'Riga 2014' receives Melina Mercouri prize
‘The prize we receive attests to success of preparation for 'Riga 2014' events. We put emphasis on developing an interesting program for entire year, but also take care to ensure the readiness of the infrastructure for the up-coming events. For example, the renovated Ziemeļblāzma cultural house will be perfect place to host the World Quire Olympics, which is one of the major events of 2014,’ says chairman of Riga City Council Nils Ušakovs.
It was acknowledged in international jury of European Capitals of Culture monitoring committee in Brussels that work of Latvia’s team is convincing and congratulated the state and Riga city for their stable support in implementation of the project.
The jury emphasized stability of evolvement of European Capital of culture project financially as well as in the sense of program development and artistic quality. Multi-faceted collaboration and good partnerships were also accentuated.
More than two hundred artistically and culturally diverse European Capital of Culture events form the program of Riga – European Capital of Culture. Riga 2014 program will enrich, innovate and widen the traditional range of spectrum of culture in the capital of Latvia.
Program evolved in collaboration of artists, the public of Riga, state civil services, local governments of Latvia and wide range of cultural organizations, creating globally resonant year of culture events on international level.
Many of year 2014 cultural features will locate to less usual sites, such as venues outside the center of Riga – its outskirts and neighborhoods, public will be offered many events free of charge and invited to participate and join the events of their interest.
International monitoring committee of European Commission consists of high level professionals of management and project directing who follow the processes of preparation for European Capital of Culture on national level. With the jury assessing this process in Riga as successful, Melina Mercouri prize was awarded. It is so named in honor of minister of culture of Greece in response to whose initiative the title of European Capital of Culture was coined, followed by awarding it since 1985.
Umeain Sweden will hold the title of European capital of Culture parallel to Riga in 2014.