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.

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17 Jul - 26 Aug

Exhibitions

Global Center for Latvian Art exhibition

17 Jul - 26 Aug
The Global Center for Latvian Art was created to promote, preserve and exhibit the work of artists who were exiled from Latvia in the wake of the Second World War, as well as other artists of Latvian descent who work primarily outside of Latvia. The Global Center for Latvian Art is located in Cēsis, and this exhibition will be a rare opportunity to view art pieces from the center's collection in Riga.

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31 Aug - 30 Sep

Exhibitions

Photography exhibition: Song and Dance - in Australia and Latvia

31 Aug - 30 Sep
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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17 Sep

Concerts (shows)

Dance group Ritms presents Interpretations, an evening of short dance performances

17 Sep
This contemporary dance performance, put together by professional choreographers, has been inspired by other forms of art - painting, sculpting and cinema. The performance will feature children and teenagers from the Ritms dance studio performing together with professional dancers.

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29 Sep

Concerts (shows)

The SEMA ceremony accompanied by the Sigulda mixed choir Atvars and reed flute – Ney

29 Sep
One of the brightest and unforgettable events of International Festival of Oriental Art and Music "Rumi Fest" is the SEMA ceremony of whirling dervishes and performance of the Sigulda mixed choir “ATVARS”. The audience will see how masterful choral singing of Latvian vocalists merges with the ancient ritual of mystic whirling, how harmonic and pure sound brings everyone the feeling of piece, the feeling of something far beyond the world of everyday ado and routine.

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