01 October 2020 to 02 October 2020

IETM Multi-location in Riga

The local Plenary meeting in Riga, Latvia, will be hosted by our member New Theatre Institute of Latvia (Latvijas Jaunā teātra institūts) in collaboration with Gertrude Street Theater (Ģertrūdes ielas teātris). Please find below the introduction by the local hosts, as well as their programme and practical information to help you plan your stay in Riga.

Important update: Please note that a 10 day self-isolation is now compulsory arriving from any European country.


Introduction by the local hosts

In contemplating what matters now?,  we are looking towards our neighbours and asking “if travelling is not realistic towards the west (and the rest) – how can we strengthen and build stronger corporations here?”

Over two days in October we will establish the The Baltic/Finnish Bubble in Riga, presented by Latvijas Jauna Teatra Instituts (New Theatre Institute of Latvia) and Ģertrūdes ielas teātris (Gertrudes Street Theatre). We invite our colleagues, non-members, artists, devoted audience and citizens to join us in conversation as we envisage a recentring of Europe towards the East. 

This program is a frame that will be filled with the voices, opinions and provocations from the people in the room. It’s our shared responsibility to make a dynamic and progressive meeting. Should you have any additions to the program or would like to present anything specific we encourage you to get in touch with the Riga team.

Registrations for this physical local meeting closed on 30 September. You can still join the full online programme.



The following on-site programme of the local meeting in Riga prepared by the local hosts will include the participation in the main IETM online programme (marked as working sessions on the page), to which all the locations of the Multi-location Plenary will simultaneously connect on 1 and 2 October.

All the daytime and artistic programme sessions will be held in the Ģertrūdes ielas teātris. The local meeting in Riga will be held in English / Pasākums notiks angļu valodā bez tulkojuma. 

To connect to the online sessions of the main IETM online programme, please click on the title of the sessions below and you'll be redirected to the session page, where the link to connect is displayed.

CEST: Central European Summer Time / EEST: Eastern European Summer Time (local time in Riga)

Thursday, 1 October - 2020. gada 1. oktobris

/ 11:00 - 11:30 EEST Arrival / Coffee
Ierašanās / Kafija


11:30 - 12:00 EEST Introduction into the meeting / Each other Iepazīšanās
Short informal introductions 
/ 12:00 - 13:30 EEST

What is happening in the Baltics now?
Kas notiek Baltijas reģionā šobrīd?

What are the dynamics between small and big, centre and periphery, rich and poor? And how the Covid restrictions could help to change the focus from the centre of Europe to the neighbouring countries?  What are the potentialities for mutual creativity and production in the region? How could the Baltics become an established platform that is known in the world? 

These and other topics will be discussed in this first discussion initiated by the shared impulse-talks by the participants.

/ 13:30 - 14:30 EEST Lunch
14:00 - 17:00 CEST 15:00 - 18:00 EEST

Main IETM online programme: What matters now? / Kas šobrīd ir svarīgi?
The theme of the Multi-location Plenary Meeting will allow us to speak out on what truly matters in the different context in which we now evolve. A series of short addresses from speakers with versatile backgrounds will trigger live and online, local and international discussions.

/ 18:00 - 19:00 EEST

What matters now? / What happens next? 
Kas šobrīd ir svarīgi? / Kas notiks tālāk?

Responses and Replies In 100 dot points: a document of 100 dot points is to be made democratically. A limit of 1 – 2 lines per idea. There will be one pen. One long piece of paper. 

Discussion to directly respond to the provocations put forth by IETM and ask how we want to imagine the further development.

/ 19:00 - late

Performance: Wood Paths by Andrejs Jarovojs, Rūdolfs Gediņš, Edgars Samītis and Rūdolfs Bekičs
In his exploration of various means of artistic expression director Andrejs Jarovojs pays special attention to the use of figurative stage language, the interplay of signs, and personal communication with the spectator. Each performance is a special microcosm with its own rules, which creates a meeting place for the imaginations of the artists and the audience.

With Wood Paths Andrejs Jarovojs returns to non-text-based theatre. It is physical and visual performance. Through playing with the materiality, symmetry and asymmetry of wood, the creative team speaks directly about humans and culture, exploring the rules for the coexistence of the old and the new, the relationship and the developmental potential between the two. It is a mandala-like performance about the never-ending human striving to create order in the world around us and the short-lived victories in this effort.

