Specialists of the creative industries will discuss the artist’s responsibility in crises at the Chekhov Theater


The special symbolic and political role of the artist in preserving freedom is characteristic of Eastern European societies, and for decades it protected, preserved and developed the heritage of Latvian culture and collective memories under the conditions of the Soviet colonization regime.

Artists articulated the forbidden, were closely related to the goals of the national movement, and were able to circumvent censorship and prohibitions by speaking to fellow human beings in the language of allegories. The civic position and courage of the artists stimulated the restoration of the nation-state and gradually destroyed the space of the dictatorship.”

According to D. Hanov, in today’s conditions, the freedom of art is again threatened by populism and radical ideologies, manipulative practices of the entertainment society.

In such an anxious cultural space, in Mikhail Chekhov’s Riga Russian Theater on May 13, it will be explained what the artist’s responsibility is in today’s Latvian society and how art can create a cohesive civil society, articulate the diversity of cultures and at the same time create a political nation capable of preserving and developing a peaceful democracy.

The discussion is organized in cooperation with the state research program “Vectors of Society Cohesion”, which is implemented by a consortium of researchers led by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the University of Latvia. The purpose of the cooperation is to unite the forces of art and science, involving a wide and diverse audience in an open, respectful and competent conversation about important issues for Latvian society.

The article is in Latvian


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