In collaboration with the Latvian festival Skaņu Mežs, Insomnia is working on LYRA – a project aimed at kids and teens that is supported by the EEA Grants and Norway Grants funded by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.

The project title LYRA is a fusion of two words – the Norwegian word “lytte” (“to listen”) and the Latvian word “radīt” (“to create”). The result is LYRA – a reference to both the ancient musical instrument and the northern hemisphere constellation of stars.

Lyra is a two-year collaboration between Insomnia festival and Skanu Mezs (LV) which started in April 2022. The aim of the project is to introduce young people to electronic music, a very free genre, without strict frameworks and rules one finds within others music genres. Furthermore, the project seeks to create meeting places (through workshops and concerts) where young people can be together and experience music. The project consists of two parts, one focusing on listening (2022), and a second one with a focus on creating (2023). In addition, the project also involves cultural exchange between the festivals, where the project manager from the Norwegian side went to Riga to attend the world premiere of the works during Skanu Mezs festival in September 2022, and a delegation from Latvia visiting Insomnia during the festival in October. 

The project aims to introduce kids and teenagers to experimental music and to get them involved in its creation. As it is democratic and non-hierarchical in essence, experimental music gives trained and untrained kids the chance to take part in making music. Since the project crosses social and ethnic divides, it is also socially inclusive.


    Workshops with Peter Ablinger and Sylwia Zytynska

    Interview With Alexander Rishaug

    LYRA // CONCERT Without age limit

    Anna Fišere and Miķelis Fišers present their commissioned work ‘Soul Purifying System’

    LYRA // FREE CONCERT for young ears

    Call for Participants 2023: Perform with Peter Ablinger and Silwia Zytynska

    Workshop with Anna & Mikelis Fisere

    Many worlds inside one planet: Interview with Felipe Felizardo

    LYRA 2022 Premiere at Alfheim Swimming Pool

    LYRA concerts at Insomnia 2022

    From Skanu Mezs

    Skaņu Mežs 2023, October 8, LYRA event

    Skaņu Mežs announces free entry event for youth and children


    Anna Fišere, Miķelis Fišers and Andris Kalnozols to premiere a new commission at Skaņu Mežs

    Youth masterclasses conducted by musician KODEK will take place in Daugavpils, Liepaja and Riga

    Call for participants to perform works by composers Peter Ablinger and Silwia Zytynska

    Anna and Miķelis Fišeris invite youngsters to interdisciplinary art masterclasses

    Interdisciplinary art workshops by Anna Fišere and Miķelis Fišers

    LYRA audio workshops for young people in Riga and Daugavpils

    Project LYRA invites kids to attend audio masterclasses

    LYRA commissioned works at Skaņu Mežs 2022

    LYRA workshops for young listeners in Riga, Liepāja and Daugavpils

    Linda Leimane and Mārtiņš Grauds are creating a new work for kids, with masterclasses for kids and teens

    Latvian Beasts

    LYRA: Jenny Berger Myhre and Annie Bielski create The Grinder

    Skaņu mežs 20th anniversary and LYRA opening event and press conference

    LYRA receives grants in the amount of EUR 206,256.00 within the framework of the EEA Grants and Norway Grants funded by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.

    Total LYRA eligible costs: EUR 202,510.00, European Economic Area financial instrument programme Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Culture Cooperation support sum: 85% or EUR 85,000.00, of which:
    European Economic Area financial instrument co-financing: 85% or EUR 175,317.60;
    State Budget co-financing: 15% or EUR 30,938.40.