In honour of Latvia’s Centenary on November 18, the Latvian Institute is inviting the diaspora schools to prepare and send special greeting cards in the form of Latvian traditional mittens for the seniors who live in social care centres in Latvia.
For the third year in a row, the Latvian Institute is inviting the diaspora schools to participate in this special project seeking to strengthen links between generations. The idea is to send handmade greeting cards for elderly residents of social care centres in Latvia, thus bringing happiness into the lives of the seniors and strengthening the sense of belonging to Latvia among the children who took part.
This year, to greet the seniors in Latvia’s Centenary on November 18, the diaspora schools are invited to make greeting cards in the form of Latvian traditional mittens, exploring the patterns and combinations of colours our ancestors have used from generation to generation in hand-knitting.
Diaspora schools that are interested to participate are welcome to inform the Latvian Institute till September 5, 2018, via firstname.lastname@example.org. The greeting cards will be distributed from mid-October till mid-November, and during the Patriotic Week (November 11-18) the Latvian Institute will organize a special event at one of the social care centres in Latvia to hand the seniors the greeting cards in a festive ceremony.read_more
Together with the Embassy of Latvia in Finland, on July 19 the Latvian Institute will participate in the Suomi Areena public debate forum in Pori, Finland. Our theme of the day – the Centenary of Latvia and a new “Greenovative” vision for the development of the country.
Together with Latvian Institute, three very interesting lecturers will climb the stage to explain how the concept applies to their work. Mr Talis Juhna, the Vice-Rector for Research and innovation leader at Riga Technical University as well as the head of the Green Technology incubator board will explain how the universities can participate in the development of green innovations. About innovative approach to environment – and especially the Baltic Sea – the head of the Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology Ms Anda Ikauniece will speak. Mr Kaspars Vendelis, cofounder of the biohacking.lv movement as well as organizer of the first biohacking conference in the Baltics, will explain how to live till 120 years.
In the end of discussion, the kokle player Laima Jansone with the help from DJ Monsta will add a quite new contemporary dimension to this traditional Latvian music instrument.
Once every five years our small nation of 2 million people living by the Baltic Sea in Northern Europe becomes the largest choir in the world. The Latvian Song and Dance Celebration has been our bonding ritual since 1873; a way to celebrate our identity and dignity. UNESCO has recognised this phenomenon as a masterpiece of humanity (List of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, 2003).
So where did this tradition rise from? How is it unique? And what are the main ingredients? All you need to know about the Latvian Song and Dance Celebration, is explained in the new brochure by Latvian Institute, available here.read_more
In 2018 Latvia celebrates 100 years of its statehood. On this occasion, the European Commission Representation in Latvia, the Latvian Institute, and Latvian Political Science Association are organizing a high-level conference “Europe. After 100 Before” which will be held on 7th May 2018 at the National Library of Latvia.
The aim of the conference is to gather representatives from the countries which emerged on the European political map at the end of the World War I: Austria, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia. Experts and civil society representatives from the countries established 100 years ago will provide their vision of what these states and nations born at the same moment in history can offer today as a launch pad and best practice for a peaceful, democratic and prosperous future of Europe. The conference will create a platform for high-level experts and civil society representatives who would offer innovative, alternative, and forward-looking ideas based on a cross-sector approach taking stock of their historical experience and would empower policy-making on the European level.
The discussions will take place in three thematic panels: Politics, Economy, and Culture/Civil Self-Realisation/Participation. A collection of articles prepared by the participants will be published in order to make sure the views and ideas presented at the conference obtain sustainability and continuity.
The agenda of the conference here.read_more