We believe that people in Latvia would live much better if they were actively involved in social and political processes. Sometimes they just need a little encouragement and an environment for doing so.

The LAMPA conversation festival invites people to engage in conversations that lead to understanding. To diversity and its acceptance. To equality – where every opinion has the right to exist and be heard. To a desire to find out more and to take pleasure in doing so.

The LAMPA conversation festival celebrates democratic culture and provides an open, engaging and joyful environment for vigorous and enthralling conversations for everyone who cares about Latvia and the world.

The LAMPA idea was hatched and nurtured by the Foundation for an Open Society DOTS, Swedbank and the sustainable change agency SPARK from Denmark. It was inspired by similar democracy festivals in Denmark, Sweden and Estonia . The LAMPA conversation festival home is the Cēsis castle park. Many organizations and activists are involved in its creation, cooking up festival events and offering financial support.

Trust, sustainability and diversity – these three principles are at the heart of the LAMPA conversation festival. These are the three pillars on which we seek to build Latvia’s future.

Entrance to the festival is free of charge.





Confident, tasteful and brilliant – the first conversation festival LAMPA, held on July 3-4, 2015, lit up 3500 participants’ hearts and minds. Two days, over 50 events and one leitmotif – to encourage people in Latvia to overcome fear, talk and get engaged in what is happening in the country.

LAMPA gathered people, who care about social processes, and who do not wish to remain on the sidelines. LAMPA did this in an unusual format, focusing on hot issues with lightness, humour and intelligence. Free and clear, no boundaries. Two days, which succeeded in proving that everyone can be a part of something bigger, and each individual is important in the decision-making process.






.The festival is taking place from June 30 – July 1, 2017, and we invite you to join us for both festival days, staying the night in Cēsis or the surrounding area. To help you choose appropriate accommodations, we have established a Facebook group, where you can exchange information about accommodation options – seek or offer accommodations in guest houses, apartments, private rooms or simply arrange for a place to pitch your tent.

Facebook Group 




Festival Organisers

Informative Partners