A 15 min film about the history of the Naval Port can be viewed un Prison buffet free of charge.
Large-scale photo exhibition “Latvian soldier then and now” was created in June, 2019 by the annual creative photo workshop during the first Karosta Festival
Freedom trail in a 10 km long hiking trail, that takes you along the old fortifications and 1919 Independence battle locations.
The 20 km bicycle route of Karosta goes along the least known streets of Karosta and unveils some of its hidden gems.
Redan is part of Liepaja Fortress built at the turn of the century. There were heavy battles against Bermontians during the Independence War in 1919. Large-scale murals were created during Karosta Festivals in 2019 and 2020.
ART WILL SAVE KAROSTA
Karosta – built for war, seen its prime, misery and times of change. Today – a place where people live, work and rest.
Karosta – a place where art is created.
June of 2020 opened the doors for “THE KAROSTA FESTIVAL. Thirty years of independence in Karosta, 1990-2020”.
Several new works of art have been created as part of it and can be viewed in several spots throughout Karosta. We offer to use this map and follow the “Baltic Navy” (concrete boats made by sculptor Egons Peršēvics) and visit the art and historic objects.
Karosta Prison. In the cells of Karosta Prison, three Latvian artists (Justīne Seile-Urtāne, Kristīne Dekovice and Agnese Rudzīte) created splendid 360⁰ paintings.
On Invalīdu Street near Karosta Prison, you can find a large-format mural painting by Eduards Dubrovskis (Latvia).
“State powers once left but a stump where there was once a powerful tree of our nation; we can now see our history and recognize who we once were through its rings; but our roots are deep and we are growing anew. Through a common goal we let free the sprouts from the shackles of the past so that we can grow great and be truly free. A dedication to 30 years of independence in Karosta, 1990-2020.”
Recreation park “Beberliņi”. Sculpture “BRĪVĪBU BALTIJAI!” (Freedom for Baltics!) by Egons Peršēvics (2015)
The idea of the sculpture is that the view of the world is much different today from what it was when our country was created. Today people value their own cosmos more than common goals and ideas.
Northern forts. Clara Cabrera (Spain) mural “Pētertirgus” (Peter’s market), Alexei Elementton (Karosta) mural “Нептун следит за базаром” (Neptun watches the market/thinks what he’s saying) and Al Sticking (Francija) mural of old lady’s portrait.
Redan. Artists: Robin Abramovic (Austria), JP Pemapsorn (Thailand), Luan Li (China), Clara Cabrera (Spain), Luis F. Guevara (Venezuela), Bartosz Janczak (UK) and Kim Schmitz Coll (Spain), Predrag Radonavovic (Serbia), Ramunas Vaicekauskas (Lithuania), Egons Peršēvics (Latvia), Ieva Engelmane-Galagher (UK), Agnese un Jānis Rudzīši (Latvia), Katrina Kolk (Estonia), Katrīna Vīnerte (Latvia).
Northern pier. Egons Peršēvics sculpture “Karostas nāriņa” (Mermaid of Karosta) by the Nothern pier.
Legend of Karosta’s mermaid is a love story. During the horrible storm of October 18, 1967 the mermaid saved a Navy Major’s life near Liepāja and fell in love with him, but the Major was sent to serve in Vladivostok at the end of the summer and they never meet again. The Major left just like mermaid’s youth and now the mermaid, not a young girl anymore, still swims by the Northern pier and waits for her loved one.
Guided tours in Karosta Prison
Guided tours are free of charge for children younger than 7 years.
!!! If you wish to support Society ot Save Karosta, donate to A/S Swedbanka LV58HABA0551004375031 or at the Karosta Prison.