Circus stories

The aim of the project STORIES OF THE RIGA CIRCUS is to acknowledge those people who are part of the recent history of the Riga Circus. This page presents audio narratives and pictures taken during the project. Over time new stories will be added to this collection.


Inventory, analysis and evaluation of the documents and materials available in the archives of the Riga Circus led to the idea of ​​this project. As the Riga Circus is currently undergoing considerable change leading towards a new model of operation, it is the right time to explore and evaluate the existing heritage and establish contemporary cultural values ​​based on it. So far the extended activities of the Riga Circus have not been summarized in a single resource, therefore a new study on this discipline of art, accompanied by copious audio and visual materials that can be accessible to the general public, will greatly contribute to the research and documentation of the history of Latvian performing arts.

This project of Latvia’s Centenary will consist of three stages:

  • Inventory of the collection of historic materials of the Riga Circus and documentation of audio narratives – December 2018.
  • Creation of the digital exposition – until December 2019.
  • Establishment of an interactive exhibition on the history of the Riga Circus is
    planned in the future.

An episode devoted to the project on the Latvian Radio is available HERE.

The project is implemented by:
The project Stories of the Riga Circus is created by the Riga Circus. The documentation of recorded narratives began in partnership with the Scientific Research Centre of the Latvian Academy of Culture under the guidance of Agnese Treimane, a research assistant at the Scientific Research Centre of the LAC and students, namely, Marita Sanžarevska, students of Sociology and Management of Culture Elvīra Avota and Renāte Saulīte, and Bachelor of Arts Lauma Vitola. The interviews were edited by Māra Rozenberga, a senior correspondent at the Latvian Radio, and a sound engineer Renārs Šteimanis.

Photos by: Ieva Epnere

Funded by: The State Culture Capital Foundation