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Millions intended for National Acoustic Concert Hall to be spent for other needs

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The EUR 23 million allocated by European structure funds for the construction of the National Acoustic Concert Hall, and which were planned to be used for the reinforcement of AB Dam, have been divided for other needs, said Latvia’s Culture Minister Nauris Puntulis after a meeting of Latvian Music Council on Wednesday, 18 September.

He explained that approximately EUR 9 million of this funding will be in the hands of the Culture Ministry. For example, EUR 5.5 million is planned to be used to finance repairs in the Large Guild, which is currently in a critical state. According to Puntulis, there is a plan to use funding worth more than EUR 9 million.

Puntulis said the other funding from structure funds has been diverted to the state budget to expand fiscal space.

According to what Puntulis said, AB Dam can no longer be considered an option for the concert hall’s construction. The minister added that it is possible that a new design contest could be organized.

He admits that the project designed by architect Andis Sīls could be theoretically moved to a new location. Nevertheless, he says it would be better to announce a new contest.

Puntulis says the topic of the National Acoustic Concert Hall will end up on the government’s table before the end of the year.

When asked when Latvia can expect a National Acoustic Concert Hall, Culture Ministry’s state secretary Dace Vilsone said ten years could pass until the concert hall’s location and funding model could become clear. Puntulis also added he is optimistic.

Vilsone commented on the repairs of the Large Guild that, saying that State Real Estate is currently performing the building’s technical evaluation to later compile a list of priorities. According to Vilsone, work could commence before 2022.

As previously reported, public and private partnership model could be used for the implementation of the National Acoustic Concert Hall project.

After going through the report by SIA PricewaterhouseCoopers, members of the Concert Hall’s Development Committee picked in favour of the alternative, considering the current state of fiscal space, the ministry reported.

At the beginning of the year, Culture Ministry’s discussions with architects, city planners, musicians, culture officials and other experts focused on nine possible locations for the concert hall in Riga’s centre and outside it: AB Dam, Andrejosta, Andrejsala, Ķīpsala, territory of Latvia Academy of Sciences, Mūkupurva, Torņkalns, Victory Part and Zaķusala.

Representatives of political parties had met in June to discuss three of the most appropriate locations, as well as the reconstruction of Riga Congress Hall and investments in the Large Guild.

On 28 June Cooperation Council’s Development Committee reviewed the project’s development potential in Andrejosta, Dailes Theatre and Skanste.

The Cabinet of Ministers could make the decision on the chosen development scenario for the National Concert Hall during the autumn work session.

Answering the question how much construction of the National Acoustic Concert Hall could cost, Culture Ministry said each of the possible locations has a different set of costs.


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