Photo exhibition „The Story of Riga’s Christmas Tree” is open for viewing

On 5th December, with the opening of the exhibition at Riga Town Hall, as well as a festival performance and the switching on of the Christmas Tree in Town Hall Square, the 10th landscape object festival “The way through the Christmas trees” was declared open.

Photos of a number of the most interesting and unusual pieces created for the landscape object festival over previous years are on display at the exhibition “The Story of Riga’s Christmas Tree”.  At the exhibition opening, Guntars Kambars, author of the festival concept, Head of the City Festival Coordination Unit, Riga City Council’s Department of Education, Culture and Sports, spoke of the desire to look back at what had been achieved in previous years, on the 10th anniversary of “The way through the Christmas trees”:

“When looking at the archives, we concluded that over 10 years, many of the art objects have been created using experimental shapes, materials and styles. In the early years, artists gave preference to using natural materials – wood, metal, bricks and glass. Over the years we see that, not only in everyday life, but also in landscape design objects, synthetic materials, audio and visual light effects have been used increasingly. Nowadays, this type of object is used more at festivals.

The photos of the pieces created throughout the history of the festival are unique artistically, both on the part of the author and the photographer’s perspective. These photos are like a treasured family album; looking through it evokes memories and this retrospective viewpoint gives an insight into this unique landscape object festival “The way through the Christmas trees”, currently the only one of its kind in Europe.”

The photo exhibition  “The Story of Riga’s Christmas Tree” can be seen simultaneously at the Town Hall from 6th to 12th December, and at Riga’s Eastern, Northern and Pārdaugava Executive Authorities.  All are welcome!

   RIGA TOWN HALL

Rātslaukums 1

M., T., W., T., F.​

EASTERN EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY

Daugavpils iela 31

M. 8.30-18.00

T., W., T., 8.30-17.00

F. 8.30 - 16.00

NORTHERN EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY

Rūpniecības iela 21

M. 8.30-18.00

T., W., T., 8.30-17.00

F. 8.30 - 16.00

PĀRDAUGAVAS EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY

Eduarda Smiļģa iela 46

M. 8.30-18.00

T., W., T., 8.30-17.00

F. 8.30 - 16.00