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Liepāja 2027, How to find the courage to express an idea?

On 16-17 August, Liepāja will become the venue for the educational conference "ArtMatters!". The conference is organised by the National Centre forEducation as part of the project "Skola2030" together with partnersto inspire teachers and provide a space for sharing experiences.

The conferenceaims to highlight the importance of culture and arts education in a broadercontext and to promote professional cooperation among teachers.

The conferencewill include workshops, masterclasses and discussions, an opportunity to meetexperienced culture and arts professionals, get to know colleagues from acrossLatvia and build the grounds for future networking. Several sessions will alsobe streamed online. Around 300 teachers and educational authorities from allover Latvia have already registered for the conference.

Liepāja wasselected as the venue for the event for a reason – experiencing its culturalmilieu is one of the conference's core components. The opening of theconference will take place in the legendary "Pūt, vējiņi!" concertgarden, the first day will culminate in the historic “Kursa” club, and theentire conference's finale will take place in the "Great Amber"concert hall. The sessions are to take place in the historical buildings ofLiepāja State Gymnasium No.1 and the Faculty of Humanities and Arts of theLiepāja University. Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for aguided Liepāja tour, as well as to learn more about Liepāja on its journey tobecome the European Capital of Culture 2027.

Among others, Baiba Moļņika, Secretary General of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO; Austra Avotiņa, Associate Professor, Faculty of Pedagogy, Psychology and Arts,University of Latvia, art researcher; Irēna Nelsone, Associate Professor,Department of Art Education at the Music Academy of Latvia and music teachingmethodologist; Lita Silova, Rīga French Lyceum teacher, literature researcher; Zanda Gūtmane, Professor, University of Liepāja, literature researcher andothers will share their inspiration stories at the opening of the conference.

Besideslistening to inspiration and experience sharing, on the first day of theconference participants will take part in workshops and discussions to getideas on how to apply the new learning approach in their work.

A series ofpanel discussions and debates will also take place on the same day, such as"How to find the courage to express an idea?", "How to teachabout and through art?" etc. Panellists will include well-known publicfigures such as Professor Mārcis Auziņš from the University of Latvia, VitaLiepiņa, Head of the Liepāja Creative Industries Incubator, Baiba Bartkeviča,Artistic Director of the Great Amber Concert Hall and the European Capital ofCulture 2027 programme (un)rest, and others.

The second dayof the conference will feature masterclasses for teachers of literature, visualarts, music, theatre arts and culture. For example, Aleksejs Naumovs, professorand painter at the Latvian Academy of Arts, will illustrate plein air painting;Andris Akmentiņš, poet and lecturer at the Liepāja University Writing StudiesProgramme, will conduct a poetry masterclass with some creative games; and IlzeArne, composer and lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Music, will focus onpractical methods to inspire kids to write down music.

Conferencecooperation partners are the Liepāja City Municipality, the British Council inLatvia, Liepāja State Gymnasium No.1, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of theLiepāja University, the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO, the LatvianAcademy of Culture, the Latvian School Bag Programme of the Latvian NationalCentre for Culture and the Ziedonis Class.

Visit here for more details about the conference and registration.

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