September 7 sees the start of the annual 'Survival Kit' arts festival run by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art.
This is the ninth iteration of Survival Kit. Born in 2009 as a reaction to the austerity caused by the economic crisis, Survival Kit has become the biggest contemporary art event in the Baltics, continuing to invite people to respond to changes taking place in the modern-day world and to reflect on various 'survival' strategies. Every year artists are invited to explore a socially significant theme at a different empty building in Riga.
This year the festival has the bizarre title: “Becoming an Apricot * an Apple * a Crow * a Tree * a Cockroach * a Glacier * a Plant * a Mushroom * a Shell * a Bird * Algae ”, and will be directed towards the broadening of perceptions of and learning from nature.
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