Get to know cultural heritage of Latvia and have a high class shopping at one place

The shopping centre Galerija Centrs, is located in the heart of RigaOld Town. It offers a varied program of exhibitions to the guests of the city during this summer.

Thanks to the project “Galerija Centrs – the Ambassador of Culture and Art 2010” there will be four exhibitions hold at the shopping centre Galerija Centrs during this summer. Inhabitants and guests of Riga will have unique opportunity to get acquainted with the works of famous Latvia’s young generation artist Sergey Djomin. You can study about the traditions of Latvian Song and Dance Celebrations, recognized as a treasure of culture by UNESCO. It will be interesting find out more about Latvian opera and ballet stars that started their professional careers on the stage of Latvia’s National Opera but are well-known abroad, too. At last, photo exhibition showing the Riga’s Art Nouveau architecture take place here..

Zita Silina, the manager of Galerija Centrs, says that those exhibitions are added value to the process of shopping. “We are truly happy to enlighten our city guests with important traditions of our culture and art, as well as to offer intellectual enjoyment while they are shopping”, emphasizes Zita Silina.

Till the 22nd July guests of Riga are welcome to enjoy colourful and emotional photo evidences at “Latvian Cultural Heritage – Song and Dance Celebration”. Non-Latvians may find it hard to comprehend the importance of the Latvian Song and Dance Festival which takes place in Riga once every five years, and takes over the hearts and minds of the entire nation. The simple fact is that the festival is inextricably bound with Latvia's very identity. Authors of the exhibition are the most remarkable photographers of Latvia.

Next exhibition “Stars of the Latvian National Opera and Ballet” will take place from the end of July and will present time testimonies immortalized in the photos of the brightest personalities and unmatched talents who grew up in our white house – Liepu family, Mihail Baryshnikov, Inese Galante, Alexander Antonenko, Elina Garanca, Maija Kovalevska, Andris Nelsons and others. Latvia's National Opera and Ballet have been world famous in all times. We are very proud of widespread international recognition of our opera run by Andrejs Zagars.

The last exhibition of this season within the project “Galerija Centrs – the Ambassador of Culture and Art 2010” will be “Art Nouveau in architecture of Riga”. This architectural style is peculiar for the centre of Riga as almost every second building is done in the amazing style of Art Nouveau, much more than in any other city in the world. It is easy to notice buildings of Art Nouveau because of their original, expressive and imaginative arabesque decorations. This exhibition will give unique chance to see closer the overview of buildings and details of Art Nouveau that can be easily missed when you pass by.

“With the help of these exhibitions we want to show Riga’s guests our national treasures that we are proud of and that brings name of Latvia to the world”, says Zita Silina, the manager of Galerija Centrs.

The harmony and elegance-filled Galerija Centrs has been a shopping and meeting place favoured by the residents and visitors of Riga for almost a century. The most contemporary gallery of fashion goods, offering globally recognised brands and a harmonious shopping atmosphere is among the most historically significant buildings in Riga and has successfully functioned as shopping centre since 1938. Over time, this shopping centre has always preserved its special status as a symbol of Riga’s social life.

Event dates:

01.07. – 22.07.2010. Latvian Culture Heritage - Song and Dance Celebration

22.07. – 12.08.2010 Stars of THE Latvian National Opera and Ballet

12.08. – 02.09.2010 Art Nouveau IN ARCHITECTURE of RIGa

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