Creative Information Space Esplanāde 2014 Visited by 40 000
In the Esplanāde Park, in the square facing the Monument to Rainis, the open Foundation Rīga 2014 office gave passersby the chance to find out about European Capital of Culture news, as well as watching and participating in diverse cultural activities.
“Esplanāde 2014 became a place for friendly, curious and businesslike conversations, which are particularly important for us in the continuing work on the European Capital of Culture year programme. The interest and response shown confirms that Riga always has been and will be a capital of culture, and year 2014 will see our extraordinary cultural traditions and personalities come alive and gain international recognition,” says Head of Rīga 2014, Diāna Čivle. “We are already thinking about the next phases of the creative information space, and are open all the time in our office at the Congress Hall.
Esplanāde 2014 began work alongside the Riga Festival, and in the mood of the Venice Architecture Biennale. After that, the biggest events were the White Night, Poetry Days readings and dance concerts. The city’s cultural life was topped up with open-air screenings of the best European films, choir singing from the USA World Choir Games, discussions from the City Conversations discussions and many more just as creative and informative events. The creative information space also became the location for the finals of the Great Game of Riga in cooperation with Latvijas Radio 2.
In order to increase the availability of modern technologies, partner of Rīga 2014, Lattelecom, provided the creative information space with wireless internet and open access computers, as well as implementing computer skills training.
The Let’s Build Riga! game became a favourite for visitors. The game was relaxing and engaging, letting anyone build their ideal Riga – several thousands of Rigans and city guests recorded their ideas and shared them via social networks. The city became brighter by three thousand Rīga 2014 badges, and more knowledgeable by 11 thousand informative booklets.