Riga Circus was built by a circus performer in 1889 who purchased the land where the big top now resides. The unusual metallic dome stands out against the Riga skyline like a shiny penny, having been built from copper-coloured railings. The circus features tigers, elephants, horses, clowns, jugglers and magicians, with performers from Sweden, France, the Ukraine, Georgia and Azerbaijan. The events programme is seasonal, with the winter shows starting in autumn and lasting through to Easter time. In the summer the circus goes on the road, touring in its Summer Tent. There are also special shows for Christmas and Easter.