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Venues

Please find below a compilation of the 4 impressive venues which will be the main locations for the 5th European Forum on Music.

The Small Guild is a neo-gothic building erected in 1864—66  by the architect Johann Felsko. The beautiful Grand Hall is ornately decorated with pilasters, wooden panels, painted ceiling, stained-glass windows and paintings. The Grand Hall will be the setting for the opening event of the conference on 11 June, where participants will be treated to Latvian Traditional Music and Dance.

The Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music (formerly the Riga Conservatory) is the major higher learning music institution in Latvia, offering professional undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and academic postgraduate programmes in music performance, conducting, composition, music science, music pedagogy and choreography. Doctoral level studies are available in the field of history and theory of music. Scientific research and artistic creativity are the cornerstones of all professional and academic study programmes. The main goals of the Latvian Academy of Music are to provide studies of exceptional quality in subjects of music, choreography and education sciences, humanitarian and social sciences; to conduct research projects in arts sciences; to encourage artistic creativity of the young musicians. Academy supports further education and cooperates as independent entity with foreign institutions for arts and education. Sessions on 12 June and the Annual Meeting of Members on 14 June will take place here.

Cesis Concert Hall is a unique multifunctional cultural centre of national and regional significance, located in Cesis - one of the most picturesque towns of Latvia. Cesis is known for its rich cultural traditions and benefits from a growing interest of cultural tourists. The concert hall aims at providing high quality cultural events to local and international audiences. Sessions on 13 June will take place here. A shuttle service will be provided, taking delegates from Riga to Cesis in the morning and back after the final event in the evening.

One of Latvia's most famous medieval monuments dating back to 1209, Cesis Castle was an important base for the German knights in the Baltic States, with several masters of the German Order, a branch of the Livonian Order, residing in Cesis Castle. This truly impressive venue, which is also frequently used by the movie industry, will be the setting for the final event of the conference on 13 June.

The National Library of Latvia is the national cultural institution of importance under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture. It's mission is to promote the free and inventive usage of Latvia's cultural and scientific heritage so as to foster education, research, the development of knowledge and the quality of life. The NLL will be the venue of a concert in the frame of the EFM on 12 June 2015.

Following a busy forum schedule on 12 June, participants will be able to relax, socialise and enjoy the music at the 'after-hours' venue, Hamlets Jazz Club.