Riga will host the international museum conference "We Are Museums 2017"

From 2017, on 12 to 14 June Riga will become a venue for international museum  conference "We Are Museums 2017". The conference will gather the European and international museums community to Riga for 3 days of encounters at the intersection of culture and innovation. „We Are Museums” is the meeting place to create meaningful relationships between museums and  their environment and connect the best practitioners of the sector. „We Are Museums” will be hosted at the Latvian National Museum of Art and the Academy of Arts of Latvia as well as in several iconic venues across Riga. The event is divided into two distinct formats.

During a two-day conference, museums will be at the center of discussions and debates, with a particular focus on inclusion, empathy and social added value. The conference covers the current challenges for museum professionals comprehensively, from technology to attracting new audiences as museums develop collaboration and become resources for the world. This year’s programme of talks features the Louvre Museum (France), the Australian Center of Moving Image (Australia), Tate and the Wellcome Collections (United Kingdom), the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt (Germany), the Warhol Museum (USA), the National Museum of Warsaw and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (Poland), Latvian National Museum of Art, the National Museum of Estonia, the Helsinki City Museum (Finland), The Statens Museum for Kunst and the Women’s Museum in Arhus  (Denmark) and the Nordiska Museet (Sweden) for a total of 40 speakers and workshop leaders.  

„Tech Loves Culture” is the event for cultural startups, entrepreneurship and museums will take place on 14 June 2017 at Kanepes Cultural Center. „Tech Loves Culture” features 30 exhibiting young startups from the Baltics and Europe and will gather the creative and entrepreneurial ecosystem of Riga, fueled by a thriving digital and startup economy.

„We Are Museums” is co-organised with the Latvian National Museum of Art and in the partnership with The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia. It is supported by the Latvian Association of Museums, State Cultural Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, the Art Accademy of Latvia, the Contemporary Art Centre KIM?, the Goethe Institute, the Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Latvia, the Embassy of Poland in Latvia, the French Institute in Riga, the Network of European Museums Organisations, AB LV Charitable Foundation, LG Electronics Latvia and Laima.

„Tech Loves Culture” main supporter is AB LV Charitable Foundation and it is organized in copperation with TechHub Riga.