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Creative physical space and its catalysts

While focussing on creative space success factors, methodologies and catalysts from the perspectives of private, state and NGO sectors, we evaluated and analysed the current situation and future vision of Latvia in fostering creative initiatives within the framework of the current economic downturn and post-Soviet context.

Andrew Erskine, a leading consultant on the creative economy and a Senior Associate of Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, moderated the seminar. Andrew's main focus is on innovation and the creative economy, with a special interest in entrepreneurship, strategic support initiatives, the business of culture, knowledge exchange and transfer, creative places and spaces. Much of his work involves projects that build connections across a variety of public agendas, including place making, regeneration, social inclusion and diversity, economic growth and sustainability.

Madle Lippus and Marten Kaevats from The New World Community and  Vaidas Jauniskis from The Arts Printing House shared their experience on the development and maintenance of creative spaces. The New World Community was created in 2006 in Tallinn, when a group of active, local people got together with the idea of changing their neighbourhood into an enjoyable living environment, which differentiates itself from the rest of the city. One of the main ideas of The New World Community is to change the streets into a lively public space, making the neighbourhood more open, friendly and attractive. The people behind the ideas are members of the community and professionals - architects, designers, conservators, journalists, specialists of transportation, academicians etc. The New World Community would like to be taken as an example for other neighbourhoods of Tallinn - so that there would be several interesting and enjoyable places in the capital of Estonia.

The Arts Printing House (Menų spaustuvė) - which was established in 2002 in a former printing house dating back to 1805 - produces different kinds of layouts, typecasts and linotypes – those that help develop a new understanding of creativity within a modern society. While having a unique history, the Arts Printing House strives to bring about change and become the first infrastructural complex for creative industries in Lithuania. It aims to foster creativity and support performing arts NGOs. In November 2004, Arts Printing House joined one of the oldest European cultural organizations network, Trans Europe Halles, which unites cultural centres established in non-traditional, often post-industrial spaces.

Take a look at the video of the seminar conclusion points prepared by Viesturs Celmins (Laboratory of Analytical and Strategic Studies).

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Videos

Creative Cities seminar conclusion points - Part 1


Creative Cities seminar conclusion points - Part 2