ENTERTAINMENT OF EVERY KIND
Barman show! Great art …
Take two buddies who are professional barmen but also good at games of skill, put them on a stage with bar objects such as bottles, shakers and glasses, and you have a show ready to be served up piping hot in the school sports hall. They were the ‘Flyties’.
You don’t cut a cheese in the same way if it is round or square, and if it is a soft cheese or of another sort. There’s a whole art to it, demonstrated with panache by one of the school’s teachers, Irina Duvanova, to a captivated and attentive audience.
The nouvelle cuisine demonstration put on by the chef from Riga’s ‘Restaurant 3’ was a revelation for many in the audience. And indeed, using low temperature techniques, he took delight in surprising his audience with his mastery and skill. And what is more, the demonstration was accompanied by performances from the Pustonis choir.
The ‘Fashion show’ really lived up to its promises. Under the aegis of the Latvian brand Mayra, the director Maira Mikelson and Zanda Krancmane, the models for this exhibition, paraded like true professionals with the hint of seriousness that such shows require; the audience was bewitched and really appreciated the skill of the designers as well as the cat walk professionalism of the young lady models!
Latvian tourism for the teachers
This immersion in Latvian tourism, reserved for the teachers, was of great interest to the audience who had gathered in the training bar. This was no surprise, given the high calibre of the three speakers: Martin Engelis, a specialist in Latvian tourism, Harald Sauss, a freelance chef, and Inese Vicupa, a specialist in culinary arts. All three speakers enthralled their audience: Martin Engelis with his knowledge of the field, Harald Sauss by inviting the audience to taste sweet and savoury specialities, and finally Inese Vicupa by pointing out, for example, that there are 3500 restaurants in Latvia including 1700 in Riga, and that street food is constantly evolving.
The Radisson Sky-bar in the city centre
On December 6th from 20.00 to 22.00 the teachers and the school staff teams headed off for the city centre, to the Sky-bar on the 27th floor of the Radisson Hotel; there they spent a unique evening with the city lights at their feet. There was also a copious and delicious buffet. Ah, when I think of those prawns with mango …! This was yet another great idea from the organisers.
A City Tour
Visiting the Latvian capital in the company of a guide who is both professional and talkative was a real delight for those who took part in this evening bus outing. From the school located in ‘Nicgales 26 iela’ in the Riga suburbs where the style is resolutely contemporary and dates from the soviet era, to the magnificent art nouveau buildings, and including Riga’s main monuments, the city’s past and present were the subjects of a detailed commentary. The visit ended in the square where the Blackheads’ House, in the style of the Dutch renaissance, is located, and where we just had to have a group photo.
Entertainment for the students
The organisers also thought specifically about the needs of the students – for example the team-building exercises in the sports hall on December 3rd at 20.00; on December 6th at 14.30 there was a treasure hunt across Riga, and on the same day at 20.00 there were games within the school.