Overcoming the past… and the present?


Who is behind this?

Maija Pavlova

Non-profit association TARBA



Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

To promote critical thinking in order to analyse and overcome the past and present systems and promote discussion on alternative world and Europe that would be based on culture, spirituality and common good.

Where will your idea take place?

Riga, Latvia, Liepaja and other cities, Latvia

Why does Europe need your idea?

Europe is in a constant making and it needs to be built on solid grounds, i.e. on values of equality, solidarity and justice. Part of Europe still struggles with the “values” of the Soviet era and the legacy of the totalitarian regime. We need to promote understanding why people collaborated with the regime in order not to repeat the mistakes. Overcoming the totalitarian regimes could be a subject of interest in many European countries. Such as today’s system of “financial markets economy” characterised by austerity and “debt crises” in Europe and dramatic social consequences and therefore morally and economically bankrupt. We want to promote common good vs. privatisation, non-monetary exchange vs. profit making, access to knowledge for free vs. access to knowledge for some.

What is your impact?

With Latvia approaching the 100 year anniversary of its statehood (in 2018) we want to be able to say: yes, have evaluated the Soviet past and we can now turn the page and build a more democratic society. This would be a step towards overcoming the Soviet legacy – by discussing and analysing the behaviour of various actors. We would be happy if people realised that they are not slaves of consumerism but rather “researchers and craftsmen”, capable of independent thinking and autonomy. The way towards a reconstruction of our society is necessary in order to guarantee social stability and thus – peace.

How do you get there?

We intend to start the project with “intellectual mediations” event in August 2015 in Riga and then go to other cities in Latvia (e.g. Liepāja). It is intended to reach the audience with words (live reading of philosophy and poetry), film (on video-screen) and live music at the same time. We would like to go with this event of “intellectual meditations” to other countries (Austria, France, Greece, Russia, USA, and others). Starting from September 2015 – till March 2016, a series of seven lectures/film projections/discussions cycles would take place in Riga. Seven moderators would engage in discussion with the panel (ca. five speakers) and with the audience; in some of the events films and/or theatre plays would be projected.

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€ 20720,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 33050,-

Total budget

Major expenses




Idea created on April 13, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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