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Small Guild

The Old Town's Small Guild is used for concerts, conferences, presentations, meetings, celebratory gatherings and balls.

Riga Small Guild or the Guild of St. John (Die Kleine Gilde zu Riga, Sankt-Johannis-Gilde) was a fraternity of master craftsmen that existed from 1352 to 1936, when the Chamber of Crafts was founded.

The interior of the Small Guild is noteworthy and abundant. The hall, lobby and staircase floors are lined with terrazzo mosaics. All windows of the house have artistic colourful stained glass, specifically made and ordered from Hanover. Pointed tree fringes of the door and window boxes are embellished with painted instructive aphorisms and sayings in Gothic letters.

The Small Guild existed alongside the Great Guild Hall, or the St. Mary’s Guild (located right opposite the Small Guild), which joined together the Riga merchants, and later also writers.

Renovation and restoration of the Small Guild was carried out from 1999 to 2000. The entire finish of the Small Guild was restored according to the documents and photographs of the 19th century.

Today, the Small Guild is used for festive events, business meetings, conferences, presentations, balls and concerts.

The old craftsmen house now operates as a cultural and folk art centre, which is inhabited by a variety of cultural organisations – children’s, youth and senior amateur groups, vocal ensembles, popular applied arts and fine arts studios, amateur theatres, instrumental bands and a folklore group.

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12 Oct

Concerts (classical)

Autumn Chamber Music Festival. An evening of sonatas. Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin

12 Oct

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13 Oct

Festivals, Festivities

Ball at the Small Guild

08 Sep - 08 Dec
Ballroom dancing – these are dances for people who like to and want to dance. It is a beautiful and cultured way of relaxing, of enjoying your leisure time. On the second Saturday of each month, the Small Guild hosts themed balls, with a dance orchestra playing with a special guest.

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17 Oct

Concerts (classical)

Autumn Chamber Music Festival. Mozart,Mendelssohn and Vasks

17 Oct

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10 Nov

Festivals, Festivities

Ball at the Small Guild

08 Sep - 08 Dec
Ballroom dancing – these are dances for people who like to and want to dance. It is a beautiful and cultured way of relaxing, of enjoying your leisure time. On the second Saturday of each month, the Small Guild hosts themed balls, with a dance orchestra playing with a special guest.

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13 Nov

Concerts (classical)

18th International Bach Chamber Music Festival. Opening concert - European Union Baroque Orchestra.

13 Nov
The European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) gathers musicians from throughout the EU with the aim of gaining musical experience and inspiration under the guidance of some of the world's greatest musical specialists. In 2018, under the guidance of Music Director Lars Ulrik Mortensen and guest directors Bojan Cicic and Amandine Beyer, EUBO will perform throughout the EU, including the Bach Festival in Riga.

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25 Nov

Concerts (classical)

18th Bach Chamber Music Festival. Canto Fiorito (Lithuania), Musica Antiqua Salzburg (Austria).

25 Nov
In honor of Lithuania's centenary, a unique early music project called The Hanseatic Way: A Musical Journey Through a Shared Past has been created. The project is performed by the Lithuanian ensemble Canto Fiorito, with its artistic leader Rodrigo Calveyra, a renown cornett and recorder player from Brazil, and the Austrian early music ensemble Musica Antiqua Salzburg, the main early music collective of this city.

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04 Dec

Concerts (classical)

18th Bach Chamber Music Festival. Finnish Baroque Orchestra (FiBO), Myriam Arbouz (soprano, France).

04 Dec
New commissions for period instruments, fresh interpretations of old repertoire, courageous and innovative working methods, unique concepts that engage a diverse audience – FiBO offers all this while being an influential force in the Nordic cultural scene.

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08 Dec

Festivals, Festivities

Ball at the Small Guild

08 Sep - 08 Dec
Ballroom dancing – these are dances for people who like to and want to dance. It is a beautiful and cultured way of relaxing, of enjoying your leisure time. On the second Saturday of each month, the Small Guild hosts themed balls, with a dance orchestra playing with a special guest.

Read more