whereas exhibition “Amber through the Ages” will be on show at the Latvian Museum of Natural History. Finally, one of the most memorable musical events closing the year of 2014, Artūrs Maskats’ opera “Valentina” will be staged at the Berlin State Opera in May 2015.

The “Riga 2014” foundation and its artistic council thank all those who helped create and organise all the projects, events, creative and civic initiatives in the “Riga 2014” Programme, and co-operation partners for their contribution to implementation of the “Riga 2014” Programme.

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, and offered to the public in partnership with “Lattelecom”, which also provides technical support for the Programme.


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