Costs of centenary concert under scrutiny

The LTV show Forbidden Methods (Aizliegtais paņēmiens) has put the costs of the Mīlestības vārdā. 18+ concert, held outside the National Library of Latvia and broadcast on November 19 on LTV, under scrutiny.

Altogether around €57,000 were spent to pay the artists, and this public funding was awarded by Jānis Šipkēvics, a concert participant who was the sole member of a council choosing and awarding the artists.

According to Culture Ministry data, Šipkēvics received more than €17,000 for the concert. Video author Gatis Mūrnieks received €6,400 and musician Reinis Sējāns around €5,800.

Meanwhile Evija Vēbere, an emerging musician who was both criticized and staunchly defended for her take on Imants Kalniņš' song Svētku Diena, received €666.

Renārs Kaupers, known as the lead singer of Brainstorm, received €1,000. 

Altogether, €180,000 was spent on the concert, including on lighting, stage equipment and the likes. 

Following the Forbidden Methods broadcast, the Culture Ministry has called for a meeting of cultural organizations and ministry institutions to discuss the way author's fees should be published in the future. 

Šipkēvics, who could not be contacted in time for the show, earlier described the concert as a manifesto to love. 

The Forbidden Methods show has launched an initiative on the public petition portal Manabalss.lv that would require royalties for public events to be made available to public scrutiny. 

If you would like to judge the concert for yourself, you can do so by watching part of it below (may be subject to geoblocking). 

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