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Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

Established in 2009, International Contemporary Art Festival Survival Kit is one of the biggest contemporary art event in the Baltics, attracting more than 10 000 visitors every year. It arose in reaction to the economic crisis in Latvia with the aim of calling on society to respond to changes in the contemporary world and consider various survival strategies. Each year, a socially relevant and important theme is selected for the festival. Empty buildings in Riga are used as festival venues, bringing our attention to their potential future development.

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Survival Kit is organised by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art that has been committed to the research, creation and development of contemporary art processes in Latvia and internationally since 1993, with a view to critically investigate and reflect on the evolution of contemporary society. The annual contemporary art festival Survival Kit, research-based contemporary art exhibitions at the Latvian National Museum of Art and the curation of the Latvian representation at the Venice Biennale are its most prominent activities. The LCCA archive is an important contemporary art history research resource. The LCCA offers education and art mediators’ programmes that expand its visitors’ experience of the arts and enrich their perception of the world.