Creativity week radi!2017
October 2017 was particularly creative and full of exciting events, as the seventh Creativity Week radi!2017 was taking place and being implemented on an even larger scale. For more than a month participants gathered in 24 fascinating, educating and inspiring events; several radi!2017 events took place in Riga and elsewhere in the regions of Latvia during November, the month of the country’s anniversary, however the final closing event is to be expected in December. Also, this time the aim of Creativity Week was to highlight the local ideas, talents, achievements, as well as the potential of creative and culture industries and their interaction with other sectors. Moreover, this autumn’s events within radi! were also organised outside Latvia, gathering representatives of creative industries and promoting international experience exchange.
"radi!2017 marked several new and topical trends, which were highlighted this year with the support of our professional team and partners: creation of partnership, transfer of inter-branch competencies, application of design thinking to everyday life processes, development of urban environment and architecture, new creation and generation of new ideas, co-working, use of the potential of degraded territories, promotion of visual understanding processes, studying the cultural heritage, as well as decorative arts and culinary heritage, involvement of the regions of Latvia and their inhabitants, including minorities and youth, and interaction of new technologies with creative industries. At the beginning of radi!2017 week, representatives of various industries were invited to ask themselves a question, “Is Latvia user friendly?”, which made everyone reflect on the current achievements and aspects to be improved in the future to make the surrounding environment more comprehensible and friendly. Ideas created are currently being implemented and will be developed further when planning the event calendar for radi!2018, which will be set in the mood of the centenary of Latvia,” says Līva Stūrmane, radi!2017 coordinator.
Since particular stress was placed on the involvement of the regional population, the recent events gathered culture and creative industry representatives, entrepreneurs, municipality and NGO sector workers, as well as other interested parties in the “Design thinking workshop in Daugavpils” and “Design thinking workshop in Lūznava Manor”. The aim of the workshop was to introduce participants to design thinking methods in order to identify client needs and ensure effective communication that would help successfully implement ideas and projects by attracting an audience. Meanwhile the workshop at Lūznava Manor was dedicated to the potential of the manor’s complex, participants learnt the design approach, offering creative ideas regarding the ways to fill the degraded manor buildings with live content and inhabitants. Similar brainstorming activities were also implemented at the end of October during the Creativity Lab academy workshop for state authority staff, which gave the participants basic knowledge for the application of design thinking to the development of public services and processes to make them more user-friendly.
In November, the discussion “Design in education” within the third discussion cycle “Design of Latvia 2020” took place, which gathered widely experienced experts and various interested parties at the Art Academy of Latvia to share opinions about the inclusion of design thinking in the education of various industries, as well as current market trends and society development trends, thus once more proving the significant role of design thinking and doing. The fourth discussion “Role of design in establishing state reputation”, which closes the radi!2017 events, will follow on 19 December; it will consider the interaction of design and the public image of the state from various perspectives.
Full agenda of Creativity week with a broader description and application links is available at http://www.radilatvija.lv/lv/notikumi. You can also follow radi!2017 latest news via social media on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. #radilv. radi!2017 publicity materials are available in the media folder: http://ej.uz/radi_mediju_mape.
Initiators: The Ministry of Culture, The British Council in Latvia. Strategic partners: Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture, UNESCO Latvian National Commission, Danish Cultural Institute, Institut français, Goethe Institute in Latvia. Event partners: The Nordic Council of Ministers in Latvia, Royal Danish Embassy in Latvia, Ministry of Economics, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The State Chancellery, The Latvian School of Public Administration, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, Latvian Institute, Riga City Architect's Office, Latvian creative industries' communication platform FOLD, Riga Planning Region, Vidzeme Planning Region, Creative industries incubator, Latvian Music Export Office, Art Academy of Latvia, Latvian Academy of Culture, University of Latvia, Creativity Lab, The Red Jackets, Design Elevator, Ticket Service, Social Entrepreneurship Association of Latvia, Valmiera City Council, Valmiera Development Agency, Liepaja City Council, Liepaja City Culture Department, Liepaja Business Incubator, etc.
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