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In cooperation with the Goethe Institute the contemporary art festival Survival Kit 13 is organizing The Hearing Voices Café – an ambitious program of events, which will take place in a pop-up cafe at the festival venue which will be open throughout the duration of the festival in cooperation with the "Borscht - dinner with Ukrainians" team.


The Hearing Voices Café is a project of the Goethe-Institut incorporated into a comprehensive package of measures for which the Federal Foreign Office provides funding from the 2022 Supplementary Budget to mitigate the effects of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.

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10 September, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST


SATURDAY, 10 September

The Importance of Being Earnest
Media literacy workshop for adults and seniors

14.00h

Venue: “Hearing Voices Café”, Pils iela 23

The event will be held in Latvian.


The Importance of Being Earnest: a Trivial Comedy for Serious People is the title of Oscar Wilde’s 1895 play, which became one of his most famous dramatic works, although not everyone at first appreciated its subtle irony about the virtues of Victorian society, commonplace lies, twisting of facts, double identities and other stratagems.

In English, “earnest” has a much deeper meaning than “serious”. It invites one to think not only about seriousness, but also about truth, honesty and what is of importance. Today, the most complex and difficult events are routinely presented by the media in familiar if not mundane modes; there is too much information to fathom it all; the unimportant things, such as the moods of reality show contestants, are presented more effectively than the decisions and events that are truly important; and politics is presented as theatre and sport as drama. Thus, it is difficult to distinguish what is serious and worthy of looking into, and what is not.

The workshop for seniors, but also for others, is dedicated to media literacy, focusing on the need to remain earnest and able to critically assess, think and act in the whirlpool of images, news, visual and audial information, for this, to a large extent, is what determines how truthful of an environment we live in.


ORGANIZER

Ilva Skulte has a degree in philology, she has worked in cultural journalism, and she’s a communication and media researcher at various Latvian universities. Associate Professor at the Riga Stradiņš University.


The Hearing Voices Cafe is a project of the Goethe-Institut incorporated into a comprehensive package of measures for which the Federal Foreign Office provides funding from the 2022 Supplementary Budget to mitigate the effects of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.


*The event is accessible to people with disabilities. Before visiting the festival, please read about the accessibility here. If you need special access requirements or have any questions about the accessibility of the festival, please contact us at mara@lcca.lv