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.
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.
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.
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?
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||
IETM online programme: What matters now? / Kas šobrīd ir svarīgi?
|/||18:00 - 19:00 EEST||
What matters now? / What happens next?
Discussion to directly respond to the provocations put forth by IETM and ask how we want to imagine the further development.
|/||19:00 - late EEST||
Performance: Wood Paths by Andrejs Jarovojs, Rūdolfs Gediņš, Edgars Samītis and Rūdolfs Bekičs
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.
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||Pitchorama / IETM
Paziņojumi / organizē IETM
This brand new session will showcase a series of 6 projects pitched by IETM members in 3-minute videos before leaving room for questions and feedback from participants.
|/||12:00 - 12:30 EEST||Coffee Break
|/||12:30 - 14:00 EEST||
“Little strokes fell great oaks”
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||IETM info cell
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
|/||18:30 - late EEST||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].
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 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].
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,
Main railway station
Stacijas laukums 2,
Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050
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.
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].
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