KGB 'Corner house' could reopen as soon as February

Riga's stint as a European Capital of Culture officially ends on December 31, but it could leave at least one worthwhile legacy behind it with an acclaimed temporary exhibition about the KGB's activities in occupied Latvia set to return as soon as February. 

The 'KGB House' or 'Corner House' was one of the definite hits of the Riga2014 program, attracting thousands of visitors and public opinion quickly mobilised as it wound up its activities in October to demand that it be made a permanent or at least semi-permanent exhibition.

The team of guides that showed visitors through the grim cells and offices of the former KGB headquarters in Riga are set to return too.

The exhibition will also be improved and ticketing procedures streamlined, LSM reports. 

"In the new year we will begin to work on the the project again," said Līga Strazda of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, which is overseeing the rebirth of the Corner House.

It is planned that Aija Abens, who showed hundreds of people including LSM around the building during its first incarnation, will take charge of the project.

"We are looking for new stories to tell visitors. We're thinking about the way in which this can best be done by collecting visual material and writing texts and deciding how best to communicate them," said Strazda.

Toilets and heating - both of which are sadly lacking at present - will also be installed.

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