Forum Riga – A Soul for Europe

We would like to inform you about the following cultural conference in this year’s European Capital of Culture, Riga 2014:

Forum RigaCities for Europe.
Freedom. Responsibility. Action.

November 11, 2014 – 9:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

New Latvian National Library Riga


“A Soul for Europe” is delighted to invite you, together with Riga, European Capital of Culture 2014. This conference in Latvia’s capital is an occasion to discuss the unalienable value of freedom and the role of cities and citizens in strengthening the European unification process, thereby strengthening democracy.


At the same time, Forum Riga will be the network meeting of the “Cities for Europe” initiative.

Topics to be discussed:

Riga for Europe – visions and reality. A Model for ECoCs and European cities?

Europe in our cities: Culture as a driving force – Citizens as actors

Europe from bottom-up: Active citizenship – freedom and responsibility in Europe 2014

Panelists include: Kathrin Deventer (Secretary General of the European Festivals Association / “A Soul for Europe” Strategy Group), Doris Pack (former MEP), Andrej Kurkow (Ukrainian Author), Hella Dunger-Löper (Commissioner for European Affairs and Commissioner for Active Citizenship at the Berlin Senate Chancellery) and Aiva Rozenberga (Head of Programme of Foundation Riga 2014) and Rariţa Zbranca (President of AltArt / “A Soul for Europe” Strategy Group).

The conference will be accompanied by a European Marketplace in the lobby of the venue: Projects and activities from different parts of Europe show “Europe in practice”. They illustrate how Citizens live Europe every day in their Cities and Regions.

Official Conference Hotel: Maritim Park Hotel Riga, close to the Conference Venue.