Open-air theatre play/performance with the aim to energize the neighbourhood.
Brasa Pumpurs Power involved local inhabitants and invited people from other neighbourhoods to explore and understand Brasa better. The event had the form of walking tour with the stops and activities in specific places e.g. streets, old cemetery, courtyards, architectural monuments, train station. In total 50 people from local community were involved in organizing the events and around 400-500 saw the performance.
Brasa Pumpurs Power was based on poems by Latvian author Andrejs Pumpurs who was buried in The Old Cemetery.
The event, using such tools as performance, encouraged reflections linking the poem and today’s politics. Particular parts of its programme took place in various localizations which showed the diversity, historical context, local challenges and deserted area of Brasa.
At the same time the project managed to show the power of cooperation between local inhabitants and co-creating cultural events.
The project attracted media and community attention to local challenges such as empty buildings – e.g. the State institutions responsible for the old hospital building are more open and willing to discuss the potential development with the local community. Moreover, increased interest and upcoming event engaged the municipality which cleaned The Old Cemetery. After the project was conducted, the community has been more active and willing to participate in local events. It is clearly visible for example in the growing number of members of neighbourhood associations.