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The first conversation festival LAMPA to be held in Cēsis

The LAMPA conversation festival will shed light on societal issues and discuss democracy under the clear sky, just like the first democrats did. The festival will take place for two days - July 3 and 4 - at the Cēsis castle park.

LAMPA aims to create a platform for citizen engagement in social and civic processes, bolstering Latvia's democratic development. Similar festivals of democracy have become a tradition in the Nordic countries. 

"We want to create an understanding about democracy and values in Latvia. For democracy to be alive, people need to talk. Let them talk, not shoot at each other," said Ieva Morica, the director of LAMPA.  

Discussion tents will be put up at midday on July 3, and soon after a number of performances will start. 

The festival will feature three stages and a rich array of 50 events. Journalists, stand-up comedians, actors, politicians and a number of organizations will flock to Cēsis to spark debate and talk democracy and freedom.

Workshops will be held on a variety of topics and incessant debates will be held by Latvia's experts on a number of subject.

Though presumably many events will be held in Latvian, you'll find that many participants excel at international languages as well. Entry is free.

Click here to access the festival website (English).

Incidentally, Cēsis is grabbing cultural headlines lately, with the Cēsis arts festival opening on July 3. 

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