Twenty-seven students from the Latvian Academy of Culture, Rīga Technical University, Latvian Academy of Art, and the University of Liepāja are joining the international project “Future Divercities”, implemented by the Liepāja Culture Department in September, representing the public art initiative "Creative public spaces - Leave a comment on Liepāja". The initiative seeks to explore the unique past and present of Liepāja, highlighting its transformation from an industrial city and closed military territory into a dynamic 21st century city with global reach.
27 students from the Latvian Academy of Culture, Rīga Technical University, Latvian Academy of Art, and the University of Liepāja have already visited Liepāja, explored its Karosta and parts of the Freedom Trail, and recorded their impressions in questionnaires that will be used in the Future Divercities project for mapping and assessing the environmental status and development opportunities of the Karosta. Currently, the students are developing digital graphics to be displayed at an exhibition in Liepāja on 29 September and to participate in a discussion on Liepāja's creative open spaces.
"Liepāja can be proud of its rich historical heritage – the dreary occupation period, the rise of industrialisation and intriguing links with French culture and architecture. So, it is noteworthy that with this project we seek to explore aspects of Liepāja's history and character, and encourage local residents and city guests to become part of the project by vocalising their visions," says Leonarda Ķestere, expert of the initiative "Creative public spaces: Leave a comment on Liepāja".
Students' exhibition will be opened on 29 September at 12.00 on the front of the building at Stūrmaņu Street 1, while from 14.00 an eight-topic discussion panel "Liepaja's paradoxical geographies - any comments?" will take place in the Great Amber Concert Hall's Chamber Hall. The discussion will focus on the following topics: the history and present of the Karosta; the biodiversity and ecological preservation of Liepāja; the impact of the occupation on the city's identity; the Great Amber concert hall; rock music and its influence on the city's identity; the paradoxical nature of Liepāja; Liepāja's links with French culture and architecture; equality and inclusion.
We kindly invite you to take part in the opening of the exhibition and the panel discussion that are free of charge.
Until 2025, all project activities will be carried out in nine European cities – Berlin (Germany), Zagreb and Split (Croatia), Kuopio (Finland), Marseille (France), Florence (Italy), Timişoara (Romania), Eleusis (Greece) and also in Liepāja.
The project is implemented within the framework of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
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