Creativity Comes to the Esplanāde

Creativity Comes to the Esplanāde
15-06-2012 A+ A-
On Friday, June 15, a tent was pitched in the Esplanāde Park, there to host a creative workshop. In the presence of almost 50 architects, urban planners, cultural operators and neighbours of the Esplanāde – a school, a museum, the Cabinet of Ministers and others, as well as representatives of state institutions, NGOs and companies, debates took place on the development of the Esplanāde Park. The park has a colourful past – its 20th century form was developed by landscape architect Georg Kuphaldt, and various political regimes have left their mark on the park, while in discussions of its current state, words like “emptiness” and “pedestrian transit” were often heard.

However, its future promises to be spectacular – in 2014, when Rīga is European Capital of Culture, the park is to be an epicentre of cultural events and home to an information centre. A creative information space on a smaller scale will open in August of this year, when cultural events will be organized to warm up for 2014 and revitalize the face of the Esplanāde.

The plan is for all the information on the European Capital of Culture year to be gathered in one place in the Esplanāde. This centre will later be moved to other Rīga neighbourhoods to become a local cultural centre. The creative information space on the Esplanāde should be a stimulating and fun space to spend time in, with a stage, a table and a bar.

The architecture of the park is important, but even more important is the content of the park’s event and the values it reflects, the creative workshop highlighted. Institutions around the Esplanāde, the Art Academy, museum and cathedral should also take an active part. The findings will be summarized and published after Midsummer on the Rīga 2014 website. Everyone will be invited to take part, continuing the exchange of thoughts and ideas and adding their own comments, ideas and visions. Join us!

The creative workshop was organized by Foundation Rīga 2014 in collaboration with the Contemporary Architecture Information Centre, the Urban Institute and Ideju institūts.

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