Art Journalists Visit Riga for “Riga 2014” Events in September
During the festival, Riga was visited by journalists from the Baltic contemporary art portal “Echo Gone Wrong”, Swedish art portal “Kunstforum”, Russian art publication “Project Baltia”, international cultural portal “The Culture Trip”, the prestigious publication “E-Flux” from New York, and other art media. Their trips to Riga were organised in co-operation with the Latvian Institute and the Centre for Contemporary Art.
In total, the “Riga 2014” Press Centre hosted and helped plan the visits of 13 foreign journalists from nine countries in September. On the other hand, media monitoring data indicate that foreign media ran 33 news stories about the “Riga 2014” Programme events. These included a video material about the Corner House aired by the influential Middle East television “Al Jazeera”, a colourful double-page spread in the German women’s magazine “Grazia”, an article about creativity and innovation in Riga printed in the German magazine and portal “Stern” and later reprinted in other regional media.
Crown Princess of Sweden Victoria paid a working visit to Riga in September. The visit had been announced quite a while before that, and Her Royal Highness said she was eager to see the 2014 European Capital of Culture. The royal visit to Latvia and Victoria’s meeting with the “Riga 2014” staff attracted significant media coverage in Sweden.
Also in September, the international conference “Baltic Amber across Time and Borders” (watch a video recording of the conference here) was held in Riga and the exhibition “The Epoch of Amber” opened at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design. A journalist from the “Amber.com.pl” portal visited Riga to report on these events.
A 45-minute film about Riga, shot during German journalists’ visit to Riga this past August, was broadcast by the German WDR television last month. The film, which shows Riga and the city’s cultural diversity, features the narrator touring Riga with a small suitcase, where he puts various objects and items that say something about Latvian culture. During the visit, the narrator meets artists, dancers, singers to show viewers the lesser-known, but very beautiful, side of the city.
In the coming months, too, a number of foreign media will visit Riga, particularly during the final part of the “Riga 2014” Programme.
Work with the foreign media within the “Riga 2014” project is organised and media monitoring is performed by the “Riga 2014” Press Centre in collaboration with the Latvian Institute. Professional media monitoring tools are not used in collating the media coverage data. Media monitoring is carried out so far as practicable and using Internet search engines, as well as based on links to, or copies of, articles written by media representatives who have visited Riga.