Riga, Latvia, will be a European Capital of Culture in 2014. The title for the city’s cultural programme is Force Majeure which signifies a mighty force, both unexpected and foreseeable, accumulated through global and individual obstructions and problems. The aim is to strengthen the blief that culture can change the lives of people and cities for the better.
The programme has six main chapters:
Freedom Street focuses on issues of power and freedom and is rooted in the fact that 2014 will mark 100 years since the beginning of World War I.
- Survival Kit offers synergy of ancient skills with modern knowledge across a variety of cultural forms.
- The Road Map invites everyone to discover the unknown Riga and think about city development issues.
- Amber Vein seeks to showcase the historial Amber Route through the Baltic Sea down to the Black Sea.
- Thirst for the Ocean focuses on the human striving for intellectual and spiritual values and wisdom.
- Riga Carnival will give everyone the opportunity to forget the ordianry and mundane, instead providing a time and place to rejoice and mingle.
Throughout the year there will be several book exhibitions, solo concerts by global music stars born in Latvia and an open-air concert in high summer, operatic performances including two original pieces, historic exhibitions of art, theatrical plays focusing on relationships and power, the traditional June solstice celebration – Jāņi, the World Choir Games, documentary films, the launch of creative quarters and a science festival.
For more information on Riga’s Capital of Culture programme go here.