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VEF Culture Palace

VEF Culture Palace is among the most interesting venues in uptown Riga. The building was constructed in 1960 and since then it has served as a venue for various cultural events - international meetings, congresses and art exhibitions, as well as performances of well-known foreign artists and local theatre companies. Various events are presented here also today.

VEF Culture Palace has always been the largest cultural institution in Latvia, housing many artistic groups and studios (now 48), and countless events. The building was named after the State Electrical Engineering Factory (VEF - Valsts Elektrotehniskā fabrika), which was one of the biggest companies in the country until the late 20th century. The premises hold concerts, exhibitions, conferences, anniversary celebrations, graduation ceremonies, guest performances, etc., with services by VEF artistic groups also offered. The Palace has two theatres. The main one has 502 seats in the orchestra and 338 seats in the balcony; 32 additional seats are also available. The stage with a movable disk is 14 metres wide, 14 metres deep and 11 metres high. The Chamber Hall has a small stage, its seating capacity is 300 to 400. It can hold concerts, parties, balls, dance competitions, workshops, lectures, congresses, and other events. The foyer (305 m2) with a balcony can also be used for exhibitions, parties, concerts and balls. Two cafes (75m2 and 132m2) are also available here.

Saistītie pasākumi

17 Oct

Concerts (classical)

Dutch pianist Michiel Borstlap in concert

17 Oct
A true gift for music lovers - a solo concert by Dutch composer and pianist Michiel Borstlap, where the audience will be able to get acquainted with the musician's diverse talents. He is a jazz virtuoso, as well as a master in both classical music and popular music. All of his composition are melodic with a touch of energy, charisma and jazz.

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25 Oct

Concerts (classical)

Sinfonietta Riga orchestra and cellist Matthew Barley

25 Oct
The Sinfonietta Riga chamber orchestra together with the virtuoso cellist Matthew Barley (Great Britain) will perform a concert program featuring the famous Austrian composer Heinz Karl Gruber's Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestras, known as one of the world's most difficult cello concertos. Also performed will be music from the young and talented Latvian composers Jēkabs Jančevskis, as well as American John Adam's piece Fearful Symmetries together with a silent film by Jérôme Bosc called Buster created especially for this composition.

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27 Oct

Concerts (shows)

New music festival "Arena". "Texture of Groove"

27 Oct
Biographies and creative work of authors of this music reflect multicultural features of Argentina, Israel and America, also the famous IRCAM in Paris and London. The two Latvian percussionists who have forged their skills not only in Latvia, but also with outstanding teachers in Russia, Austria, France, Belgium and Germany are able to move the audience and dazzle the jury near and far.

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30 Aug - 30 Oct

Exhibitions

Photography exhibition: Song and Dance - in Australia and Latvia

30 Aug - 30 Oct
In cooperation with the local photography association of Riga's sister city in Australia - Cairns, the VEF Palace of Culture's photo studio RIGA and RVR are organizing a joint exhibition featuring 60 photographs which show various aspects of song and dance around the world.

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30 Oct

Concerts (classical)

Chamber music cycle Come Prima program - Altera Shock

30 Oct
Two instrumental ensembles, who have proven themselves with their high professionalism and temperamental performances, earning them much sympathies from the audience. Both ensembles share an interesting arrangement of musicians and instruments - piano, cello, percussion (Art-i-Shock), or kokle, accordion, and flute (Alter Veritas). The concert will feature a completely new concert program, where the first premier of five new compositions will also be performed.

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05 Nov - 09 Dec

Exhibitions

Solo exhibition - Jurģis Skulme 90

05 Nov - 09 Dec
Painter, art expert, publicist and teacher Jurģis Skulme (13.11.1928.-25.02.2015) has a special place in the Latvian painting scene, who has also made great contributions in art sciences and its development. Honoring Skulme's diverse creative work throughout his great life, the VEF Palace of Culture will host a solo-exhibition on the artist's anniversary.

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10 Nov

Concerts (shows)

Lāčplēsis Day midnight concert

10 Nov
Lāčplēsis Day this year in Riga will be rung in with a bang as the legendary Latvian folk-metal group Skyforger will perform a night concert at the VEF Palace of Culture at the stroke of midnight. Light and video installations will depict Latvian history and decisive battles, while the bonfire at the entrance of the venue will symbolize the atmosphere during the independence battles and remind visitors of Latvia's torch carrying and candle lighting traditions.

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21 Nov

Concerts (classical)

Chamber music cycle "Come Prima" program - Dark Night

21 Nov
Musicians' union "Trio con brio" is characterized by contemporary and acoustically powerful instruments and music representing different genres. A new acoustic concert program has been developed in cooperation with the most active composers, honoring the role of the Latvian traditional folk song in the 21st century - new new composers bring the folk song analogies into modern interpretations, new musical patterns, arrangements, impressions.

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11 Dec - 29 Dec

Exhibitions

Textile mosaic exhibition - When the Star Shines in the Sky

11 Dec - 29 Dec
The year-end is a time of reflection - a time to take a breather, look back at the previous year and also listen. This is a time when the soul strives for something bright, something unprecedented and something noble. This exhibition, organized by the Latvian Quilt Association, will certainly be a joyful one for textile mosaic experts, as well as those attending for the first time.

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22 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Iļģi - winter solstice night concert

22 Dec
During the winter solstice, which is the year's shortest day and longest night, the VEF Palace of Culture invites music lovers to attend its Winter Solstice concert. The Latvian post-folk group Iļģi will perform a special concert, featuring many of its greatest hits based on traditional Latvian melodies.

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