Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

The largest annual contemporary art festival in the Baltics, Survival Kit, which is organised by Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, will take place in Riga from 23 May till 30 June at the former building of the faculty of physics, mathematics and optometry of the University of Latvia. The address of the building is Zeļļu street 25.

Working hours of exhibition: 

Mo closed

Th closed

We 14:00–20:00

Th 14:00–20:00

Fr 14:00–20:00

Sa 12:00–20:00

Su 12:00–20:00

Exhibition will be closed on June 22 and 23. 


Entry ticket (single visit) 3 eur 

Entry ticket for pupils, students  and seniors with a valid ID 1 eur 

Family ticket (two grown-ups &  two children)  4 eur 

Festival ticket (unlimited visits) 5 eur


The international exhibition and events programme with the participation of 34 artists from Latvia and abroad is curated by Solvita Krese, Inga Lāce and Àngels Miralda.

Building on the first part of its programme, held at the Riga Circus in September 2018, the second part of Survival Kit 10 continues the festival’s investigation of the concept of outlands, questioning the traditional division of geopolitical and cultural space into centre and periphery and shedding light on the complex construction of identity. Personal stories and micro-experiences are the vehicles through which the festival seeks to examine broader societal issues, including the relationships between certain countries and the histories of entire regions. Geography and migration are taken up as core themes in the hope of revealing the complexities embedded within different local communities. The festival allows us to discover outlands as places and situations that, though they may be unknown or strange, at the same time have the potential to be locations from which alternative futures are imagined.

Like every year, an empty building in Riga has been chosen as the venue of the festival, in order to draw attention to the potential of its future development. This time, it is the former Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Optometry of the University of Latvia, which was built in 1888 and originally served as a German orphanage, and later – as a police academy.


Supporters of the festival: State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, British Council, Pro Helvetia, University of Latvia, Foundation for Arts Initiatives, Frame Finland, Danish Arts Foundation, Nordisk Kulturfond, The Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Goethe-Institut Riga, Aizkraukles Novada Dome, Embassy of Finland, Riga, the Embassy of Hungary in Riga, Eesti Kultuurkapitali, IASPIS, Absolut, Beleevue Park Hotel, Konstnärsnamnden and Nordic Culture Point.

Partners: Two Wheels, Dēkainis, Kokmuižas eilu darītava, Fine Art Print, Ģertrūdes ielas teātris, Kino Bize, Pārdaugavas radošais centrs, Komēta, Āgenskalna apkaimes biedrība, LMT, Walters&Grapa, Degas apģērbi, Vegān Festivāls, Klik klak, Biļešu serviss

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