Riga – The Baltic Pearl

Riga, the historic capital of Latvia, is the largest city in the Baltic republics and home to one third of the Latvian population. The city lies on the mouth of the Daugava river on the Gulf of Riga. Riga was founded in 1201 and was part of the Hansa League, uniting a series of merchant towns along the North and Baltic Sea. Riga and Latvia later came under the rule of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Sweden and then - after a siege by Tsar Peter the Great - under Russian rule, while keeping many of its former privileges. At the beginning of the 20th century, Riga was the third biggest city in the Russian Empire after St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Latvia became independent in the aftermath of the October Revolution, only to be recaptured twenty years later by the Red Army, followed by the Nazi occupation which lasted three years until
the Red Army reappeared again with Stalin turning Latvia into a Soviet Republic in 1944.

The country gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, but the high population of ethnic Russians in the capital means that Riga today has majority of Russian speakers, making it an
excellent place for studying the Russian language. Latvia joined the European Union in 2004 and since then Riga has become a vibrant hub for businesses operating between Russia and the EU.

Riga’s historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the finest Art Nouveau architecture anywhere in Europe. The Vecriga, the medieval heart of the city, is home to the Town
Hall Square with the iconic House of the Blackheads. On the outskirts of the city lies Jurmala, a wonderful beach resort with beautiful parkland - a great place to escape the busy city centre.

Latvia’s location, in the middle of the Baltic region makes Riga an excellent base for further travels to the other Baltic States, Russia, Belarus or other countries or cities surrounding the Baltic Sea.

Riga, and the Liden & Denz centre welcomes you!

1201 Year of foundation
696 thousand citizens
324 thousand Russian-natives
304 square km
85 sq.km of green space
46 Universities

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Riga Central Market

The students are invited to visit Riga central market. It consists of several pavilions each of it represents one separate food category: meat, milk, fish, vegetables or fruits. The pavilions earlier were used for airships’ needs. We will discover together local food and it will be possible to buy things you like as well as local handicrafts.

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February 21, 2017
3:00 PM
Ends On:
February 21, 2017
5:00 PM
Riga Central Market
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Riga Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

The Museum of Decorative Art and Design (MDAD) has been open to the public since 6 July 1989. The museum has seven collections: textile art, ceramics, metal, leather, decorative wood and glaas art as well as a design collection.

The permanent display introduces visitors to the work of Latvia’s leading artists in decorative art and design. It tells about the dominant styles and movements in the period from the end of the 19th century to the present day. Alongside the permanent display, the museum regularly offers a broad range of exhibitions. Every year there are on average five exhibitions in the museum’s Great Hall. Special thematic shows associated with the permanent display are held in the vestibules on the museum’s upper floors.

When organising exhibitions, the museum makes creative use of its own collections and those of other museums in order to develop the public’s understanding of the history, present and future of decorative applied art and design. When organising exhibitions and educational programmes, the museum collaborates with working artists, designers and partner institutions in Latvia and abroad. IN its operations the museum strives to reflect the current processes in decorative applied art, fashion and design. The museum engages in interdisciplinary experimental projects that promote creative synergies between various branches of art.

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February 23, 2017
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February 23, 2017
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Riga Museum of Decorative Arts and Design
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KGB Museum

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February 24, 2017
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February 24, 2017
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KGB Museum
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