Youth Day Festival was held at Origo Shopping Centre

The first Youth Day Festival took place with creative workshops and dance and movement master classes at the Origo Shopping Centre. It was organised as part of the International Children’s Day to encourage young people to get acquainted with various creative activities and initiatives allowing to spend their free time during the summer in a meaningful way.

The Youth Day Festival brought together several organisations that work with young people on a daily basis, offering a variety of projects and activities. Everyone was encouraged to get to know the work of these organisations, what they offer and to take part in various creative workshops.

The associations Resiliences centrs (Resilience Centre), and Laiks jauniešiem (Time for Youth), the largest Latvian youth organisation – the National Youth Council of Latvia, the Culture Quarter Lastādija and the Brazilian movement art club Capoeira Latvija took part in the festival.

Association Resiliences centrs provided visitors with information on the programmes and initiatives offered by the association, which are based on the resilienceapproach. The association runs various educational seminars and counselling sessions, offers camps for children and young people, develops projects and initiatives for young people, such as the youth communication programme Dari (Do) and the project Noticēt iespējai (Believe in Opportunity), which focuses on young people with social limitations, behavioural and communication difficulties.

Association Laiks jauniešiem informed the participants about non-formal education opportunities in Latvia and abroad, and provided detailed information on various trainings, courses, seminars, volunteering and other activities.

Latvia’s largest network of youth organisations – the National Youth Council of Latvia, which unites almost 50 youth support organisations, shared information on various programmes and activities offered by youth organisations across Latvia. There was also a poster-making session and educational games on creating an environment that is youth-friendly and is based on civic responsibility.

During the Youth Day Festival, everyone was invited to take part in various creative workshops and learn something new.

Together with artists Oļegs Marinohs and Anna Bonnie from Lastādija creative culture quarter, visitors had the opportunity to try their hand at a lithography workshop and create a unique design for printing on a piece of clothing, a bag or a sheet of paper. The Culture Quarter embodies DIY or do-it-yourself culture, and serves as a platform for the expression of self-created urban and placemaking ideas, as well as the development of youth subcultures in the centre of Riga, near the Origo Shopping Centre.

However, the most intriguing event of the Youth Day Festival was the dance performances and open master classes of the Brazilian martial arts club Capoeira-Latvija, where visitors could learn the exciting Brazilian art of movement with elements of acrobatics and dance.

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