Invitation to Participate in Citizen Voting Meetings on Project Implementation on European Day

Invitation to Participate in Citizen Voting Meetings on Project Implementation on European Day

To determine which projects submitted to the project competition by the foundation "Liepāja 2027" (Liepāja 2027) will receive funding for the realization of their ideas, we invite you to participate in citizen voting meetings. During these meetings, the applicants of the projects included in the second round will present their ideas, and voting will take place. The meetings will take place in a hybrid format - participants can attend both in person and remotely via the Zoom online platform.

Voting in person for projects submitted in the Kuldīga district will take place on Wednesday, April 3, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Kuldīga Art House (1095.gada iela 6, Kuldīga). For projects submitted in the South Kurzeme district, it will be on Thursday, April 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Grobiņa Library (Skolas iela 4, Grobiņa), and for projects submitted in Liepāja, it will be on Tuesday, April 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Pegaza Courtyard (Kuršu iela 20, Liepāja).

Anyone interested can participate in the meetings by filling out this registration form in advance:

In the first round, an expert commission, composed of Maija Jankovska, a community engagement expert from Liepāja 2027, Ģirts Jankovskis, a community engagement expert, and playwright Evarts Melnalksnis, selected the most suitable projects out of a total of 19 submitted projects to advance to the second round. Seventeen projects made it to the second round.

The final decision on supported projects will be made by the board of "Liepāja 2027" (Chairperson of the board Inta Šoriņa and board members Baiba Bartkeviča and Eva Ciekurze), taking into account recommendations from experts and citizens.

Projects included in the second round of the European Day microgrant competition are as follows:

In Liepāja:

"Europe and Me" (Association "Radi Vidi Pats")

Performative Action "Infinite Blue Skies" (Laura Feldberga)

Assemble the European Puzzle in Karosta! (Association Baringtons K2)

Brainstorm, Verbatim Theatre Performance (Irina Šengelija)

Nature Walk - Sensory Meditation(s) (Association "KLĀT.BŪTNE")

Musically Interactive Performance "4 Paw Journey through Europe" (Linda Štībele)

Active Search for Cultural Objects with a Guide ("Libau Active")

(DANCE) IN EUROPE! (Association "")

Graffiti Friendship Workshop at Liepāja Dzintars Secondary School (Association "PriekamPrieks")

Graffiti Textile Workshop at Liepāja Catholic Primary School (Viesturs Holenders/HolisArts)

In the Kuldīga district:

Light Stop "Laidi" (Association "MEMA")

European Festival on the Banks of the Venta River (Antra Grīnberga)

European Day Celebrations "Unified Dance on the Banks of the Venta River" (Association, line dance club "Jautrie zābaciņi")

European Day Mind Games (Sintija Šlēgele)

In the South Kurzeme district:

European Winds in South Kurzeme (Association "Ziemupīte" and active residents of Pāvilosta)

European Discoveries: Orienteering Game and Acoustic Music Concert (Association "StrettaART")

Evening of European Travel Stories (Sabīne Čirkše)

To promote community involvement through various cultural events, Liepāja 2027 announced a project competition in early March. In total, 19 project applications were submitted - 12 in Liepāja, three in South Kurzeme, and four in the Kuldīga district.

With a total funding allocation of €10,135, each selected project can receive €2,027 in support. Notably, five activities are scheduled to take place on Europe Day, May 9th, as part of this initiative—three in Liepāja, one in the South Kurzeme Region, and one in the Kuldīga Region.This call for projects was open for both individuals and organizations.

Individuals were to be either various artists (visual arts, performing arts, design, architecture, literature, cinema, etc.), or cultural event organizers, scientists, researchers, activists, chefs, game designers, inventors, and so on. Whereas organizations could have been represented by cultural institutions, associations, and companies working in the creative industries.

Alongside five events that will be supported by the call for proposals, other creative activities organized by Liepāja 2027 to celebrate Europe Day will take place on May 9. At 18:00, across the creative landscape of (un)rest – encompassing Liepāja's neighbourhoods, the towns of South Kurzeme, and Kuldīga – sails will be raised. These symbolic flags represent our collective voyage towards 2027, the year Liepāja dons the mantle of European Capital of Culture. All are invited to contribute to the sail designs, fostering a unique emblem that reflects the spirit and character of their specific neighbourhood, parish, or town. We will keep you posted about this collaborative sail campaign.

Furthermore, an exhibition showcasing artistic interpretations of the theme of (un)rest will debut on May 9, displayed across various shop windows in Liepāja.

The project competition is co-financed by the Liepāja City Municipality, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, and the Creative Europe project “CreArt 3.0 #STRINGING_TOGETHER” of the European Union.

About Europe Day: Europe Day is celebrated across Europe on May 9, with a diverse and wide range of events dedicated to peace and unity. It marks the anniversary of the historic Schuman Declaration. In his declaration, Robert Schuman set out the idea of establishing a new form of political cooperation in Europe that would make war between European nations unthinkable. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the origin of the current European Union.