The "Culture. Industry. Technology" forum is an annual assembly dedicated to the creative industries. Its overarching objective is to foster open discourse among industry professionals, spur development within the sector, and align it with shared industry objectives.
This year's forum will take place on October 9th-10th at the Mežaparks Great Bandstand - the Kokar's Hall. To be a part of this exciting event, click here to register (attendance is free). The forum is orchestrated by "Company NA," a company specializing in the development and manufacturing of lighting design and stage technology.
This year's main theme is “The synergy of modern culture and technology - how not to stray on the path to a good result”. The forum will span two days, commencing on October 9th, with an opening address by renowned lighting designer Tobias Rīlanders, who has collaborated with artists like "The XX," "Lykke Li," "Fever Ray," "Mark Ronson," "FKA Twigs," "Of Monster and Men," and "The 1975,” and more.
The event agenda features two insightful panel discussions:
1. Preserving Tradition in a Digital Age:
The initial conversation will revolve around the "XXVII General Latvian Song and XVII Dance Festival," an event pivotal in the preservation of cultural heritage and the establishment of traditions, offering profound emotional and aesthetic experiences. The discourse will delve into strategies for harmonizing tradition with innovative technologies and ensuring the sustained interest of future generations. Participants in this discussion will include prominent figures such as the chief conductor of the Song and Dance Festival, Aira Birziņa; dance director, Jānis Purviņš; director, Juris Jonelis; architect and scenographer, Austris Mailītis; and producer, Diāna Čivle. The discussion will be moderated by Ojārs Rubenis.
2. The Impact of Technology on Education and Creativity:
The second panel discussion, titled "Artificial Intelligence. Education. Creativity. Algorithm," will confront the challenges stemming from technological advancements and evolving societal needs. It will explore the evolution or stability of educational principles and their ability to keep pace with technological advancements without losing their essence. Distinguished participants in this discussion will include Tālis Juhna, the rector of Riga Technical University; entrepreneur, Normunds Bergs; scenographer and director, Reinis Suhanovs; Elizabete Palasiosa, a lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Culture; and Ingūna Elere, the lead designer at "Design Studio H2E." The discussion will be moderated by Ģirts Ozoliņš.
"Cultural and creative industries are evolving with the impact of technology and digital transformation. This impact is felt across all stages of the value chain, from creativity to communication processes. Industry professionals must adapt to fit the digital age, making education and capacity building essential parts of the transformation process,” Elizabete Palasiosa emphasizes the importance of education and capacity building in adapting to the digital age within cultural and creative industries.
The second day of the forum will encompass various technical masterclasses tailored to industry professionals. These sessions will cover topics such as the psychology of color from a viewer's perspective, creative light animation and lighting effects, live video mixing, and the optimization and configuration of network systems. The masterclasses will be led by experts and representatives from renowned technology brands worldwide.
Throughout the forum, attendees will have the opportunity to explore an exhibition showcasing Latvian and international technology brands, where the latest products and innovations will be on display.