Café Europa. Riga 2014 – Mons 2015 Innovation Laboratory


The idea of the Riga 2014 and Mons 2015 project ‘Café Europa. Riga 2014 – Mons 2015 Innovation Laboratory’ is the image of a modern, multifunctional social space in the city characterized by dynamism and self-sufficiency in terms of the energy it needs. Container will be placed, in summer 2014, in the Spīķeri quarter to serve as a place of meeting, realizing social and cultural function. It will be moved to different neighborhoods of Riga in order to draw attention of the widest public possible to the social practices supported by the new technologies. RIXC will implement this project collaborating with its main partner ‘Technocité’ and Mons 2015 (Beligium) as well as other members of the network from Grenoble – France,  Canada, Australia, Liepāja University in Latvia and others. 

Thematic division: Survival Kit

Begins : 14.08.2014 21:00

Ends: 27.09.2014 21:00


  • Spīķeru creative quarter

Form of event:

  • Presentation
  • Discussion / Lecture
  • Workshop
  • Exhibition
  • Performance art

Category of event:

  • Visual arts
  • Design
  • Participation of the public
  • Science

Audience of event:

  • Children
  • Youth
  • Adults

Project description:

The project “Café Europa. Riga 2014 – Mons 2015” was implemented by RIXC in close co-operation with “Mons 2015” (Belgium), bringing a “Café Europa” container to the Spīķeri Creative Quarter for August-September 2014. “Café Europa” was an innovation lab for the general public, featuring creative workshops and other exciting activities exploring the interactions between art, science, sustainability, social process and innovations – and at the same it also was a great place to visit to for a cup of coffee and meeting friends. A number of such containers across Europe connected several European cities, putting Riga at the centre of this communication network in 2014.

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