The modern center of Riga is the right environment for important events of art, culture and entertainment. In the future, the Skanste neighborhood will become home to the Museum of Contemporary Art and to a state-of-the-art conference and concert center, which we are so eagerly awaiting here in Riga. Yet even now, large-scale cultural and entertainment events are a regular occurrence in Skanste: the concerts, exhibitions and shows that are taking place here attract thousands of visitors.

In August 2015, the most popular band in Latvia, Prāta Vētra, concluded its tour in the territory of New Hanza with a performance attended by a record audience (45,000).


The story of Hanzas Perons origins goes back to the mid 18th and 19th centuries, when there was a railway line built in Riga to Mangaļi district with a branch to Andrejsala grain elevator. And this is where Riga’s cargo railway station was created, where the last cargo was loaded in 2009. Nowadays there are just a few buildings left in the neighbourhood, but the idea to connect the far and the different for mutual benefit has remained and the place was reborn into a new and modern location called Hanzas Perons.
kim? Contemporary Art Centre was founded in 2009. The name of kim? is no less than an abbreviation of an insistent question “what is art?" (“kas ir māksla?” in Latvian). Our organization is offering a certain range of activities such as exhibitions, lectures, discussions, a library, publications and other events related to recent art, theory and social issues introduced by means of local and international corpus of ideas, beliefs and individuals.
The permanent exhibition serves as an introduction to the history of Latvian firefighting from mid-19th century to the present day. Here it is possible to view firefighters' uniforms, awards and other accessories as well as try one's hand at putting out a fire and learn interesting facts about the history of firefighting in Latvia and the everyday routines of firefighters.