Izbaudi Rīgu

Culture centre "Ziemeļblāzma"

In a half an hour driving distance from the centre of Riga, in the northern part of the city — Vecmīlgrāvis — there is an architectural monument of national scale — culture palace “Ziemeļblāzma” surrounded by a 5 ha large park.

Origins of the culture palace "Ziemeļblāzma" date back to 30 March 1903 when patron Augusts Dombrovskis presented a land plot to the Abstinence Society "Ziemeļblāzma" and promised to look after the maintenance and development of it.

In the middle of the park there is the culture palace "Ziemeļblāzma" that is both of a historical and cultural value and is a unique architectural heritage of the Art Nouveau period. Patron Augusts Dombrovskis was not a professional architect, therefore planning of some rooms and the implemented solutions can be considered rather original.

The first building of the culture palace was built together with establishment of the park, but it was burnt down several years later, therefore to avoid the possibility of repeated burning, wood was used very little for the second time construction works took place.

Notable reconstruction and restoration works have been performed in the culture palace "Ziemeļblāzma" and its 5 ha large park to renew and adapt not only the premises of the culture palace to contemporary requirements, but also to improve, restore and supplement the versatile objects and greenery of the park.

The palace park boasts several ancient objects and some newly established recreation areas. During the restoration works the rotunda and the mushroom have been renewed using the columns of the burnt-down building of the culture palace for their foundations. Alley of vines has been re-established, which initially was of a height to allow a horse cart to ride through during the traditional Children's Festival; the artificial grotto has also been renewed; French-style garden with a fountain, children's playground and multifunctional recreation and sports field have been established. The ancient tea-house with a tower has also been renewed.

You can enjoy a breathtaking view over Riga and the Gulf of the Baltic Sea from the newly-built 35 m high tower featuring a modern elevator.

From the city centre you can reach the park and culture palace "Ziemeļblāzma" by:

  • Bus No. 2 to the bus stop Martas Rinkas Street (direction towards Vecmīlgrāvis)
  • Bus No. 24 to the bus stop Martas Rinkas Street (direction towards Mangaļsala)
  • Electric train from the Riga Central Station to station Ziemeļblāzma (direction towards Carnikava, Saulkrasti or Skulte)
  • Map with directions in PDF can be downloaded here: 

Park territory — open to public daily from 06:00 to 23:00.
Tower — open on weekdays from 10:00 to 20:30, on weekends from 10:00 to 21:30.
Information centre — open on weekdays from 09:00 to 20:00, on weekends from 09:00 to 21:00.
Café — open on weekdays from 12:00 to 20:00, on weekends and holidays from 12:00 to 21:00.

Saistītie pasākumi

08 Mar

Concerts (shows)

Tango Sin Quinto's concert Atgriezties Dienvidos (Return to the South)

08 Mar
The concert will feature a variety of songs in various languages and musical styles - from popular tango hits, to lesser known but riveting ladino style songs. The audience will be able to enjoy songs from Astor Piazzolla's tango-opera Maria de Buenos Aires, the well-known ladino singer-songwriter Yasim Levy, as well as of course beautiful melodies from the French cabaret singer and songwriter Edith Piaf. Also performed will be songs by Maurice Ravel and Richard Galliano, as well as various traditional tango melodies.

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18 Mar

Festivals, Festivities

Ball at Ziemeļblāzma

18 Mar
The annual dance ball has become become an anticipated tradition over the years. Performing at this year's ball will be Diāna Pīrāgs together with the Mirage Jazz Orchestra group. The program will included a wide range of dance styles - foxtrot, rhumba, cha-cha-cha, slow waltz, quickstep, samba, jive, Viennese waltz and tango.

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09 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Operetta Ball at the Savoy

09 Apr
The well-known operetta Ball at the Savoy, written by Paul Abraham, the so-called Gershwin of Europe who was banished from Germany during the Adolf Hitler era, is emerging director Gundars Silakaktiņš' view of the expressive, dynamic and colorful operetta genre, telling a lighthearted tale of a twist of fate faced by a young couple following their honeymoon; here the wife emerges from her husband's shadow to become her own personality.

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16 Apr

Festivals, Festivities

Easter at Ziemeļblāzma Culture Center - Easter Came a Dancing

16 Apr
Performing to the joy of the audience on Easter with a festive atmosphere at the Ziemeļblāzma Culture Center will be the children's folk-dance collective Bitīte, as well as the dance collectives Pērkons and Auda, and the senior dance collective Ziemeļblāzma. Meanwhile, a creative workshop will be organized by the amateur Fine Arts Studio Ziemeļblāzma. Also participating in the event will be the post-folklore musical group Rikši, who will also tell stories about Easter and its traditions- swinging, painting eggs, forecasting the weather, health, beauty, fertility, fun and games, as well as traditions around the home.

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17 Apr

Opera, Ballet

Franz Lehar’s operetta The Merry Widow

17 Apr
This performance is about love – that love is what is most important. Only love can save the nation from bankruptcy and the world from madness. We can do anything for love, but the most important is that without it, there is no meaning to anything anymore. And, of course, there will be music! Popular and beautiful music, which delights listeners all over the world. The famous Placido Domingo even concluded many of his concerts with Hanna and Danilo’s love duet Silent Lips from The Merry Widow.

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19 Apr

Concerts (shows)

Chris Noah in concert this spring

19 Apr
Krists Indrišonoks, better know by his stage name Chris Noah, is a singer and songwriter from Riga. Thanks to his father, Noah began concentrating on music when he was 13 years old. Krists has graduated music school and performed at various smaller events, but became better know to the wider public in 2015 thanks to his hit Had It All, which quickly became popular.

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