Café Spleen. Jukums Vācietis and Latvian Poets in the World War I Mystery


The event “Café Spleen. Jukums Vācietis and Latvian Poets in the World War I Mystery”, part of the series “Jānis Akuraters in Two Periods of History”, will analyse the personality of a poet at the crossroads of history. The programme of the event includes readings from Jānis Akuraters’ short story “Café Spleen” and the premiere of a series of songs composed by Juris Kulakovs set to poems about Latvian Riflemen by Jānis Akuraters, Kārlis Skalbe, Vilis Plūdonis, Jānis Kārkliņš, Jānis Ziemeļnieks and other authors. The songs will be performed by Miervaldis Jenčs and Ieva Akuratere.

Thematic division: Freedom Street

Begins : 13.08.2014 16:00


  • Jānis Akurāters Museum on Vācieša street 6a and its surroundings

Form of event:

  • Event

Category of event:

  • Music
  • Literature

Audience of event:

  • Youth
  • Adults

Project description:

The title for the project “Café Spleen or August 1914” at Jānis Akuraters Museum has been borrowed from “Café Spleen”, a short story by Akuraters about a “humane refuge” that artists-turned-riflemen have created in a sauna building where they meet in the evenings to talk about life and art “beyond” the war. During the project, “Café Spleen”, an army tent, will be set up in the museum’s garden to house various shows and performances about poets and artists at war, causality, and the connections between various periods in history.

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