The seventh LAMPA Conversation Festival has the main theme of "respect" and includes of more than 200 events over two days.
As usual the event is centered on the city of Cēsis, with communal viewing sites all over Latvia. As usual, the festival will be available free of admission both in person and live at the website festivalslampa.lv.
LSM's English language service will also carry livestreams of selected events.
“Respecting the differences of others or the diversity of our society is not always easy. It's hard to respect someone who has different values and lives in another “bubble” and information space. However, by refusing to listen and trying to impose a single “right” opinion on our conversational partner, we not only lose the opportunity to find out something new and expand our horizons, but also abandon the conversation and start a fight where dignity often has no place. Therefore, this year’s LAMPA welcomes conversations on complicated topics, including those that might usually make us uncomfortable, to find topics we haven’t contemplated before and to consider how respectfully we can accept differences and controversy in order to build a better society together,” said Ieva Morica, director of LAMPA Conversation Festival.
Just like last year, the LAMPA website will provide the option of creating your own program via the “My Program” tool. It can be used to select events of preferred categories and create a simple list of desirable events that can be viewed on a phone.
Attendance of LAMPA in person will only be possible when presenting a valid Covid-19 certificate that confirms the completion of a full vaccination course or recovery within the past six months, along with an ID card or passport. The festival will therefore be available to attendees aged 12 and up, and the organizers of LAMPA are inviting persons with children, including infants, to view the festival remotely, as children under the age of 12 will not be able to visit festival areas.
For details of the specific events see the links below.
And if you fancy a trip down memory lane by seeing some of the discussions from previous years, you can trawl the archive HERE.