What is the role and place of the diversity of local cultures, heritage and traditions in our contemporary and multicultural context? How may the dialogue between past and present, local and global, singular and collective be a source of resilience and creativity for our European societies? How do we take this diversity into account in our cultural institutions as well as in our democratic models? Such issues take an even greater topicality at a time of tension between globalisation, erosion of social link and temptations of identitarian closures in Europe.
Cultural Centres have a wide diversity of practices regarding local cultures, traditional arts and heritage. How do they support citizens and cultural communities in enhancing their singularity and in connecting with others? How do they foster critical thinking, emancipation and debate to sustain shared visions?
This Project Fair will allow to address these subjects from the rich Latvian perspective, but also with a diversity of European and International approaches. The programme features a mix of plenary conference, participative workshops and networking times in order to stimulate inspiration, share ideas and practices, build projects and partnerships.
The Project Fair will be a great opportunity to connect with the dynamism of Latvian cultural and creative stakeholders. Beyond the specific topic of ‘Roots in contemporary societies', we will propose you some specific spaces to build new interconections and capacities: Skills bank, Project Bank, European projects. We are also eager to share with you the last developments in our programmes and projects, in which we hope to get you involve: BECC staff exchange programme, Reccord, Rural development, audience development...
We are look forward seeing you in Riga !