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Exhibition presents Riga as a city where elderly citizens can lead respectable lives

31.03.2014

Exhibition “Old Age”, part of the European Capital of Culture Programme of Riga, opens at 6/1 Zigfrīda Annas Meirovica Boulevard on April 5, introducing a conceptual urban environment design and offering visitors a chance to feel what it is like to be a senior. The exhibition will also feature thematic events for elderly citizens and young people.

Exhibition “Old Age”, part of the European Capital of Culture Programme of Riga, opens at 6/1 Zigfrīda Annas Meirovica Boulevard on April 5, introducing a conceptual urban environment design and offering visitors a chance to feel what it is like to be a senior. The exhibition will also feature thematic events for elderly citizens and young people.

The idea of the exhibition is based on “Eurostat” forecasts, which say that 35.7% of Latvia’s population will be aged 65 and more in 2060. Hence the various scenarios explored at the exhibition, which all are aimed at making Riga a perfect place for senior residents to live, with beautiful environment and adequate, interesting daily life.

The authors of the idea are the design studio “Rijada” in collaboration with Kristaps Grundšteins and SIA “Design Catering”. 

The exhibition is part of “The Long Walk” project that presents three design-related events in Riga in 2014: exhibition “Old Age” in April, setting up callisthenic equipment in various Riga neighbourhoods as part of the “Gym” project in May, and children’s furniture design exhibition “Kidsroomzoom” in October. The objective of the project is to explore the interaction between the environment and people, showing that design is closely associated with our daily routines.

More about the exhibition “Old Age” and other projects: www.garapastaiga.lv.