“THE CHANGING FACE OF EUROPE. AMBER TRANSFORMATIONS”
This is the second time when the forum is being organised by the Foundation Riga 2014, which is responsible for the European Capital of Culture Programming in 2014. “The status of the European Capital of Culture is a big responsibility. Preparation of high-quality artistic programs in the span of a year is a challenge. Nevertheless, as we see from the experience of other European Capitals of Culture, the given status is more than that. It has always been concerned with long-term changes taking place in the city. Foundation Riga 2014 calls for team work – as organisers, we would like to invite everyone – inhabitants of Riga, people of Latvia and their guests, to take a part in the transformation and organisation of the celebration. We want to show the culture in all its aspects, but especially its role in the processes of economic recovery and growth, which is not always properly evaluated.” – says the Head of the Foundation of Riga 2014 Diana Čivle.
During the forum representatives of this year’s European Capitals of Culture – Tallinn (Estonia) and Turku (Finland) will share their one-year experiences of being cultural capitals. One will be able to look into the future of cultural capitals through the prism of Marseilles (France), Riga and Valletta (Malta).
The Head of the European Capital of Culture 2011 Turku Fund Kay Sevona is going to interview the Head of the Representation of the EC in Latvia Inna Šteinbuka, Riga Mayor Nils Ušakovs and Minister of Culture Žaneta Jaunzeme-Grende about the role of creativity in the urban development.
This year’s forum will be opened by the former president Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga with a speech “The Changing Face of Europe. Mission Possible”. Dr. Māra Kalniņš, former Cambridge University professor, will deliver a lecture “Amber Odyssey: Past, Present, Future”, where she focuses on the fact that thousands of years ago, the Amber Road was one of the most influential trade routes in the world, and Europe is still fighting for its place in the world, searching for new “golden strands”. The forum guests will have a video excursion through one of the pilot project’s 2014 “Amber Expedition” first expeditions Riga-Liepaja, Klaipeda-Kaliningrad-Gdansk.
The Forum afternoon will be dedicated to the issue of Riga’s creative neighbourhoods. Architect Eve Zībārte will present the findings of the study “Riga’s creative neighbourhoods”. Curator of the Artistic Council Riga 2014 Solvita Krese will talk about the role of the creative neighbourhoods within the programme of 2014. Creative neighbourhoods – Miera iela, VEF, Spīķeri, Tabakas fabrika, Andrejosta and cyclists’ society Velodraugi, Muffins and Ģertrūdes iela – they will all create their neighbourhood atmosphere at the forum and tell us, how they are different in the city. On the 17th of November, the Forum participants will be invited on a tour to the creative neighbourhoods.