Participatory Workshops

The Pauls Stradiņs Medical History Museum, in cooperation with the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, continues the series of Participatory Workshops started in March of this year, the workshops conducted by artists and aiming at public involvement in response to the Russian invasion to Ukraine. Around the city, you will notice instructions created by "kuš!" comic artists on how to act in various crisis situations. In its turn, on September 10 and 15, the museum will host several workshops and the discussion "The Art of Conversation in Wartime", where, under the guidance of specialists, you will be able to acquire the first aid skills for an emergency and to look for answers on how art can help consolidate society.

15.09. Discussion “The Art of Conversation in Wartime”

On September 15, at 18:00, in the discussion "The Art of Conversation in Wartime", there will be possible to reflect on the experience gained in the Participatory Workshops as well as to focus on the role of contemporary art in solving socio-political issues and involving society in emergency situations.

Listen to the discussion HERE.

In the discussion, there will take part Secretary General of the Latvian Transatlantic Organization, the lecturer and researcher of the Department of Political Science of the University of Latvia Sigita Struberga, the philosopher, publicist and entrepreneur, assistant professor and leading researcher of the University of Latvia Igors Gubenko, the artist, activist and theater and cinema director Krista Burane, and the artist Kriss Salmanis. The conversation will be moderated by the director and curator of the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art Solvita Krese.

More information at Līdzdalības darbnīcas / Latvijas Laikmetīgās mākslas centrs ( and Paula Stradiņa medicīnas vēstures muzejs (

We invite you to follow the live broadcast on the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art- LCCA and Paula Stradiņa Medicīnas vēstures muzejs Facebook webpages.Participatory workshop programme on Saturday, September 10

11.00 – 11.30 First aid demonstration, Education Room

11.30 – 12.00 First Aid workshop, Education Room

12.00 – 14.00 Civil Defence and 72-h Bag workshop, Conference Hall

12.00 – 14.00 Museum tour for children in Latvian and Russian

12.00 – 16.00 Emergency First Aid Vehicle, garden

14.15 – 14.45 First aid demonstration, Education Room

14.45 – 15.15 First Aid workshop, Education Room

Participation in the workshops and visiting the museum on Saturday, September 10, is free. No prior booking is required. The museum will be open to visitors from 11.00 to 17.00.

First Aid Demonstration and Workshop

The Museum's Education Room will become a simulated and safe environment where, under the guidance of instructors, you can understand the first aid algorithm for adults and children. The workshop will use mannequins, automatic external defibrillators and first aid kits. After the instructor's demonstration, everyone will have the opportunity to apply first aid themselves and develop their first aid skills. The workshop is suitable for families with school-age children.

The workshop is provided by the Riga Stradins University Medical Education Technology Centre, which is the most modern simulation centre in the Baltics. There, in a simulated clinical environment, future and practicing health care specialists learn and improve their work-related skills, thereby promoting patient safety and improving the quality of health care in Latvia. More about the centre here:

Emergency First Aid Vehicle

The garden of the museum will host an emergency medical service (EMS) vehicle, commonly known as an ambulance. On display there will be the equipment of the crew, which is used by medical workers to save people's lives every day, namely, a medical bag, a defibrillator and a manual resuscitator. The medics may be asked about the practical organisation of work with this 25 kg equipment. The activity is suitable for both adults and children.

Civil Defence and 72 h Bag Workshop

In the Conference Hall, the senior expert in military education of the national defence training department, Senior Sergeant Erik Karkliņs will help to learn about the national action plan and instructions for every citizen on how to act in an emergency, when everyday life abruptly changes. There will also be a practical activity of packing a 72-h bag. In an emergency, the responsible services and armed forces will be implementing measures to overcome the threat, so everyone must be able to survive in the first days of the emergency, i.e., at least for 72 hours.

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