Riga and We Are Museums go way back, when we met Anna Balandina (here she is talking to the Museum Week!), Head of the Communication Department at the Latvian National Museum of Art back in 2015 in Berlin.
We have since discussed the opportunity to visit the capital of Latvia for our yearly event which is held each June.
We first visited in July, straight after We Are Museums Bucharest and made an astounding number of connections ranging from local authorities to exciting companies and startups. What about museums you ask? We had the opportunity to visit many of them back in late 2015 when we first worked with the LNMA on our first workshop dedicated to professionals. The museum scene is extremely keen to connect with their audiences and there has been an ongoing string of exciting openings and reopenings including the newly revamped LNMA, the Motor Museum and a little further down the road, the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art!
We went back in August to solidify the field work as we always do and now here is the plan for the rest of the year 2016-2017 leading up to We Are Museums, which will be next 12-14 June 2017!
> We will co-create Museums Tomorrow, Latvian museums think tank for the future of the community, and a sister project to Museum Think Tank Berlin, our founder Diane’s initiative to initiate conversations between innovators and museums in the Berlin ecosystem.
> We will then take Museums Tomorrow on the road across Latvia in February and April. Exciting!
> Next 12-13 is when we hold We Are Museums, our yearly meeting gathering a global community of museum millennials and deciders to meet and discuss the future of our ecosystem
>On 14 June we will hold the second edition of Museum Rocket, the museum and entrepreneurship fair which is dedicated to accelerate cooperation between young entrepreneurship and museums.
We have been a little tigh-lipped about the venues, but we now can tell you that we will be hosted at the stunning LNMA as well as at the Art Academy of Latvia! Plus hint: the Latvian thriving startup scene will be part of the mix!
Soon you’ll be able to register for We Are Museums and Museum Rocket as a single event, both through buying one standard delegate ticket or through our soon to be introduced membership system, which will give you many advantages on top of a discounted attendance to WAM.
It’s going to be our fifth year now, is there some special kind of celebration for that? Let us know!
In the meantime, we’ll be back soon with more news on the event and on our venue and destinations as we deepen our knowledge of Riga along with you guys!