Cēsis is a star, You are a star,
we are all stars!
Cēsis – European Capital of
Culture 2027 Candidate City
Let us create Cēsis’ story together!
The title of the European Capital of Culture 2027 willl be awarded to one city in Latvia and one city in Portugal
Cēsis’ Star Path
How can Cēsis shine brighter in the constellation of European culture?
Let us start by looking at the stars that are already here – in the Master Hall of Cēsis Medieval castle, in St. John’s Church, at the top of our Victory Monument.
But it is even more important to look towards, to look into, to see those thousands of visible and invisible, often overlooked and misunderstood stars that are part of Cēsis today. These stars are all the people of Cēsis. Every star is unique here. They shine, they illuminate, they collaborate, they tell a story! There are great stars and little ones. Along with the surrounding counties they create an entire galaxy, truly a starry road
Timeline of the star path
a place where a new star
of culture is born
in the European constellation
These stars are all the people of Cēsis. Every star is unique here. They shine, they illuminate, they collaborate, they tell a story! There are great stars and little ones.
Along with the surrounding counties they create an entire galaxy, a star path.
Why Cēsis cannot afford
to not be a candidate?
Because of Cēsis and the people of Cēsis!
Cēsis cannot afford not to run for the title of the European Capital of Culture out of respect for the time embedded in the buildings of the city over centuries by the creative and cultural stars of Latvia! Cēsis cannot afford not to run also in the name of the modern times, especially when 2020 has underlined the true value of art and culture in the making and maintaining of our humanity.
Cēsis – a great place for living!
Cēsis already is and continues to become a great place for living both in the context of Latvia and Europe. Participation in this competition is a crucial step towards fulfilling this promise! This candidacy tills the existing cultural soil and opens a wider scope for the cultivation of cultural and historical heritage. We are looking for new diverse forms of cultural expression to increase the development and economic activity of the county, and to provide opportunities for the communities of Cēsis to grow and flourish.
Cēsis attracts and pulls in!
Cēsis attracts fresh talent and welcomes famous musicians from all over Europe and beyond. Cēsis calls for discussions and ignites the mind. Cēsis is home to and art festival, the biggest conversation festival in the Baltics and numerous other culture events. Cēsis is nature. Cēsis is home. Cēsis is education. Some of the greatest Latvian poets and writers have studied here. Not only the people of Cēsis are learning, Cēsis itself is still learning and creating!
You are at the centre of our team!
You, who wants to get involved, give advice,
add Your contribution the Cēsis road to the stars!
The Head of Administration of Cēsis Municipality
Culture project manager
Film director and producer
Head of Cēsis Culture Centre
Director of “Daile” Theatre, member of Cēsis County Council
Head of co-working house SKOLA6
Headmaster of Cēsis City Art School. Curator of Cēsis Pluriversity
Senior spatial planner at Cēsis Municipality
Senior Communication Specialist at Cēsis Municipality
Cēsis is a star, You are a star,
we are all stars!
It was already written in the distant past
Cēsis contains the power of nine centuries, and Cēsis is a city to enjoy! Its special atmosphere becomes apparent when you find yourself climbing any higher tower. It is because Cēsis is surrounded by the Gauja National Park, adorned by historical parks and castles (yes, plural!) built many centuries ago, buildings and neighbourhoods, but the most precious jewels are the people of Cēsis – creative, active, and ambitious! We are proud to implement projects which in their scope might seem incompatible with the status of a small town. But we succeed! When looking in the future, that is exactly what we perceive as our greatest advantage, and at the same time our biggest task – creating a great place for living with global infrastructure within the environment of a small town. We apply the same approach to the competition for the title of the European Capital of Culture 2027.
We are already a Latvian culture citadel, which provides endless possibilities for intellectual respite and enrichment corresponding to any taste. Besides a rich history the spark of culture in Cēsis burns particularly bright. For centuries Cēsis has been a scene for a rich and diverse cultural life. The greats of Latvian culture such as Janis Poruks, Rudolfs Blaumanis, Edvards Treimanis-Zvargulis, Eduards Veidenbaums, Alfreds Kalnins, Haralds Simanis, Ritums Ivanovs and many, many others have studied, grown up, and worked in Cēsis. But in the 21st century Cēsis has established itself as not only a regional but an international culture centre with state-of-the-art infrastructure, international festivals, internationally recognized summer schools and master classes, and a special creative ambience rooted in local initiatives, culture places and people.
Cēsis’ concern for culture has also been appreciated internationally – “United Cities and Local Governments” ranked Cēsis as an example of excellent practice alongside such cities as Milan, Barcelona, Rome, Lisbon, Malmö. In a survey done by the European Commission in 2015, Cēsis was recognized as an example of good practice among 69 other European culture metropoles where successful development of cities and regions is rooted in culture. Cēsis must be seen, experienced, and enjoyed – your future “You” will be grateful to you for that!
If You have any questions, let us know
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