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Benjamin J Sperry
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A concert hall near the sea and contemporary art at a railway station

One cannot imagine Jurmala without music, art and literature in the present and past of the city. The most famous couple of Latvian poets Rainis and Aspazija have left their imprint on the culture of Jurmala –  their former dwellings have become present-day cultural spaces accessible to anyone –, and in the names of streets and places. Open air concerts have been organised here since the beginning of the 20th century and remain a valued tradition of Jurmala until today. Music can be heard at Dzintari Concert Hall on the shore of the sea, the renovated Melluzi Open Air Stage and in the historical Horn's Garden. The history of the resort can be learned at Jurmala City Museum, but contemporary art inhabits Dubulti railway station, which is unique in the entire Europe.

  • History of the city is reflected at several museums of Jurmala. At Jurmala Open Air Museum visitors can acquaint themselves with the history of fisher's villages that were formerly located on the shore of the sea: main occupation of the most ancient inhabitants of Jurmala was fishing in the river and the sea. Two centuries of the history of the resort are reflected in the permanent exhibition of Jurmala City Museum, but twists and turns of the fates of Latvian poets Rainis and Aspazija lead to Rainis and Aspazija holiday home, Aspazija's house and the renovated group of building “Raiņa sēta”.

 

  • Music in the open air is the soundtrack of Jurmala in the summer season. Open air concerts take place in the romantic Horn's Garden in Majori and on the restored open air stage in Melluzi, which is one of the last two acoustic wooden shell-shaped stages in the entire Baltic states. On the shore of the sea among pines there is the legendary Dzintari Concert Hall. the Big Hall of which once was the first open concert hall in Latvia: the sounds of classical music, jazz and pop music mix with the sounds of the sea.

 

  • Art inhabits traditional and no so traditional places in Jurmala: local and international exhibitions of contemporary art take place at the Art Station “Dubulti”, which is the only art space in the Europe in an operating railway station. Exhibitions of contemporary art can be seen also at Jurmala City Museum, on the homey premises of Rainis and Aspazija holiday home and at other locations in the city: in the first dunes at Pumpuri there is the sculpture “Raiņa priedes” (Rainis Pines) by the sculptor Kristaps Gulbis (Kristaps Gulbis), but in Majori on Turaidas street sidewalk the version of the legend of the Rose of Turaida by Valdis Barkans (Valdis Barkāns) can be found.