In the middle of the Old Town of Riga stands a unique complex of buildings - the Riga German Theatre. Unfortunately, it is not in a good condition and urgent structural measures must be taken. Actors on the Latvian and German side have taken up this project and have set themselves the goal of renovating, restoring and, above all, filling the building with new life.
5000m² for the music
Like a Villa Massimo of music, a centre of young European musicians is to be created here. In addition to the normal theatre and concert activities, master classes for young people from all over Europe will take place, creative people from all areas of visual and digital art will have the opportunity to work on and conceive a Gesamtkunstwerk 2.0, and last but not least, the different rooms offer various possibilities for cultural events, pop-up installations and much more.
In order to make the building complex, consisting of a palace, a chamber music hall and a theatre, usable for this vision, massive structural measures have to be taken. There are many large and small construction sites, from the stabilization of the foundation to the roofing of the building. In the end, in addition to the reconstruction and restoration of the historical rooms, apartments for the music students, new electrical equipment, a kitchen and the reconstruction of the theatre hall will be completed.
In 2020, the project will enter the concrete planning phase in terms of construction. Consultants, experts and architects work out the individual steps and necessary measures. A project team in Germany and Latvia will take care of fundraising and public relations for the project.
The start of the restoration is scheduled for spring 2021. After a three-year construction phase, the German Theatre in Riga is to reopen in 2024.