Ulyana Lopatkina, a star from Mariinsky Theatre, on the stage of the LNO
Skonto Būve takes part in Riga Castle reconstruction
Christmas tree from Skonto Būve – a gift for Riga’s residents and guests
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Ulyana Lopatkina, a star from Mariinsky Theatre, on the stage of the LNO

A ballet performance of “Carmen. 5 Tangos” will be introduced for the first time on the stage of the Latvian National Opera (the LNO) with the world-famous prima ballerina Ulyana Lopatkina from the Mariinsky Theatre in the starring role.

Aivars Leimanis, the Artistic Director of the Latvian National Ballet, emphasised during the press conference for the premiere that a project of such a scale would not be possible without the support of the patron of the Latvian National Ballet – Skonto Būve.

In his turn, Guntis Rāvis, Chairman of the Board of Skonto Būve, pointed out that “The Latvian National Ballet is a positive statement for the competitiveness of Latvia and its inhabitants not only in the European but also global context. It is a pleasure that the artists of Latvian ballet are shining stars both on the stages of other countries, and also pamper the Latvian audience here in Riga by creating performances together with world-class ballet stars".

Skonto Būve takes part in Riga Castle reconstruction

In the presence of ex-presidents Guntis Ulmanis and Valdis Zatlers, the reconstruction and restoration of Riga’s first building – Riga Castle was symbolically started. The construction works will be carried out by SBRE, which is a union of Skonto Būve and Re&Re.

 As a gift from the commissioning party Real Estate Latvia (VNĪ), the builders got a set of tools for polishing gold incrustations, in return they gave the commissioner a sandglass, symbolising the starting time of the project.

Wide scale complicated repair works are about to be carried out on Riga Castle, starting with the basement fortification and ending with interior restoration.  The frontal part of the castle will serve the needs of the Chancery of the President; it consists of several rooms, such as the White Hall, Celebration Hall and others, which are currently in critical condition and out of use. The total area of Riga Castle’s frontal part to be repaired is 8 688 m2, the total area of the East wing is 1 671.3 m2. The total  area undergoing reconstruction is 10 359.3m2.

Christmas tree from Skonto Būve – a gift for Riga’s residents and guests

This is the fifth consecutive season that Skonto Būve lights a Christmas tree – folk style Riga Roster’s Fir Tree in front of the Cabinet of Ministers on the corner of Brivibas Boulevard. The tree is decorated with 10 000 electric light bulbs and 800 ornamental balls.   

Riga Roster’s Fir Treeis a folk style Christmas tree in the centre of Riga. It is 12 meters high, and 5 meters in diameter. It was decorated with 800 red ornamental balls and 10 000 electric light bulbs with a total coverage of 43 square meters.

Following last year’s tradition, the Christmas tree is decorated in Latvian folk style spirit; this year a winding wave’s ornament is used as a motive. This is one of the oldest Latvian graphical signs, and one of the basic elements of the geometrical ornament. The ancient motive, which was used when decorating household items and clothes, has now been brought into the Christmas tree design, and till the end of the festival will bring warmth to all hearts.