Riga 2014 hosts international forum on the place of neighbourhoods on a city’s cultural map

On Friday 16 November, the Riga 2014 Foundation will be holding a public forum Neighbourhood Culture in 58 Cities. All those interested are invited to attend the forum where representatives of Riga and other former, current and future European Capitals of Culture will present the most striking examples of residents’ participation in neighbourhood activities. Thanks to Riga 2014 Partner Lattelecom, the forum will be freely available on a live webcast.

As cities grow, the infrastructure and cultural environment of neighbourhoods makes them major centres. This trend can be seen clearly in the context of Riga. “One of the most important European Capital of Riga goals is to build a city with many active cultural epicentres providing both free access to cultural events and opportunities for people to actively participate in cultural processes” emphasised Diāna Čivle, Director of the Riga 2014 Foundation.

“Riga is made up of 58 neighbourhoods, each of which is home to its idiosyncratic people, environment, memories and events. The Forum will feature discussions on how to make further use of neighbourhoods’ hidden potential to shape our urban environment so that it is people-friendly and fulfils residents’ needs” pointed out Diāna Čivle.

Forum participants will hear about neighbourhood development experience in Liverpool in the UK, Essen, Germany; Turku Finland; Guimarães, Portugal and Marseille, France. In turn, a guest speaker from Japan will show how a European Capital of Culture photographer changed the lives of Japanese schoolchildren.

The role of neighbourhoods in the European Capital of Culture programme will be outlined by Riga 2014 Curator Gundega Laiviņa. Kristīne Kizlo, with her team, and Baiba Giptere will report on the courtyard movement, while Lattelecom’s Chief Technology Officer Uldis Tatarčuks will talk on the significance of wireless internet in facilitating access to cultural events for an ever wider audience.

This will already be the third international forum organised by the Riga 2014Foundation. Riga 2014 forums analyse topics relevant to preparations for the European Capital of Culture year and to the city’s long-term development.

All people interested in the development of the urban environment and cultural opportunities are invited to participate in the forum Neighbourhood Culture in 58 Cities. Register by 14 November by calling 67043639 or e-mailing riga2014@riga2014.org.

The forum will held at the Architecture and Media Centre H2O 6 of the Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration (RISEBA), Ūdens ielā 6 (formerly the Grīvas mēbeles factory).

The live webcast of the forum will be shown on dedicated Lattelecom internet TV channel Riga 2014 Forum. Look for it on the LiveTV page at www.lattelecom.tv. The channel will only operate on 16 November.

More information: http://riga2014.org/en/2012/11/09/riga-2014-aicina-uz-starptautisku-forumu-par-apkaimju-vietu-pilsetas-kulturas-karte/