This year, the patroness of the ball, Natalija Tumševica-Ērgle, and her creative team had significantly supplemented the program of celebrations. The geography of its participants is also wider – the ball was attended by guests from France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia and many other countries.
As before, the festival took place in the exquisite premises of the House of Blackheads, where the 18th and 19th centuries would be examined. Accompanied by classical compositions, the guests of the ball were able to enjoy the sublime atmosphere of the best European society. In addition to the small crow, the waltz, polonaise and counterdance, the organizers of the event, led by the artistic director of the Riga Ball 2019, popular pedagogue, director and choreographer Tāls Sils, had included performances dedicated to ballet in the evening.
The ball was opened by the solemn address of the Mayor of Riga Oleg Burov. Afterwards, the guests were greeted by the official release of the new debutants and the first dance. The pair of debutants were selected in the largest universities of Latvia, they were prepared by the best dance dancers and choreographers.
The concert of the event was attended by the Operetta Theater Symphony Orchestra conducted by Atvars Lakstīgala, the jazz orchestra conducted by Mirage Laura Amantova; Latvian National Opera and Ballet soloists Sonora Vaice and Kristaps Jaundžeikars; operetta theater soloists Kārlis Rūtentāls and Laura Purena, popular Latvian opera singers Olga Argo and Vadims Vakarjuks; five-time Latvian champions in standard dances Edgars Linis and Elīza Ancāne, percussionist and ballerina Soņa Misina, as well as “Dance Academy” ballerinas, winners of international competitions in Italy, China, Bulgaria and Russia Evelīna Inne, Elza Strumpe, Sofija Rokka and Margarita Koroļeva. The evening was hosted by the imposing Armand Samson.
“With the Riga Ball, we want to remind you of the riches of our culture. The mission of this project is to popularize Riga and Latvia all over the world, thus promoting cultural tourism. Therefore, we are very happy that in four years our event has not only won the hearts of the people of Latvia, but also been able to attract the attention of the international community. It is very gratifying that the experts of high-level European events recommend attending the “Riga Ball”. In addition, incredibly talented people live in Latvia. And we are committed to financially supporting those who have fewer opportunities to develop their talent. I would like to personally thank our regular partners and wonderful guests of the ball, as well as the whole team – most of these people help and participate in the organization and course of the event free of charge. Without them, I would not be able to create such a holiday for Riga, ”says Natalija Tumševica-Ērgle.
The “Riga Ball 2019” charity event took place in cooperation with the Latvian Children’s Fund. For support, the foundation has selected two winners of the competition: 14-year-old violinist Teresa Saras Schmidt from Jūrmala’s large family and 11-year-old cellist Reini Rudzīte from Riga. During the festival, they gave performances to the guests of the ball.
“Riga Ball” is an annual international event, the main goals of which are the revival of classical European and traditional Latvian cultural values, popularization of Riga and Latvia in the world, as well as support for young, talented musicians.