Baseline study for Liepāja 2027 will be carried out by the Latvian Academy of Culture

Baseline study for Liepāja 2027 will be carried out by the Latvian Academy of Culture

An open tender for drafting an evaluation study for the project “Liepāja – European Capital of Culture 2027 (Liepāja 2027)” has been completed. The baseline study will be carried out in 2024 by the Latvian Academy of Culture.

The study will analyse the impact of this project on socio-economic development, public engagement, and cultural identity in Liepāja, the South Kurzeme and Kuldīga regions ((Un)Rest Land). The baseline study follows an open tender process announced back in December 2023, that attracted five bidders. The Latvian Academy of Culture stood out due to its most qualified expertise in cultural impact assessment, offering the EUR 41,000 (excluding VAT) contractual budget for implementation of the study.

The study represents a key step in measuring the effectiveness of Liepāja 2027, which holds the coveted title of European Capital of Culture in 2027. A follow-up, comparative study is planned for 2027 to track the project’s long-term effects (and will be contracted separately).

Together, these studies will provide valuable insights for Liepāja 2027 organizers, policymakers, and the community at large, ensuring the project leaves a lasting and positive impact on the region.

The baseline study will assess how the project’s cultural activities influence various aspects of life in the region, including international and local cooperation and how will partnerships between Liepāja and neighbouring municipalities strengthen as a result of the project; public participation and how will Liepāja 2027 activities impact public engagement in shaping the local environment; how and whether the quality of life of residents will be improved through digital services; mapping and strengthening elements of the (Un)Rest Land’s identity, as well as explore changes in the public perception regarding participation in various societal processes.

You can read the tender documentation in the e-procurement system: