'Starptelpa' performance festival returns end of May

From May 23 to June 2, Riga will host the sixth performance art festival "Starptelpa" ("Interspace"). This year, the festival will allow the audience to experience hypothetical future scenarios - both utopian and dystopian, the organizers said.

Revisiting and confronting hierarchies of political systems and deconstructing patterns of habitual relationships in the language of art, local and international artists will reflect on the relationship between man and machine, the presence of technology, artificial intelligence and robots in everyday life. The festival will also present works on current socio-political issues such as gender equality, sustainability, resilience in times of crisis, etc.

"Rebel performers will fuel a revolution of ideas that could start as early as tomorrow," promise the festival organizers.

This year, the festival will culminate at Riga Circus on May 31 and June 1, opening up a wide range of artistic possibilities, from large-scale arena events to personal presence with the artists in one-on-one performances. Artists will also interact with the history of the circus house and its symbolic meaning. Some of the more than 30 art events will also be on show at the Zuzeum Contemporary Art Centre and in the urban environment. International artists will take part in the festival, and at the end of the festival on June 2, conceptual artist Laura Prikule (Latvia) will create a special art event that will be inclusive for all participants and spectators.

The festival is free to attend. More on the festival's official website.

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