International Summer School “Cultural Entrepreneurship & Leadership: reconstructing, relearning, reflecting”


From 17 to 26 August 2023 the International Summer School  “Cultural Entrepreneurship & Leadership: reconstructing, relearning, reflecting” will take place organized by the Latvian Academy of Culture and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

We were delighted to have received numerous applications for the Summer School from students, researchers, lecturers, and specialists who share an interest in cultural entrepreneurship and leadership. We are thrilled to announce that our LAC Summer School 2023 will host approximately 32 local and international students from over 15 countries. They will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, workshops and site visits focused on cultural entrepreneurship and leadership in Riga!

Through this Summer School, we aim to empower individuals studying and working in the cultural sector by equipping them with the necessary tools for cultural leadership and entrepreneurship. We believe in designing resilience and sustainability through reconstruction, relearning, reflection and knowledge and practice developments, and fostering co-creation to address current issues.


Programme & Time Schedule (17-26 August)

Preparation Online preparation for the course (3rd August)

Day 1 Setting, concepts & Entrepreneurship (17th August)

Day 2 Leadership, Research on Cultural Industries, Inspiration (18th August)

Day 3 Best entrepreneurial practices (19th August)

Day 4 Daytrip to Jurmala and Riga Festival Events (20th August)

Day 5 Subsidies (21st August)

Day 6 Cultural Policy & Governance (22nd August)

Day 7 Cultural SME visit I & working on assignment (23rd August)

Day 8 Cultural SME visit II & working on assignment (24th August)

Day 9 Working on assignment (25th August)

Day 10 Final presentations & Evaluation (26th August)


The full programme of the Summer School 2023 is available

here (757.6 KB)



Latvian Academy of Culture, Ludzas Street 24, Riga, Latvia (17-19 August)

SHED Co-Living Riga, Jelgavas Street 8/12, Riga, Latvia (21-26 August)



Latvian Academy of Culture, Riga (LKA) and Erasmus University Rotterdam (ESHCC).

The organisation of logistics (funding, promotion, website, registration, administration etc.): LKA, in cooperation with the communication officers of ESHCC.

Recruitment and selection of participants: LKA and ESHCC.

Lecturers/researchers/other experts

Latvian Academy of Culture:

assoc. prof. dr. Ieva Zemīte

assoc. prof. dr. Agnese Hermane

PhD candidate Žanete Eglīte MA

PhD candidate Kristīne Freiberga MA


Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication:

prof. dr. Pauwke Berkers

dr. Frans Brouwer

prof. dr. Arjo Klamer

dr. Ellen Loots

dr. Anna Mignosa

dr. Yosha Wijngaarden


Other experts:

prof. dr. Ljubica Knežević Cvelbar (University of Ljubljana),

dr. Tomaž Simetinger (independent researcher, Ljubljana),

Nora Veerman MA (independent researcher, journalist, Amsterdam)



Moderators Ieva Zemīte and Frans Brouwer

Logistics & Contact person  Elza Stalidzēna