Survey: Many would like to see cultural events outside Rīga center

According to a survey conducted by Rīga City Council and the research agency Norstat Latvia, 74% of Latvian residents say they lack knowledge about the history and cultural heritage of Riga neighborhoods, while 67% would like cultural events to develop outside the city center, Rīga City Council said in a release August 11.

The survey was conducted in July 2022, involving 1000 inhabitants of Latvia aged 18 to 74.

According to the survey, 25% of the surveyed population view their knowledge of Riga neighborhoods, like Āgenskalns, Bolderāja, Maskavas forštate, and their history and cultural heritage as good or rather good, while the vast majority indicate that they lack knowledge or don't have any. 

Similar trends are also observed among the surveyed Riga residents: 39% view their knowledge of the different parts of the capital as good, and a majority of respondents – 61% – say the knowledge is poor.

67% of respondents have indicated that they would like to see holiday events and special activities in Rīga neighborhoods, while 26% believe that cultural activities should be organized in areas where there are prominent historical sites and stories. 75% of Rīga residents agree that Riga should promote cultural developments in the city's neighborhoods. 

Rīga municipality is implementing a summer cultural program in neighborhoods where there could be the most demands, but according to the city council, the availability of the infrastructure needed for cultural activities is much smaller than elsewhere in the capital.

 

 

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