This year the Latvian Institute is offering slightly unusual Christmas cards, each of them promoting something that will happen next year.
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The first relates to the fact that in 2017, the Rīga-Gauja region will be the European Region of Gastronomy. A special concept, “Wild at Palate,” will be the guide to diverse dining pleasures in restaurants in Rīga, Sigulda, Cēsis and Valmiera. So let’s go Wild at Palate!
Another card relates to the fact that in 2017, Rīga will welcome choirs from all over the world for the Grand Prix of Nations and the 3rd European Choir Games. Singing together does bring nations together!
Last, but not least, the Latvian Institute seeks to promote Latvia’s amazing regional concert halls – the new Great Amber Hall in Liepāja, the GORS Concert Hall in Rēzekne, the Cēsis Concert Hall, and the recently renovated Dzintari Concert Hall in Jūrmala. Stars will be performing at all of these venues!
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Latvian First Lady Iveta Vējone, who is the patroness of Latvian schools abroad, and Latvian Institute director Aiva Rozenberga will be visiting the Tērvete Social Care Centre on Tuesday, December 13, to deliver Christmas cards made specially for the residents of the centre by pupils at the “Pūcīte” school that is part of the Leeds Latvian Centre.
This autumn, the Latvian Institute asked Latvian schools all around the world to participate in a project seeking to strengthen links between generations. The idea was to create Christmas cards for elderly residents of social care centres in Latvia, thus bringing happiness into the lives of the senior citizens and strengthening the sense of belonging to Latvia among the children who took part.
31 schools from 17 countries took part in the project. “I’m delighted to see the vast interest and heart-warming letters that we’ve been getting from these schools,” says Rozenberga. “We would like to thank every child, parent and teacher who helped to bring happiness into the lives of our senior citizens.” 23 senior citizens’ homes and social care centres will receive some 2,200 greeting cards in all.
The project is part of the #GribuTeviAtpakal (I Want You Back) initiative that the Latvian Institute launched to strengthen links between Latvians abroad and Latvia itself. The institute is thankful to the Foreign Ministry, Welfare Ministry and Latvian Language Agency for assisting with the project.read_more
2016LI and the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments Call to Establish the Status of the National City of Culture
To advance the national and international tourism in the regional cities and areas, to enhance the inhabitant’s affiliation with their cities, and to increase the availability of cultural events and the overall quality of life, the Latvian Institute and the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments call to establish the status of the National City of the Culture. To this end, a letter of appeal has been sent to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.read_more
Marking the 98th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia, the seminar “Liepāja and Hamburg: the Port Cities in a New Splendour” dedicated to culture tourism was organised in Berlin, accompanied by a concert of Liepāja String Quartet and a diplomatic reception.
During the seminar, the director of the Latvian Institute Aiva Rozenberga introduced the audience with the projects and culture programme scheduled for the celebration of the Centenary of Latvia in 2018. Meanwhile, the representative of Liepāja region Tourism information office Inta Šoriņa and the art director of the newly built concert hall “Great Amber” Baiba Bartkeviča presented the facilities of the building and the concert programme for the next year and informed about the new cultural tourism opportunities in Liepaja and its surroundings. Also, Elita Kuzma, the ambassador of the Republic of Latvia in Germany, and Wolfgang Schmidt, the Representative of the City of Hamburg, greeted the audience.read_more