More Information and Tickets

Friday, 2 October - 2020. gada 2. oktobris

/ 10:30 - 11:00 EEST Open Venue / First arrival
Telpas atvēršana / Ierašanās 
10:00 - 11:00 CEST 11:00 - 12:00 EEST Main IETM online programme: Pitchorama / IETM
Paziņojumi / organizē IETM

This brand new session will showcase a series of 6 projects pitched by IETM members in 5-minute videos before leaving room for questions and feedback from participants.
/ 12:00 - 12:30 EEST Coffee Break 
Kafijas pauze
/ 12:30 - 14:00 EEST

“Little strokes fell great oaks”
"Mazs cinītis gāž lielu vezumu"

Covid-19, in itself is a tiny molecule, but in large numbers and hijacking existing mobility, it has managed to impact the globe. 

Maybe this strategy can be adopted by artists from smaller countries too? With the performing arts situation rapidly evolving and the large crowded events not viable until there is a vaccine or more research, could this be a moment for hypermobility of the work created independently in the Baltics? 

In this discussion we will invite artists and practitioners to offer visions and future strategies and international collaboration.

/ 14:00 - 15:00 EEST Lunch 
14:00 - 15:30 CEST 15:00 - 16:30 EEST Main IETM online programme: IETM info cell
IETM jaunumi

An hour of valuable information on IETM: overview of the current and upcoming activities and projects, update on the recent and forthcoming policy and advocacy work, and introduction to the different working groups of IETM.
/ 16:30 - 18:30 EEST 

Long Table Closing Discussion
Garā galda noslēguma diskusija

At the end of our two days together we will gather, inspired by Louis Weaver, around a long table where we will enjoy a feast of conversation. The dinner party format will be ignited by artists, where the conversation goes it up to everyone in the room. 

/ 18:30 - late
Farewell Drinks 

We encourage participants to come for the two days, however everyone is welcome to be present at anytime. We will provide: tea, coffee, water and wine in the evenings. We encourage participants to bring lunch to continue conversations during the breaks or purchase their lunch in nearby places.

For more information about the local programme in Riga, please get in touch directly with Bek Berger on +371 202 837 61 or at [email protected].


Covid-19 regulations

Before booking your travel please check the travel regulations of your destination. Please also make sure to check the regulations of the country where you are based, which might still limit the destinations to which you can travel.

Please be aware that local Covid-19 regulations may affect your journey as well as the event until the very last minute. For the latest information please feel free to check the official governmental information here.

The maximum capacity of the event is around 40 but we can shift locations if we receive a lot of registrations.



Ģertrūdes ielas teātris

Ģertrūdes iela 101a, iekšpagalma māja, 2.stāvs
Rīga, LV-1009, Latvija
+371 22 020 616

The venue is partially accessible. We recommend anyone with access requirements to contact us directly at [email protected]. We will ensure that anyone who wants to take part in the meeting will be able to. 



In the city

Riga's city centre has a lot of cobblestone roads and crossings and no audio/tactile crossings. 

At the meeting

It is our aim to make IETM meetings as accessible as possible. However, it may not be possible to offer services at every location and, therefore, we recommend that you check the accessibility conditions of the location of your interest.

In order to meet the needs as much as possible, we collect your access requirements when you create your account and register for the meeting. Regarding speech-to-text captioning, we can only guarantee captions for the main IETM online programme (marked as working sessions on the page).

If you have any questions regarding the overall accessibility of the local meeting in Riga, you are welcome to write to Bek Berger at [email protected]



By plane

Riga Airport (RIX) is connected to most major cities in Europe. The airport is about 30 mins out of the city centre by taxi or bus. 

By ferry, bus or train

There are multiple ferry routes from Germany, Finland and Sweden. Additionally, Tallinn is 4.5 hours away by bus and has additional ferry routes.

Riga bus terminal
Prāgas iela 1, Latgales priekšpilsēta,
Rīga, LV-1050

Main railway station
Stacijas laukums 2,
Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050

Public transport

Public transport is easily accessible in Riga with bus and tram tickets sold at most convenience stores. Additionally, the car share service Bolt is extremely popular with almost all trips within the city between €3-4. 



All accommodation services have returned to normal, including hotels and Airbnb.


Eating out                 

Tables are limited to a maximum of 4 people when seating indoors and 8 people outdoors. The use of facemasks is recommended in most public spaces and clients need to respect a 2-metre safety distance. Check here for more information.



For any question regarding the local meeting in Riga, please get in touch directly with Bek Berger on +371 202 837 61 or at [email protected]

Image in banner: © Anna Auza