The European Capital of Culture creative space and information center "Esplanāde 2014" will once again open by the Rainis Monument in Esplanāde Park in downtown Rīga for the summer season from May 1, and will stay open until October 5. As in the past, the creative space will host various events each day, while the information center will offer visitors the latest information about European Capital of Culture events in Riga.
Organizers of the European Capital of Culture year have set up "Esplanāde 2014" as a publicly accessible space, hosting creative workshops and presentations of "Riga 2014" cultural projects. The creative information space will also feature events in the genres of theater, film, dance, etc. The "Palace of Light" reading room will be opened in the Esplanāde structure, offering a selection of books and information on functions planned at the new national library building and the modern services the new National Library offers its visitors. A café will also be open, and "Riga 2014" partner "Lattelecom" will ensure free wi-fi points and computers will also be available to the public.
The cultural program will include "Lattelecom" film nights – European films will be shown on Wednesdays, while Latvian films will be screened on Saturdays. Wednesdays will also feature theater and dance, as well as various other performances from different genres. On Fridays, "Esplanāde 2014" will organize live musical performances, while Sundays will be orientated towards families. Various workshops will be held on Saturday mornings as well.
The Latvian town of Sigulda and the Swedish city of Umea, which is the second of the two European Capitals of Culture in 2014, will also introduce several cultural activities taken place in their respective cities to the public in Riga at "Esplanāde 2014". "Esplanāde 2014" will be open from May 1 to October 5 every day from noon to 8:14 p.m., or until the conclusion of a certain event.