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For the 9th time – the popular contemporary art festival “Survival Kit” is here


Ambitious annual event this fall will focus on global cognation through the nature.

The beautiful month of September this year will come again with the more ambitious contemporary art event in the Baltic States – the “Survival Kit”. This year its name is “gather into apples *tree *mushrooming *glacier *shell'y *deer'y *bats *canary”, and it will focus on the expansion of global perception and learning from nature.

“Survival Kit” will take place from 8th September to 1st October in Riga, at the former Faculty of biology building of University of Latvia, on Kronvalda Boulevard 4.

The main event of the Festival, just like in other years, will be an international art exhibition in which the works for viewing is offered by several dozen bright, an internationally recognized artists from many countries in the world: Maria Thereza Alves, Laurie Anderson, Jonathas de Andrade, Lotta Antonsson, Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Annika Eriksson, Jim Holyoak, Nona Inescu, Britta Marakatt-Labba and others. 

While creating the exhibition there's a question being asked – is it possible to create more common understanding of the world by sympathizing and digesting other creatures, while avoiding the central role of a human being in learning processes?

“We live in a time where the world is interpreted by using the populism and conservative nationalism, and a reckless use of nature occurs, that's why “Survival Kit 9” will be directed to the awareness of a new experience and senses, emphasizing other world perceptions and ways of learning,” says the festival's curator team.

Festival “Survival Kit” for the first time took place in 2009. It was created as a reaction to economic crisis in Latvia with the aim to encourage the society to respond to changes in today's world, and think about various survival strategies. Each year the festival chooses the theme that is topical and important in the society.

Empty buildings of Riga are used as the festival's venue, thus offering a new development strategy for planning the city's design.

In the past years, the festival has become the most ambitious exhibition of contemporary art in the Baltic States, which each time calls together around 20 000 visitors.