Izbaudi Rīgu

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

15 May - 17 Jun

Exhibitions

Exhibition - Hell's Kitchen: New York-Latvia

15 May - 17 Jun
A historical and cultural exposition, which acquaints the viewer with a group of exiled Latvian artists in New York's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in the 1950s and 60s. The exhibition will reveal interesting and lesser known facts, as well as testimonies, art pieces and various items from the artists' personal archives.

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19 Jun - 15 Jul

Exhibitions

Photo studio Rīga exhibition - Song and Dance Festival

19 Jun - 15 Jul
A retrospective photo exhibition by member of the photography club, where moments from Song and Dance Festivals from the past have been captured - choirs performing on the grand stage, chief conductors Imants and Gvido Kokars, grand dance performances at the Daugava Stadium, the festival procession, moments between performances, festival atmosphere, as well as the joy and emotions of festival participants.

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27 Jun

Concerts (shows)

VEF Jazz club. Adams Ben Ezra and the ensemble Hejira

27 Jun
A jazz concert featuring the double-bass virtuoso, multi-instrumentalist and online sensation Adam Ben Ezra, whose Youtube account has more than seven million views. The second part of the concert will feature the multinational musical collective Hejira. The interpretations of these musicians include influences of the cultural and musical heritage of Ethiopia, Chile, Germany and Hungary, which is the musical tastes developed in the musicians' home city of London

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