Street art festival
May 13-17
Art-ground, play-ground, crime-ground

About festival

The main aim of Blank Canvas festival is to encourage a discussion about street art — has it started to mature and become a part of the art market, if not in Latvia, then in Europe and rest of the world? Is it a fierce game balancing on the border with vandalism? Or should it be viewed from a perspective of the law — as criminal activity, destruction of personal property? If in Europe these boundaries are blurred, then in Latvia any discussion is limited to the last statement.

During the festival, artist talks, series of discussions and workshops will take place to bring forward the topic of street art. This will give the festival a theoretical context, creating a better understanding of street art, its process and aesthetic values. Researcher and promoter of street art Tobias Lindblad Barenthin and urbanist Evelina Ozola have been invited to give talks at the festival.

This cycle is aimed at young people and professionals, who are interested in street art and fields that overlap with it — art, architecture, urbanism —, as well as city officials.

Curator of the festival has selected and invited already established and upcoming artists from Latvia and other countries that employ innovative techniques or approaches to the process and contents, by that introducing current information and trends in street art.

Blank Canvas is a Riga 2014: European Capital of Culture event.

Program

13.05
14.05
15.05
16.05
17.05

19:00, NABAKLAB, Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 12

Festival opening

Music: Cita mūzika
VJ: Madara Beijere

10:00, Cultural summerhouse

Urban alphabet workshop with Suse Miessner

Please sign up for workshop by writing an email to: workshop@blankcanvas.lv

13:00, Cultural summerhouse in Esplanade park

Talk by Tobias Barenthin Lindblad

Tobias Barenthin Lindblad has followed graffiti culture, both as a practitioner and observer, since the mid–1980's. His portfolio includes work for The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm and Uppsala University, the City of Gothenburg and the Swedish Parliament, Swedish National Theatre, and many more. Tobias is also an active publisher, writer and debater, he often helds workshops. He lectures about street art, graffiti, advertising, urban planning, and the right to public space. Tobias Barenthin Lindblad has a degree in ethnology, Media and Communication Studies and German at the University of Stockholm. 

14:00, Cultural summerhouse in Esplanade park

Talk by Barbara Sroka, a representative of Gdansk street art quarter

 

15:00, Cultural summerhouse in Esplanade park

Talk by Evelina Ozola

Evelina Ozola is an architect and urbanist; she studied at Riga Technical University and Delft Technical University in the Netherlands. Evelina is passionate about and studies the meaning, form and function of public space. Her realised design projects are playful and in bright colours, but they address serious issues.

16:00, Cultural summerhouse in Esplanade park

Discussion

Moderated by the festival's curator Edgars Zvirgzdiņš.

19:00, NABAKLAB, Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 12

Evening event

Music: Mixmaster Raitis

11:00, NABAKLAB, Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 12

Masterclass with Hop Louie — part 1

Please sign up for the workshop by writing to: workshop@blankcanvas.lv

19:00, NABAKLAB, Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 12

Artist talks

 

21:00, NABAKLAB, Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 12

Evening event

Music: Elvi Soulsystems & FREE

11:00, NABAKLAB, Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 12

Masterclass with Hop Louie — part 2

Please sign up for the workshop by writing to: workshop@blankcanvas.lv

19:00, NABAKLAB, Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 12

Artist talks

 

21:00, NABAKLAB, Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 12

Evening event

Music: UBIsound and Y-Silent
VJ: Madara Beijere

14:00, NABAKLAB, Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 12

Bike excursion through artwork places

Bike excursion is presented by "SIXT" bicycle rental.

18:00, NABAKLAB, Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris 12

Closing of the event

Music: minciisha ieraksti and NiklāvZ
VJ: Annija Grosa

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M-CITY

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HOP LOUIE

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MATTHEW TULLY

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MONEYLESS

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KIWIE

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DAINIS RUDENS

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FROST

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AIGARS MAMIS

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TRON

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