Liepāja hosts own festival of lights for 390th anniversary

The western Kurzeme provincial port city of Liepāja is launching its celebrations of the 390th anniversary since its founding this weekend with a multimedia arts festival titled 'Liepāja in Lights'. Artists and art students and faculty from the Liepāja University’s (LIEPU) new media arts program have created light, sound and video installations around various neighborhoods in town to give residents and visitors some enlightenment as to the city's historical human character.

On both Friday and Saturday evenings from 19:00 to 23:00 downtown and in three city neighborhoods – Ezerkrasts, Karosta and Velnciems, there will be various objects and installations set up by more than 15 artists who have let their imaginations run wild in lighting up the town with their new artworks.

For instance, Dace Kušķe and Kristaps Grundšteins will surprise people with two-meter diameter ‘Sunset balls’ lit up from within with colored lights and available to frolic and bounce inside on the municipal beach by the lifeguard stations.

‘Harbor of memories’ by Maija Demitere and Paula Vītola is an audiovisual personal journey into the layers of history of the Liepāja port, projected onto the hull of the ship Namejs on the city’s waterside Promenade. Current and former port workers will tell their emotional tales remembered from their own lives spent working there.

LIEPU students and lecturer Lynn Cazabon from the US created an interactive audiovisual bus-ride exhibit linking the neighborhoods of Karosta and Ezerkrasti in hybrid survey of the area’s culturally diverse residents, spanning the urban territory that developed between the seashore and lakeside here, explained Cazabon.

'Liepāja in Lights' is being organized by the electronic arts and media center E-LAB jointly with the Liepāja city council’s Cultural Board.

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