RIGA And UMEÅ will be united through festivals of light

RIGA And UMEÅ will be united through festivals of light
Andris Krieviņš
11-11-2011 A+ A-
Next week, the two European Capitals of Culture 2014 – Riga and Umeå –will implement an ambitious program of cooperation by uniting the people and festivals of the two cities, as well as outlining a program for future cooperation.

On November 16, the mayor of Umeå Marie-Louise Rönnmark will arrive in Riga to sign a cooperation agreement between the two cities on joint preparations for the status of European Capital of Culture 2014 together with the mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs. The contract will be signed during the international Riga 2014 Forum The changing face of Europe. Amber transformations (Mainīgā Eiropa. Dzintara transformācijas) on November 16 in the concert hall Palladium. People will be able to follow the Forum through live video on the websites www.riga2014.org and www.diena.lv in Riga, and in the Umeå central city square.

From Monday, November 14 to November 20, during the special holiday week of Latvia, a Riga Week will take place in the Umeå central city square ​​. In the Umeå Glass House that was built especially for the communication activities in 2014, the residents of Umeå will be able to see the Riga Festival of Lights, learn more about travelling to Riga and Latvia, and the planned activities in Riga as the European Capital of Culture 2014. People of Umeå will send photos of their Festival of Light to Riga, which will be exhibited in the Town Hall Passage (from the side of Tirgoņu Street). The inhabitants of Riga are, on the other hand, invited to send their most vivid impressions of the Staro Rīga Festival of Light to Umeå, where they will be displayed on a screen at the Glass House. On November 19, a concert will take place in the central city square at the Glass House, in which one of the best traditional music groups, Trio Šmite & Kārkle & Cinkuss, will be performing.

As previously announced, everyone is invited to participate in the Forum taking place on November 16. It will be held in the Palladium concert hall, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Please apply for attendance to the Foundation Riga 2014 by phone +371 67043639 or e-mail anete.freiberga@riga2014.org. We kindly ask the journalists wishing to reflect the Forum in media to apply to the Riga 2014 Communications and marketing manager Anna Muhka (anna.muhka@riga2014.org or +371 29474534).

Already for the second year, the Forum is organised by the Riga 2014 Foundation that is responsible for the preparation of the European Capital of Culture program for 2014. The special emphases of this year’s Forum are performances of Riga’s creative neighbourhoods, as well as a new study of the creative neighbourhoods in the city.

The Forum will continue to present the Capitals of Culture. Representatives of this year’s European Capitals of Culture – Tallinn (Estonia) and Turku (Finland) – will present their findings on the year of culture experience and people will be able to look at the future Capitals of Culture in through the prism of Marseilles 2013 (France), Riga and Valletta (Malta), the candidate for 2018.

Head of the Turku Fund Kay Sevona is going to interview the Minister of Culture Žaneta Jaunzeme-Grende, Head of the Culture and Science Committee Ina Druviete, the mayor of Umeå Marie-Louise Rönnmark, Head of the Representation of the EC in Latvia Inna Šteinbuka and mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs about the role of creativity in urban development.

This year’s forum will be opened by the former president of Latvia Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga with a speech The Changing Face of Europe. Mission Possible. More on the forum: www.riga2014.org.

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