Rīga Central Market pavilion could become concert hall

An idea to turn the Meat Pavilion into a concert hall has been floated as the Rīga Central Market is being rebuilt, reported Latvian Radio April 28.

Artis Druvinieks, the head of the market, said that it is however just one of a number of ideas being discussed, with the final decision to be taken by the Rīga City Council.

Druvinieks outlined the current plans for reconstructing the Central Market – a popular but decrepit location, incidentally the first sight tourists arriving by bus see in the Latvian capital.

First, the Fish Pavilion (the hanger closest to the river) is to be rebuilt by early 2021, with the Milk Pavilion following suit.

"And then it's the Meat Pavilion... I wouldn't want to confirm [that a concert hall will be built], as it's something creative to benefit the city, but at this point there's nothing to confirm this talk," Druvinieks said.

The Central Market is one of the most familiar sights of Rīga. The five hangars were built in the inter-war period reusing parts from old zeppelin hangars. 

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