Skonto Būve organised Ballet Celebration at the LNO
Andris Bērziņš, the President of Latvia, and construction company Skonto Būve choose the theme song of Big Clean-up Day
Has finished “Skonto Būve” sponsored competition “Baltic Hoop 2012”
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Skonto Būve organised Ballet Celebration at the LNO

The Ballet Celebration event, which was organised by the patron of the Latvian National Ballet - Skonto Būve, was held In Latvian National Opera. The visitors had an opportunity to get acquainted with the new Latvian National Ballet dancers - Alise Prudāne, Jolanta Lubēja, Ieva Rācene, Evelīna Godunova and Aleksandrs Osadčijs, as well as enjoy an exciting lecture of musicologist Mikus Čeže about the history of ballet in Latvia. 

Aivars Leimanis, Artistic Director of the LatvianNational Ballet: “Without the support of Skonto Būve  the Latvian National Ballet would not be able to hold many great events. Currently in our troupe we have nine ballerinas who can dance leading roles and this creates the necessity for new performances. The support of the Skonto Būve gives us a chance to create more and more interesting choreographies for our powerful troupe to express itself.” 

Andrejs Žagars,Director of the LatvianNational Opera: “At the moment, our LatvianNational Ballettroupe is at a professionally very high level, it can perform really complicated tasks, such as Bayadera of Ludwig Minkus, which is currently being staged. With the support of Skonto Būve, the LatvianNational Ballethas reached high standards and will do even more in future.” 

Guntis Rāvis, Skonto Būve Chairman of the Board: “The initiative to support the LatvianNational Ballettroupe has become a tradition and it will be continued. We build cities, but the artists and the culture bring them to life. Therefore, with great satisfaction, Skonto Būve helps the ballet troupe to grow professionally, stage new performances, goon tours and discover new Latvian ballet stars."

During the last years the LatvianNational Ballettroupe has been replenished by several young talented ballet artists and reached so high of an artistic level to stage a performance Bayadera for the first time in Latvian National Ballet’s history. This is the only one of the big classical ballets which so far had never been staged in Riga.

Andris Bērziņš, the President of Latvia, and construction company Skonto Būve choose the theme song of Big Clean-up Day

On Friday, March 23, Skonto Būve Ltd. together with the newly appointed patron of Lielā Talka (Big Clean-up Day), the President of Latvia, Andris Bērziņš, participated in the meeting of the Big Clean-up Day coordinators in the Great Hall of the University of Latvia. The theme song of Big Clean-up Day - Tumša Nakte, Zaļa Zāle (The Dark Night, the Green Grass) was selected during the meeting.

Andris Bērziņš, the President of Latvia and the patron of Big Clean-up Day: "The countryside of Latvia has become tidier, but there is much left to do in the towns and more attention must be paid to tidying the towns and town centres. Cleaning up must be performed together in order to exchange thoughts and ideas regarding the kind of clean and green Latvia we would like to see. It is important to ensure that the future Latvia is not only green, but has inhabitants."

 Guntis Rāvis, Chairman of the Management Board of Skonto Būve "Skonto Būve participates in Big Clean-up Day with a great feeling of satisfaction, however, it would be much more pleasant if we did not have to support waste collection. We would be happier to channel this energy into more creative activities, for instance, into organising and improving the environment."

The festive meeting with Andris Bērziņš, the President of Latvia and patron of Big Clean-up Day, has marked the countdown of the last 28 days before the date of Big Clean-up Day on April 21.

Has finished “Skonto Būve” sponsored competition “Baltic Hoop 2012”

The international rhythmic gymnastics tournament “Baltic Hoop 2012” traditionally took place in Riga in mid-March for already the thirteenth time. This year, the tournament, attended by 102 gymnasts altogether, also marked the 65th anniversary of rhythmic gymnastics in Latvia. The competition was organised by the Latvian Gymnastics Federation in co-operation with the Education, Culture and Sports Department of the Riga City Council, financial support for the event was provided by SIA “Skonto Būve”.

Olympic Champion and multiple World and European Champion Yevgeniya Kanayeva of Russia convincingly won the individual all-around competition as well as three out of four apparatus routines, winning “Skonto Būve” cash prize of EUR 1000. Alexandra Merkulova from Russia placed second and Stanyuta Melitina from Belarus third, taking cash prizes of EUR 600 and EUR 400 respectively. Latvia’s best gymnast, Latvian Champion and Latvian Cup winner Yelizaveta Gamaleyevafinished in fifth place.

In group competition, Russian national team was victorious. The Russian team is coached by the world’s best rhythmic gymnastics coach, Irina Viner-Usmanova.

The traditional “Baltic Hoop” title of “Miss Elegance”, awarded by an artistic jury, went to Liubov Charkashyna from Belarus this year.

Participating in the competition were 102 gymnasts from 16 countries: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Israel, Bulgaria, Poland, Germany, Norway, Finland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and, for the first time in the “Baltic Hoop” history, Belgium and Armenia. More than 2500 spectators watched the tournament.

Latvia was represented by the country’s best gymnasts: Yelizaveta Gamaleyeva, Veronika Romanova and Anastasia Efimova.