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The annual Creativity week «radi!» aims to highlight local achievements, as well as the potential of creative and culture industries and their interaction with other sectors. This year, the main events of the Creativity week will take place from October 9 to 15, while various satellite events in Riga and other regions of Latvia will begin this week and continue for more than a month.

Stories Editorial October 3, 2017

The organisers of the Creativity week «radi!» invites everyone who is interested to discover the «radi!2017» agenda, and participate in the upcoming discussions, seminars, workshops, think tanks, conferences and other creative activities.

Main events of «radi!2017»

Reinhold Schmeling’s conference

One of the first opening events of «radi!2017» is the annual «Reinhold Schmeling’s conference — Livable City Forum Riga», which will take place from October 4 to 6 and will be dedicated to the adaptation of architecture and the urban environment to the development of modern science centres. The key topic this year will be «How to create a successful city: architecture and urban planning as part of the knowledge economy», and the lectors of the conference will discuss elements of the knowledge economy such as academic centres, knowledge and technology quarters and the innovation–driven urban environment.

Discussion «Design and entrepreneurship»

On October 5, the second of four discussions regarding the role of business in state administration, entrepreneurship, education and development of state reputation will take place. This time, participants in the discussion «Design and entrepreneurship» will talk about design as a strategic tool in entrepreneurship — about design competency in the development of various businesses, and in the context of economy processes on a national level. Participants in the discussion will be as follows: Minister for Economics of the Republic of Latvia Arvils Ašeradens, and various business representatives — Ingmārs Pūķis, Aldis Circenis, Alise Baltgalve, among others.

Visual Understanding Week

The programme will continue with the second Visual Understanding Week of the University of Latvia from October 9 to 14, which aims at promoting interest in the significance of visual understanding in the modern world of images, and, by drawing inspiration from cultural heritage, to create new ideas and long–term values. All week long, various lectures and creative workshops will take place every afternoon, giving a wide insight into different contexts of visual understanding problems and the education process.


From October 9 to 15, «radi!2017» will host the annual UNESCO Week. Knowledge of the country’s diverse natural and cultural heritage is an invaluable resource for inspiration, innovation and development, therefore this year the topic for UNESCO Week is «Cultural heritage in use», and the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO invites everyone to use this week to focus on topics that tangible and intangible cultural heritage faces every day, particularly highlighting the significance of culinary heritage and its role in the promotion of sustainable tourism.

Lecture on fashion and new technologies

On 11 October, the Art Academy of Latvia will host an educational lecture «Fashion and new technologies — modern trends» with the participation of the French expert Claire Eliot. Innovative textile products is the theme that Institut français de Lettonie offers to discuss within the Creativity week «radi!», therefore it has invited the artist to share her experience of working with interactive textiles and her passion for fashion and new technologies.

«BalTicket Partnership and Creativity Forum»

Also, on October 11, the «BalTicket Partnership and Creativity Forum» will take place, inviting event organisers to share their knowledge and experience on how to attract the target audience and effectively use opportunities provided by digital marketing. During the forum participants will discover ways to attract their audience and persuade it in this information–abundant period; the discussion will involve industry experts such as Mārcis Gulbis, Board Member at «Untitled», Ģirts Majors, «Positivus» festival organiser, Artūrs Mednis, digital marketing expert, and others.

Conference on opportunities of abandoned buildings and creative industries

Meanwhile, 12 October will offer a conference «Riga: Empty space + creative industries = Creative space–making?» on the development opportunities of abandoned buildings and creative industries; the conference will only be available with prior reservation. The conference and creative workshops will gather industry opinion leaders, experts, practical staff, developers and civil society representatives from Latvia, Germany, Denmark and France, who are able to appreciate the potential of empty buildings and envisage territorial planning and support for creative industries as an opportunity for a new beginning and economic development of Riga.


Full agenda of the Creativity week «radi!2017» and registration links is available on its webpage.