The Rent is Too Damn High: a presentation by Jazeps on the Free Riga Initiative
Jazeps will give a short presentation about the practice of occupying vacant buildings through the aid of a cultural organization Free Riga. The organization was inspired by a movement, Occupy Riga (2013), that formed to address the problem of perfectly usable buildings being left to rot because the landlords couldnt make profit. Thus, the Free Riga initiative was established in 2015 to mediate between empty buildings and social, cultural and arts initiatives. Over the last five years Free Riga has opened six project locations and currently has three active creative territories: the social centre K57 , Tallinas creative quarter and Lastadija. Finally, the event will transform into a short screening of a selection of documentary youtube series Free Riga TV to give immersive, exclusive look into extraordinary adventures of setting up and running a community house in Rigas empty buildings. After the presentation, discussion will be opened about politics of urban space, the creative class and gentrification.