Twenty countries in three days

Twenty countries in three days
21-11-2012 A+ A-
The Rīga 2014 Foundation spent the long weekend hard at work. Along with the Independence-day festivities and the Staro Rīga festival of light, the weekend saw another two major events being held: an international forum on neighbourhood culture and a meeting of European Capital of Culture representatives: Evaluating European Capitals of Culture.

Presentations from forum Neighbourhood Culture in 58 Cities:

Neil Peterson, Liverpool 2008: Using Culture to Connect with Communities (PDF)

Susan Skipiol, Essen/Ruhr 2010: Involving by sharing responsibility (PDF)

Cay Sevon, Turku 2011: Neighbourhood weeks during Turku 2011 and continuation In 2012 (PDF)

Ulrich Fuchs, Marseille-Provence 2013: Creative districts in Marseille-Provence 2013 (PDF)

Shuji Kogi, Secretary General, EU-Japan Fest Committee: How a European Capital of Culture photographer changed the lives of Japanese schoolchildren (PDF)

Kristīna Kižlo&team. Courtyard refurbishment Project, Rīga 2014: Case study of Maskavas iela courtyard in 2012 (PDF)

Uldis Tatarčuks, Lattelecom, Rīga: Home wi-fi – establishing internet communities (PDF)


The forum attracted a full lecture hall in the new School of Architecture and Media centre H20 6 at the Rīga International School of Economics and Business Administration. Forum participants focused on the most outstanding examples of public participation in Rīga and other cities. The key finding: culture cannot be “set up from the outside”. Things only happen when people become involved.

The main reason for the visit by representatives of former, current and future European Capitals of Culture was Rīga hosting the regular informal meeting with the key theme this time – how to evaluate a European Capital of Culture year. The conference day overflowed with experience and ideas, behind-the-scenes conversations were fruitful and the informal part of the discussions – open and frank. The informal meeting of European Capital of Culture representatives is held once a year in one of the upcoming capitals to exchange and share organisational experience.

Ann Branch, Head of the Culture Programme Unit of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture and the representatives of former, current and future European Capitals of Culture also visited the construction site of the National Library of Latvia building, anticipated to be one of the central venues for 2014 programme events.


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