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Ziemeļrīgas Kultūras Apvienība

Culture Association of Northern Riga

Riga, Latvia

The Northern Administrative Territory of the city of Riga is home to three major cultural sites – the VEF Culture Palace, the Culture Palace ZIEMEĻBLĀZMA and the MEŽAPARKS GRAND BANDSTAND. All these cultural spaces are of special importance for the cultural life of Latvia – each has its own cultural, historical and architectonic value, which amalgamate into a single historical narrative, from the age of Art Nouveau and to this day, transforming and remoulding, but unfailingly preserving the mission of each of these cultural sites and playing an essential role in shaping the image of Riga, the capital of Latvia, on an international scale. The Culture Palace ZIEMEĻBLĀZMA and the MEŽAPARKS GRAND BANDSTAND have been brought into a single ensemble with the VEF Culture Palace on August 17, 2021, and as the administrative operations of these 3 facilities were being bundled together, the Riga Municipal Institution THE CULTURE ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN RIGA has been founded. Considering the historical importance and content of each of these cultural sites, further operations thereof focus at the conceptual implementation of a common strategic vision, whilst bringing forward, accentuating and inter-synthesising such values as HISTORY, MODERNITY AND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY.


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  • Socio-cultural activities and cultural mediation
  • Artistic production/promotion
  • Project management
  • Event management
  • Information/awareness-raising
  • Internationalisation and mobility

Artistic disciplines

  • Theatre
  • Music
  • Circus art/clowning
  • Dance
  • Opera
  • Amateur arts
  • Development of alternative art practices
  • Painting/drawing
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Crafts

Topics covered

  • Intergenerational relations and ageing
  • Participation and audience engagement
  • Tangible cultural heritage
  • Intangible cultural heritage
  • Tourism