LATVIA – RUNDALE
From 17 December to 8 January, Rundale Palace will also be open in the evenings, and the magnificent halls and apartments can be viewed under special lighting and accompanied by meditative music, which in winter will be a reminder of the approaching spring.
The idea was originated by director Kārlis Anītens, who, in collaboration with lighting designer Oskars Paulinas, created the production Lai šoziem pavasaris tuvu, which can be seen at two locations close to each other – at Rundale Castle and the recently renovated Mežotne Church.
In the evenings there will be a light and sound show every half hour at a certain time in the Mežotná Church, and in Rundale Castle visitors are invited to take a free stroll through the castle halls, where they can admire the magnificent chandeliers that only a few have seen lit up.
The light from the chandeliers, the play of shadows on the decorations in the sumptuous rooms, and the meditative music that interweaves classical Christmas melodies with other pieces will all make you feel that spring is just around the corner. You’re free to choose which venue – the church or the palace – to visit first.
A single ticket for both performances may be purchased at the Bilešu paradize ticket office or at bilesuparadize.lv. The ticket will be valid for the start time of the show at the Mežotná Church and the same ticket will be valid for admission to the event at the Rundale Palace between 16:30 and 20:30, except on December 22, 24, 31 and January 1. There will be a café in the Rundale Castle Museum during the event.