Continued focus on Creative Industries in Latvia
Creative industries focus continued in Latvia with discussions, Creative Business Cup and more
Creative industries and entrepreneurship continue to be key areas of cooperation between Latvia and Denmark. HRH Crown Prince Frederik opened this chapter during his visit in December 2018 at a conference on creative industries, organized in a collaboration between LIAA, the Latvian Ministry of Culture and DCI in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This May, two important events followed up on the conference.
On 16th of May, a Danish-Latvian panel discussed knowledge and awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals as part of design and manufacturing processes and sustainable forestry in a Nordic and Baltic context. The participants were: Ida Rehnström (FSC Denmark), Michael Eidrup (Kvist Industries), Kristaps Klauss (Executive Director, Latvian Wood Industry) and Ervins Pastors (Ass. Prof., Art Academy of Latvia). There was also a presentation of the winners of the FSC Design Award 2018. The winning duo, Emma Bukhave and Anna Ohmsen, presented their design lamp “Frames” and shared thoughts on the design process and sustainability as well as experiences in Latvia and with their visit to Kvist’s factory in Latvia.
17th of May was the day of the Latvian final in the Creative Business Cup. We sincerely congratulate Babbit on the great honour to represent Latvia in the global final in Copenhagen in July, with their sound system design! High quality sound, sustainable design and innovative management functionality are the product values.
Amongst the jury was director of DCI in Riga, Simon Drewsen Holmberg, and Danish expert – Head of Digital at Lifestyle and Design Cluster – Heidi Svane Pedersen. Heidi also hosted two workshops within the conference uz:RUNA with participants of the Creative Business Cup, where she talked about selling, pitching and entrepreneurship – with a clear Danish angle.
Later on in September, a return visit to Denmark takes place when representatives of Lativan creative industries come to Aarhus.
Thumbnail and banner images: Emma Bukhave and Anna Ohmsen