Liepāja is the 3rd largest city in Latvia and 10th largest one in the Baltic States. Approximately 72 000 people have chosen it as their home place. The city is located on a stretch of land between the Baltic Sea and the Liepāja Lake, which are connected by the Trade Canal.
The oldest electric tram line in the Baltic States’ territory curves through the city’s residential neighborhoods from north to south. It is also worth mentioning that this nature-friendly type of public transportation in Latvia is only available in Liepāja and two other cities.
The sea with its widest sandy beach in the country, strolling, beautiful scenery and colorful sunsets – these are just a few of many magnets that attract locals, neighbors and guests from more distant lands located in Europe and around the world.
Liepāja is a destination city with high tourism added value. It provides high quality tourism services to diverse groups of travelers with different interests and needs, including people with special needs. In 2013 Liepāja won an international “EDEN” contest in the category of “accessible tourism” or tourism for people with disabilities, and was named the European Destination of Excellence in Latvia.
Liepāja also has rich cultural, artistic and sports traditions. Summers in Liepāja are usually filled with various events and festivals – starting from the massive “Summer Sound” beach party to the festival of speed “Rally Kurzeme”, when tens of thousands of guests are gathering in the city.
The city’s educational community is represented within each of its levels, starting from nurseries and pre-schools up to strong vocational training and regional universities. Recent years have been marked with unprecedented municipal investments in the development of education and its quality, thus achieving a regional competitiveness level of Liepāja’s educational establishments.
In the city of Liepāja, the dream of a grand concert hall of its own has been alive for almost a century. Already at the end of the 19th century, in 1896, the City Council made a decision to start saving money for the construction of its concert hall. In 2015, this dream has finally been realized – the „Great Amber” has been built to become a regional centre of culture and events, as well as home to the Liepāja Symphony orchestra, Emils Melngailis Liepaja Music Secondary School and to the concert hall’s manager and creator of the programme - „Lielais Dzintars”, Ltd.
The concert hall „Great Amber” comprises eight stories of 14’126 m². It has three concert halls – the Great Hall with 1010 seats, the Chamber Hall with 200 seats and the Experimental Stage with 150 seats, in addition to public events spaces Civita Nova, a coffee shop and a restaurant.