A Testimony to Latvian Poet’s Task on the Battlefield: Translate the Horrors of War


“Café Spleen. Jukums Vācietis and Latvian Poets in World War I Mystery”, one of the events in the series “Jānis Akuraters in Two Periods of History”, will analyse the role of the personality of an artist at the crossroads of history. The programme includes songs composed by Juris Kulakovs set to poems about Latvian Riflemen by Jānis Akuraters, Kārlis Skalbe and other authors, performed by Miervaldis Jenčs and Ieva Akurātere. One song will be performed by the composer himself. The event is envisioned as a testimony to Latvian poets’ task on the battlefield: to translate the horrors of war into patriotic artwork that would inspire the nation to build and protect a COUNTRY of their own.

Thematic division: Freedom Street

Begins : 30.08.2014 16:00


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

Form of event:

  • Concert
  • Action

Category of event:

  • Music
  • Literature
  • History

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.

Web address: http://riga2014.org/CAFESPLEEN



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