An international online conference “Digital Transformation in Culture” will take place on July 6 from 10:00 to 14:30, with the participation of a number of cultural professionals from world-renowned organizations and projects. The opening ceremony will be addressed by Latvian Minister of Culture Nauris Puntulis (National Union) and Swiss Foreign Minister Ignacio Kasiss. Anyone interested will be able to watch the conference free of charge on the Facebook platform, as well as on the LSM portal.
“At the conference we will talk about how to think about digital transformation in culture; how to work with it; what opportunities does it open for the creation of new art forms, the improvement of the activities of cultural organizations and the expansion of the audience, ”says the representative of the conference organizers, the executive director of the music festival“ Riga Jurmala ”Zane Čulkstena
“The rapid pace of technological development has opened up new opportunities not only to reach audiences and create new opportunities for engagement and expression, but also to improve the way we work and do business. Going forward, it is important to continue to use technology activities and develop the attitudes, skills and competencies needed to get the most out of them, ”said Ben Lein, Head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Arts Council of England, who will share at the conference why organizations and it is important for companies to assess and develop their digital maturity and how the Digital Culture Compass developed by the Arts Council of England can be useful here.
Speakers will also include Hillary Knight, Director of Digital Development at TATE, David Berk, Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, Johann Magnuson, Director of the Swedish Digital Innovation Center, Betina Hagi, Marketing Director of the Lucerne Festival, and Michael Brown, Marketing Director of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. Also present will be the authors and curators of the virtual reality project “In VR we trust” Daniel Hengst and Clemens Scholls, Raitis Šmits, Artistic Director of the New Media Culture Center RIXC, and Alain Dufo, Head of EPFL – Cultural Heritage and Innovation Center and Director of Montreux Jazz. festival digitization project.
Representatives from the Latvian culture and art industry will also join the conference studio set up at the Hanseatic Platform in the discussions for international participants who will perform online. Among them will be Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Economics Raimonds Aleksejenko, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Culture Uldis Zariņš, curator of the Latvian New Theater Institute Gundega Laiviņa, director of the cultural site “Hanzas perons” Ieva Irbina, member of the Latvian National Opera and Ballet Board ”Manager Timur Thomson.
The conference will be held in English with Latvian translation.
Conference program available on the website of the festival “Riga Jurmala”.
The conference “Digital Transformation in Culture” is organized by the classical music festival “Riga Jurmala” with the financial support of the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Latvia and the Society Integration Fund from the Latvian state budget.
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