European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC)

Tracing the Trails: for Inclusive Culture in Unequal Times

Riga, Latvia
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Our 2024 annual conference will take place in Riga, Latvia. It will be an exploration of culture's contribution to accessible societies, as well as a celebration of the network's thirtieth anniversary.

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Our 2024 annual conference will be dedicated to exploring the transformative roles socio-cultural centres can play in building more inclusive societies. With Tracing the Trails, we aim to foster exchanges between our members and beyond, creating opportunities for cross-sectorial cooperation and strategic partnerships, with a view to pursuing inclusive systemic change.

Tracing the Trails will be an invitation to problematise, get inspired, and conceive new approaches to access and inclusion, overcoming the silo mentality that often affects policy-making and organisations. It will also be an invitation to celebrate 30 years of ENCC, looking back at where we started, and gazing forward at where we're collectively headed. As usual, expect study visits, panel discussions, workshops, creativity, and walks in nature.

We want to give space to our members' voices and ideas: contribute to shaping the event by designing and facilitating a workshop. Send your proposals to coordinator Sara at sara.turra@encc.eu by February 29th - the more creative, the better.

The event is co-organised with our members the Association of Latvian Culture Centres and the Culture Association of Northern Riga, as well as the Latvian National Centre for Culture. Any questions? Feel free to reach out to Cigdem at cigdem.ozdemircelik@encc.eu or to Kristine at kristine.sulzanoka@riga.lv.

TUESDAY 4 JUNE

9:30 – 12:30 ENCC General Assembly (for ENCC members only)

12:30 – 14:00 Welcome lunch for all participants and registrations

14:00-14:30 Tracing the Trails: official opening

14:30 – 16:00 The transformative role of socio-cultural centres for a more inclusive society: panel discussion with:

  • Filip Pawlak, producer, performer and activist, advisory member of Europe Beyond Access

  • Zita Holbourne, trade unionist, human rights and equality activist, poet, writer and artist

  • Ivo Peeters, ENCC chairperson

  • Anda Laķe, doctor of sociology, professor at the Latfian Academy of Culture

  • Other speakers tbc

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00 Workshops by ENCC members:

18:00 – 19:00 Free time in the garden

19:00 ENCC's thirtieth anniversary party and dinner

WEDNESDAY 5 JUNE

9:00 – 9:30 Welcome and registrations

9:45 – 10:00 Keynote speech by Diana Anselmo, performer and activist

10:00 – 11:00 Just sustainability transitions: conversation between ENCC reseacher Anna Maria Ranczakowska and artist Kaspars Lielgalvis

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 Workshops

  • Doing gender! Cultural centers and initiatives as role models for gender equality, by Helena Walther and Beate Kegler, researchers at the UNESCO Chair for the Arts in Transformation, University of Hildesheim

  • FULCRUM project meeting (for FULCRUM partners only)

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break and free time

14:30 – 15:00 Presentation of ENCC's working group on inclusion and accessibility in socio-cultural centres and award ceremony of the winners of Up Grants 2024

15:00 - 16:15 Workshops by the winners of Up Grants 2024

  • Topic 1: E-inclusion and digital accessibility

  • Topic 2: Building inclusive narratives

  • Topic 3: Identification and removal of barriers for marginalised groups

  • Topic 4: Equality and diversity criteria in boards and management

16:30 – 19:00 Study visits

19:00 – 19:30 Concert at VEF Kultūras pils

19:30 Dinner

THURSDAY 6 JUNE

9:00 - 9:30 Welcome and slow start

9:30 – 11:00 Looking ahead: closing panel, with:

  • Viesturs Celmins, Managing Director at VEFRESH

  • Kirsi Mustalahti and and Kim Taewon, ACCAC Global

  • Other speakers tbc

11:15 – 12:30 In-depth workshop on EU funding by Creative Europe Desks, focusing on inclusion and accessibility in European cooperation projects

14:00 - 17:00 Guided tour of the old city and market (optional)

17:00 Departures

The main venue of the conference will be VEF Kultūras Pils, located in Ropažu iela 2, Vidzemes priekšpilsēta, Rīga.

How to get to VEF Kultūras Pils from Riga International Airport (P133, Mārupe, Mārupes novads, 1053, Latvia):

  • By public transport:

Take bus no 22 - Direction: Abrenes Iela

Stop: Uzvaras bulvāris (10 stops)

Then take Tram No 1 - Direction: Jugla

Stop: Uzvaras bulvāris (14 stops)

Conference Stop - Gustava Zemgala gatve

  • By car: 30-40 minute drive, depending on traffic

How to get to VEF Kultūras Pils from Riga Central Station (Rīga-Pasažieru, Stacijas laukums 2, Centra rajons, Rīga, 1050, Latvia):

  • By public transport:

Tram No 1 - Direction: Jugla

Stop: Stacijas laukums (10 stops)

Conference Stop - Gustava Zemgala gatve

  • By car: 20-25 minute drive, depending on traffic

Here is a list of hotels, apart-hotels and hostels close to the venue for your reference. We have also secured a promotional code for attendees of Tracing the Trails: to get it, send an email to Cigdem at cigdem.ozdemircelik@encc.eu (please note that the promotional code is NOT valid on booking.com).

RVR Smart Apartments Riga: prices range between EUR 30.00 per night (without kitchen) and EUR 40.00 per night (with kitchen).

Wellton Hotels:

  • Wellton Riga Hotel and Spa: 49 Valnu Street, Riga LV- 1050, Latvia (20 min tram ride from the venue)

  • Wellton Centrum Hotel and Spa: 33 Kaleju Street, Riga LV-1050, Latvia (20 min tram ride from the venue)

  • Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel: 33 11. novembra krastmala, Riga 1050, Latvia (25 min tram ride from the venue)

Rixwell Hotels:

  • Rixwell Gertrude Hotel: 70 Ģertrūdes iela, Riga 1009, Latvia (20 min tram ride from the venue)

  • Rixwell Old Riga Palace Hotel: 8/10 Minsterejas iela, Riga 1050, Latvia (25 min tram ride from the venue)

Rija Hotels:

  • Rija VEF Hotel - 199c Brīvības iela, Riga 1039, Latvia (6 min walk from the venue)

  • Rija Domus Hotel: 9 Tirgoņu iela, Riga 1050, Latvia (30 min tram ride from the Conference Centre)

Riga Old Town Hostel: Vaļņu iela 43, Centra rajons, Rīga 1050, Latvia (20 min tram ride from the venue)

Naughty Squirrel Hostel: 50 Kalēju iela, Centra rajons, Rīga 1050, Latvia (20 min tram ride from the venue)