In June, an international conference We Are Museums 2017 will be held in Riga

From 12 to 14 June 2017, Riga will become a venue for international conference We Are Museums 2017. The conference will gather the European and international museums community to Riga for 3 days of encounters at the intersection of culture and innovation.

We Are Museums is the meeting place to create meaningful relationships between museums and their environment and connect the best practitioners of the sector. This year, an international forum will be hosted at the Latvian National Museum of Art (main building, Jaņa Rozentāla laukums 1) and the Art Academy of Latvia (O. Kalpaka bulvāris 13), as well as in several iconic venues across Riga. The event is divided into two distinct formats.

During a two-day conference, museums will be at the center of discussions and debates, with a particular focus on inclusion, empathy and social added value. The conference covers the current challenges for museum professionals comprehensively, from technology to attracting new audiences as museums develop collaboration and become resources for the world.

2017 Programme of talks features the Louvre Museum (France), the Australian Center of Moving Image (Australia), Tate and the Wellcome Collections (United Kingdom), the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt (Germany), the Andy Warhol Museum (USA), National Museum of Warsaw and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (Poland), Latvian National Museum of Art (Latvia), National Museum of Estonia (Estonia), the Helsinki City Museum (Finland), Statens Museum for Kunst and the Women’s Museum in Arhus (Denmark), Nordiska Museet (Sweden) for a total of 40 speakers and workshop leaders.

Tech Loves Culture is the event for cultural startups, entrepreneurship and museums, which will take place on 14 June 2017 at Kanepe Culture Center. It features 30 exhibiting young startups from the Baltics and Europe and will gather the creative and entrepreneurial ecosystem of Riga, fueled by a thriving digital and startup economy.

We Are Museums Riga conference is co-organised with the Latvian National Museum of Art and in the partnership with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia. It is supported by the Latvian Association of Museums, State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, Art Academy of Latvia, kim? Contemporary Art Centre, ABLV Charitable Foundation, Goethe-Institut Riga, Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia, the Embassy of Poland in Latvia, Institut français de Lettonie, the Network of European Museums Organisations, LG Electronics Latvia, Coffee Inn Latvia, Valmiermuižas alus, Laima, Taxify and Lux Express Latvia. Tech Loves Culture main supporter is ABLV Charitable Foundation and it is organized in copperation with TechHub Riga and LG Electronics Latvia.

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Diane Drubay, France / Germany

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Anna Balandina, Head of the Communication Department in Latvian National Museum of Art

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Press release prepared by:
Natalie Suyunshalieva
Head of Press
The Latvian National Museum of Art
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