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Vidzeme concerthall "Cēsis"

The Vidzeme concert hall “Cēsis” was opened in the spring of 2014. The historical elements of the concert hall co-exist harmoniously with the contemporary ones. The architectural image of the concert hall was created by restoring the old Cēsis Community Building and adding some contemporary architectural forms to it.

The acoustic Great Hall with 800 seats, Chamber Hall, Organ Hall, Cinema Hall and Exhibition Hall are at the visitors’ disposal.  The building also includes a restaurant and a bar.

Active cultural life takes place in the concert hall “Cēsis” – concerts of highly professional artists, performances of professional theatre companies, art exhibitions and film screenings. The infrastructure of the building is ideal for organizing conferences, seminars and social events.

It is possible to apply for a tour, during which there is an opportunity to get acquainted with the concert hall “Cēsis” from the point of view of both cultural and contemporary aspects. During the visit, you can not only walk through the corridors of the concert hall, but also look at the scene from the perspective of projector light and enjoy a unique panorama and unforgettable view of the entire town. The tour is available for groups of at least 10 people and its duration is approximately 1 hour. The tours take place in Latvian, Russian, English and German.

www.cesukoncertzale.lv

 

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Art gallery INSIGNIA

In the premises of the concert hall “Cēsis”, the Art gallery “INSIGNIA” is located, where the works of both Latvian and foreign artists are consistently exhibited. Visitors have an opportunity to purchase the exhibited works of art.

The gallery is supported by the car manufacturer OPEL and Auto Blitz, its authorized dealer centre in Latvia.

www.cesukoncertzale.lv

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Cēsis Exhibition hall

Cēsis Exhibition Hall is unique with its architectural design of the premises. An expressive architectural style, composed of impressive woodwork rooms provide an opportunity to organize various exhibitions, and excellent acoustics allows to organize concerts of academic music. Due to the wide variety of exhibitions, concerts and other social events, the Exhibition Hall fits in the cultural processes of Cēsis, Latvia and worldwide.

The present appearance of the stables and the cart-house of the Cēsis Manor emerged after a restructure in the first half of the 19th century in the free form of late classicism. The building was erected to provide stables for the horses of the lords and of the guests in the local inn, as well as the cart-house in which wheels and carriages were stored. The building lost its original function of the stables and the cart-house in the early 1920’s, when it was transferred to the 8th Daugavpils infantry regiment of the Latvian army. During subsequent decades the building was transformed into a warehouse and garages. In 1985 after the reconstruction of this building the Exhibition Hall was located here.

www.cesupils.lv

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Family house of sculptors Jansons “Siļķes”

“Siļķes” – family house of sculptors Jansons for two hundred years (the surrounding history since the 14th century). The place where the sculptor Matiass Jansons (1973) lives and works. In this place, in the two sculpture workshops of the family house “Siļķes”, his grandfather Kārlis Jansons (1896-1986) and his parents Andrejs Jansons (1937-2006) and Maija Baltiņa (1941) created their excellent works.

The sculptures made by them can be viewed in many towns of Latvia and abroad. For many years, summer practice activities organized by Sculpture department in Art academy of Latvia took place here. This is the place for sculpture workshops, symposiums and art studios. An open-air sculpture garden is located here.

Dzirnavu iela 33, Cēsis

+371 29124876, +371 26498912

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The Global Center for Latvian Art

The Global Center for Latvian Art (PLMC) 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.

www.latviandiasporaart.org

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Cēsis Art festival

During the contemporary Cēsis Art Festival you can visit several tens of visual art, music, theater, film and dance events. Cēsis Art Festival is one of Cēsis' popular cultural events. The festival has also become an important sign of Latvian culture and is known in Europe as well.

The program of the festival includes a diverse variety of artistic activities – visual art exhibitions, classical music concerts, along with a variety of performances, discussions, films, theater and opera performances.

The festival takes place in important and interesting cultural and historical buildings and urban areas – Cēsis Castle Park, the Old Brewery, Cēsis Castle Barn (or Cēsis New Castle Barn), Vidzemes regional concert hall “Cēsis” and St. John’s Church.

Every year the festival program marks a thematic direction – the art of Nordic countries, opposites of classical and contemporary arts, gastronomy – each time surprise performances from various artists are made for visitors’ enjoyment.

Participants of Cēsis Art Festival are recognized authorities of their fields of art, among whom you will see the American avant-garde film artist Jonas Mekas, the internationally famous group “Instrumenti”, opera diva Inese Galante, conductor Kaspars Birdie, Latvian Radio Choir, accordionist Ksenija Sidorova and many other Latvian and foreign artists.

www.cesufestivals.lv

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Art Space “Mala”

Art Space "Mala" works as an art gallery, Latvian design shop, cafe, book-reading place and platform for cultural events.

www.facebook.com/telpamala

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Rucka Artist Residency

Owners aim was to create a place where they would like to work and where others would like to come and work on their projects.

www.rucka.lv

 

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Science, Art and Gastronomy Centre“Brūzis”

Cēsis Brewery that was built in 1878 is a national cultural monument, representing a unique industrial heritage of the 18th, 19th and 20th century.

Currently, it is owned by the Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES). IES’s plan for the brewery complex is to develop Science, Art and Gastronomy Centre. It will be the platform for scientists, artists, chefs and other specialists to collaborate and address environmental issues.

Open events provided by the Brewery complex: JCE biennale exhibition; RTU International summer school of architects; Pop-up eatery “Brūzis Reconstruction Site”; European Researchers’ Night 2016; annual Cēsis Art Festival, Gastronomic performances etc.

www.videsinstituts.lv/lv/bruzis/par-bruzi

 

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Ungurmuiža Manor

Ungurmuiža manor house ensemble with the Baroque style manor house is the only architectural monument of the 18th century wooden baroque buildings preserved in Latvia. The unique Latvian baroque style wooden building with its one-off wall-paintings heartily welcomes visitors.

The special atmosphere of the Ungurmuiža will affect everyone – art and nature lovers, historians… This is a place for romantic walks, celebrations, or family leisure activities; this is the place where old oaks and lindens tell stories about the centuries long relationships between nature and human beings and give blessing to next generations.

Concerts in summers that gather hundreds of viewers who enjoy classical music in the open air at the atmosphere of the park had become a tradition. In the wintertime, in evenings, visitors are welcome to spend time at the traditional small music venues of Ungurmuiža; besides it is possible to see the Latvian artists’ works at the exhibition hall.

www.ungurmuiza.lv

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Contacts

Cēsis Tourism information center

Pils laukums 9, Cēsis

Latvia, LV-4101

Tel. +371 64121815, +371 28318318

info@cesis.lv

From 1st of October to 30th of April

Monday closed

Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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