10th Anniversary of the Nature Concert Hall
On Monday 7th of December 2015, the Nature Concert Hall celebrated its 10th anniversary. The President of Latvia, who has been a follower and supporter of Nature Concert Hall since its early days, expressed his continued support and agreed to become its patron. In his opening speech he emphasized the uniqueness of the Nature Concert Hall as a distinctive brand both within Latvia as well as abroad. “Our partners in the European Union have also appreciated Nature Concert Hall, and have recently labelled it best educational project in Europe. We have visited Shanghai [World Expo – ed. Note], as well as represented Baltic States in Baltic Assembly. These and other appearances abroad reaffirm the demand for innovative approaches in environmental education The ability to combine art, science and music into one, thus synthesizing new products, provides Latvia with a unique opportunity to present itself”.
In the opening event of the Nature Concert Hall new project outputs were presented:
- a DVD of the 2014 concert in Sigulda – “Devon, Asterolepis ornata”;
- new home page of Nature Concert Hall – www.dabaskoncertzale.lv in Latvian or www.natureconcerthall.com in English;
- a photo exhibition looking back at the development of the event, which was financed by the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanism.
The concept of Nature Concert Hall was developed in 2006 with the story about a hermit beetle. In these 10 years every summer in more than 17 different Latvian municipalities, this multi-media performance has introduced event visitors with Latvian nature. Sometimes the stories have been about unknown species, sometimes about those more well-known. Nevertheless, every year the unifying part of the event has always been to promote educational values, create emotional experiences and gain inspiration from nature. Scientists of different fields and the Latvian Nature Conservation Agency have created interactive information tools and inspirational workshops of Nature Concert Hall. Musicians – Andris Sējāns, Ingus Ulmanis, Kaspars Tobis, Aigars Voitišķis, Anrijs Grīnbergs, Valdis and Rūta Muktupāveli etc.. have been creating new music every year. Director Roberts Rubīns is the engineer of the event video and lighting presentation.
The Latvian Environmental Protection Fund has been our supporter since 2007.
The board of the Nature Concert Hall and the Latvian Nature Conservation Agency expresses gratitude to all scientists who have provided scientific information for the content of the workshops and inspiration of music and visual character creation throughout all these ten years and to volunteers, the number of which over the years have grown to one hundred. It is thanks to them that thousands of visitors can participate in information and creative workshops.
Thanks to all our guest musicians! Thanks to Reinis Sējāns who coloured the blossoms of the meadow vetchling, thanks to Raimonds Petrauskis who easily shook up the esker, thanks to the first Devon orchestra. A special thank you goes out to our main musicians who have been able to find inspiration to create new pieces every year. Thank you to director Roberts Rubīns who has since 2009, managed to promote Latvian natural values through beautiful video and light installations. Thank you to the many technicians who have been taking care of countless tiny details, without which there would be no Nature Concert Hall at all.
But the biggest thank you goes out to our audience who have always been interested to know and to respect, to enjoy and participate in all events we host!