Co-creation in arts, culture and heritage
Time and place
The third meeting took place in Cesis, Latvia, 11 - 12 November 2019
Bente von Schindel, MOF (DK)
Hans Jørgen Vodsgaard, IF (DK)
Trond Handberg, VM (NO),
Ilona Asare , Culturelab (LV)
Justina Jakstaite, OAM (LT).
Aim and objectives
The aim was to summarize the state of the project and lead the way forward for the project work.
The objectives were:
Agenda and minutes
Cēsis is a town in northeastern Latvia, with around 18,000 inhabitants. The city fuses together medieval history and contemporary culture. The rich cultural heritage stemming from as early as the 9th century lets anyone visiting feel like they are experiencing time travel. Spanning from Stone and Bronze Age dwellings at the Āraiši Lake Castle to the intricate interior motifs of the 18th century Cēsis New Castle.
With over 800 years of history, Cesis is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Baltics. Fanning out from the square surrounding legendary St. John’s Church, the narrow streets of the Old Town have preserved their centuries-old layout and entice visitors with creative shops and cosy cafes.
Cesis Medieval Castle and its surrounding park is a superb place to enjoy nature and history, as well as pop, folk and classical concerts in summer. The castle offers a historical exhibition, a workshop making traditional Latvian jewellery as well as archery and other medieval activities. And after dark, don’t miss a chance to see the castle on a spine-tingling torchlight tour.
Cesis has a talent for complementing its ancient heritage with cutting edge creative events. The new Cesis Concert Hall is the musical centre of the Vidzeme region, and the adjacent Insignia gallery offers exhibitions by Latvian and foreign artists. The annual Cesis Art Festival is a month-long feast of theatre, cinema, music, visual arts and performance events held at locations throughout the town.