“Culture and Arts Project NOASS” is a creative intelligence association that is in the 14th year of its operating existence and is one of the oldest non-governmental arts and culture organizations in Latvia. NOASS’ goal is to participate in the formation of the Latvian and European cultural environment.
In the main, we support the realization of contemporary arts projects in an urban environment, making art part of the daily lives of residents of Riga and visitors to the city. Furthermore, for several years now we have participated in the planning and programming of the contemporary arts forum, “White Night”, the annual “Riga City Festival” and the “International Museums Night”, as well as realizing a range of individual projects.
Prior to now, we have produced arts events linked to moving images as part of international cultural events like the “French Spring” (2007) and the “German Culture Month” (2008). Since 2001 NOASS is organizing International Video and Contemporary Art Festival “Waterpieces”. It’s an annual festival of video and contemporary art which consists of a Baltic audiovisual art competition, as well as screenings of international programs, thus providing a comprehensive insight into the latest works of contemporary art linked to the moving image. Over a number of years NOASS has established and built the platform for the Latvian Video Art Archive – the only national video art database.
The partnership between Noass and the New Riga Development Company resulted in the establishment of the Naive Art Museum of Latvia on Andrejsala in the autumn of 2006. This has provided the general public with an introduction to the work of masters of Naive art in the context of modern art.
Since 2007 we are a proud member of TEH and due to it since 2008 has functioned as a European Volunteer Services sending organization, thus promoting the mobility of young people who are interested in cultural and arts events among various public organizations.
In the spring of 2009, we started work to create a residency house in Andrejsala which has become the heart of alternative culture in Riga. This wonderful district provides a vibrant environment where various exhibition openings, concerts and happenings take place every weekend. It’s a place where one can easily make friends among the local artists, because everything here that occurs here; takes place next door.
More about NOASS – www.noass.lv