The role of the cultural elite in the processes of change

Expanded plenary session of the Soviet Latvian Writers Union - 30

February 22 Thursday


February 22, 2018, 17.00


Popular Front Museum, Vecpilsētas iela 13/15, Rīga



The first panel discussion of the series is dedicated to the expanded plenary session of the Soviet Latvian Writers Union that took place on 1 and 2 June 1988.

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In this historical plenary session Professor Mavriks Vulfsons revealed the secret truth of the occupation regime: that the Soviet Power had been established in Latvia not as a consequence of socialist revolution, but as a consequence of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The poet and journalist Viktors Avotiņš called for the establishment of the Popular Front of Latvia by the example of the Popular Front of Estonia (Rahvarinne).

The panel discussion will focus on the significance of social memory and possibilities of its preservation in culture despite Soviet censorship and restrictions on personal freedom.

The panellists will be writer Alberts Bels, journalist Edvīns Inkēns, writer Māra Zālīte, musicologist Arnolds Klotiņš and Professor of Rīga Stradiņš University Deniss Hanovs.

The discussion will be moderated by social memory researcher from the University of Latvia, Doctor of Communication Science, Mārtiņš Kaprāns and will be held in Latvian. The event will be documented by the photographer Gunārs Janaitis.

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Agnese Kubliņa

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Agnese Kubliņa
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