Kometa is an open-air festival, a social and cultural experiment which invites to “see the invisible” and practice freedom through music, dance, lectures, workshops, circus performances and talks.
On Sunday, the festival will traditionally be open free of charge to all and in particular to the local communities, seniors and families with children.
The aim of the festival is to revive the Daugavgriva fortress as a place of culture and thinking and to stimulate public discussions about its future development.
The Daugavgriva fortress is the only construction of this type of fortification and one of the most significant military heritage sites in Latvia. It is a unique national monument, which dates back to the 17th century, but it has been neglected for years. Although institutions acknowledge that the fortress must be preserved, first, as state property and, secondly, as a cultural heritage, still its long-term development has not been a priority of any institution.
Since the beginning of 2014, a local non-governmental organization Bolderaja Group has been actively involved in the ideological revival and practical management of the fortress. Other organizations have also taken part in bringing life in the fortress by organizing concerts, movie evenings, White Night and Museum Night events. However, these separate events have not had the necessary capacity to draw the public’s attention to the fort and to stimulate debate about its long-term development.
The Kometa Festival has been widely covered in the media already in its first year. It received very good feedback from visitors and involved artists. Kometa becomes a unique example of the cooperation between the governmental and non-governmental sectors, the city and the private sector.
The Kometa is a unique festival because it offers cultural content with the potential to have a lasting impact on visitors after the festival. Festival encourages thinking, analyzing, evaluating as well as acting and promoting community-building, which in the current local and global political and social situation is likely to become more important than ever.
We dare to think that once humans will be more than consumers and polluters of this planet. We want to learn from nature where everything is in balance. We want to live in peace and harmony with the Earth, so we create Kometa festival in line with the following principles:
- No disposable plastic and waste
There is no garbage in nature. We want to use this as an inspiration for managing the festival’s waste. We sort the waste. We avoid creating waste and we are composting on the spot from fallen leaves and food leftovers.
- Organic food
Ecology of mind starts from the stomach. Food production is today one of the greatest contributors to environmental pollution, and we want to tackle this challenge by offering food produced without pesticides and synthetic fertilizers and food produced by local farmers. Our mission is to feed people while taking care of farmers and rural development, animal welfare, our health and the health of this planet.
- Investing in the island’s infrastructure
We do everything to build, not to rent. Our infrastructure is built from recycled or donated materials. Stages, toilets, showers, etc. can be used for other events organized by local community, as well as facilitate the construction of next Kometa festivals.
- Living on the island
Put up your tent wherever you want to.
- Public transport
We encourage everyone to come by public transport or share a taxi. Riding a bike to the festival can be dangerous because the only route connecting the Island to Riga is narrow and with intense traffic. Cars are not allowed in the territory of the festival and the festival will not organize a special parking lot. The nearest unguarded parking places are within a 10-minute walk from the island.
- No advertising
When was the last time you did not see any ads for three days? There will be no banners in the festival area. All caterers and bars will lose their Riga’s identity. We will thank our supporters using our website and printed materials.
- Territory improvement
Each year we orgnize two or more collective work session to tidy up the territory by engaging local residents and businesses. In 2016, over 250 people put in at least one day into bettering the island.