EU jury gives a high estimate of 'Riga 2014' program
Latvia was represented, in the meeting of monitoring committee by the chair of Riga City Council Nil Ushakov, the secretary of Mayor’s office Iveta Strautiņa, councilor of minister of culture Jānis Dripe, cultural attaché of the Permanent representation of the Republic of Latvia to the European Union Zane Vāgnere, the first secretary of the Embassy of Latvia in Belgium Vita Timermane-Moora, and the representatives of 'Riga 2014' – the chair of the program Aiva Rozenberga, the head of the executive division of the program Dace Vilsone and the chair of the foundation 'Riga 2014' Diāna Čivle.
‘Riga is not only actively at work preparing the program of events of 'Riga 2014' and the building of the team to realize it, but also is busily reconstructing a range of the parks, squares and gardens of the city and implementing several large-scale projects, such as renovation of the cultural hall ‘Ziemeļblāzma’ and reconstruction of the National Museum of Art of Latvia, which is already on the way,’ said Nil Ushakov, underlining that ‘the results Riga has achieved so far are significant contribution to improvement of cultural infrastructure of the city.’
Adding to the said, Jānis Dripe highlighted the role of creative industries in the process, which was affirmed ast year by agreement of four of the ministries to collaborate in development of creative industries and their public profile.
‘The jury emphasized the stability of the project of European Capital of Culture in financial terms as well as in the sense of development and artistic quality of the program. Also, such aspects as many-dimensional collaboration and good partnerships were singled out. We are content with the estimate given by the EU panel; we have received appreciative estimate in this last European exam before 2014,’ Diāna Čivle shared her first impressions after the presentation.
The EC international monitoring committee consists of high level professionals of cultural and project management, who follow the process of preparation for European capitals of culture. The official appraisal of the project will be publicized within 21 days.
The program of the year of Riga – European Capital of Culture features more than two hundred cultural events in the most diverse genres of art and cultural activity.