On 17 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, during the Festival Baltic States at Konzerthaus Berlin, delivered opening remarks for the celebrations of Latvia’s Centenary in Germany. The series of events began with a seminar for German journalists who specialise in culture and tourism, featuring a presentation of the Centenary programme and followed by an organ recital by Iveta Apkalna, a renowned Latvian performer. The programme of Latvia’s centenary and its central events were presented by Aiva Rozenberga, Director of the Latvian Institute.
The Festival Baltic States in Berlin rings in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Latvia in Germany. The festival showcases Latvian musicians such as Iveta Apkalna, the State Choir Latvija, the Latvian Voices vocal ensemble, the Skride sisters, and cellist Kristīne Blaumane.
Back-to-back with a Latvian Voices concert on 21 February, the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia will hold an economic seminar introducing the audiences to Latvia’s investment environment and successful Latvian businesses which seek cooperation partners in Germany.
Centenary celebrations in Berlin will begin with the first screening of a Latvian Television documentary, “Hide-and-Seek in Music. Elīna Garanča” on 20 February. The world-renowned opera singer will personally attend the premiere. The film is to be demonstrated at the Avant Première international music and media market held in parallel with the Berlinale Film Festival.
On 19 February, also within the framework of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Latvian National Film Centre jointly with its Lithuanian and Estonian partners will host a reception dedicated to the centenaries of the Baltic States.
On 18 February, the Baltic Academies Orchestra, including young talents from Jāzeps Vītols Music Academy of Latvia, are finishing their centenary concert tour in Europe with a concert at the Universität der Künste Berlin.read_more
One hundred years, one hundred stories – snapshots of the codes of our consciousness, values and virtues, a glimpse at both the changeable and the constant Latvia: this is what the new book, published by Latvian Institute, is about.
Just like any other nation, we have our unforgettable experiences and past traumas, which we strive to overcome, big and small victories that keep inspiring us and keep reminding us of the things worth fighting for, special people and landmarks as important symbols telling the story of who we are, our weaknesses and strengths, and our future ambitions. The ingredients that make a nation are often the same, but their endless combinations are what make each and every nation unique and beautiful. Just like in the story about Latgalian pottery – we are all different, yet made of the same substance. Let us explore, inspire, support and celebrate each other, because we are all connected. We are all one.
In 2018, Latvia – a country in Northern Europe, by the Baltic Sea, is celebrating its centenary of statehood.read_more
The world-famous Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons has received an extraordinary gift in his 75th birthday on January 14, 2018. A new tulip, created in Latvia and bred in Netherlands, was named after him.
The idea to create a new tulip came from the Embassy of Latvia in Netherlands, highlighting the fact that Mariss Jansons, who was the chief conductor of The Royal Concertgebouw for 11 years, is, perhaps, the most well-known Latvian in Netherlands. With the participation of the Latvian ambassador to the Netherlands Ilze Rūse, ambassador of the Netherlands to Latvia Pieter Jan Langenberg, the creator of the tulip Juris Egle (Latvia) and the breeder of the tulip Jan Pennings (Netherlands), the name “Mariss Jansons” was officially allocated to the tulip by Aiva Rozenberga, the director of Latvian Institute.
During the ceremony, a musical greeting was be performed by another famous Latvian Maestro, Raimonds Pauls.
In 2018, Latvia celebrates its centenary, and an important part of the celebration is the international culture programme abroad. In Netherlands, it is mostly planned around Mariss Jansons’ personality.
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In 2017, the Latvian Institute has coordinated more than 80 foreign media visits in Latvia, introducing with the Centenary of Latvia programme, history and development of various sectors.
During the year we have organised media visits from many European countries, e.g., Germany, Scandinavia, Ukraine, Poland, Spain, Portugal, France, and United Kingdom. LI’s Centenary Media programme was started in May with journalists from Lithuania and Estonia, with the main focus on Latgale region and 4th of May celebration. One of the most significant visits was the first media delegation from the Republic of Korea, whose core interest was the development of Latvia’s economy, relations with Russia and culture. LI has also been more active in attracting journalists with the main focus on culture: Latvian books, museums, concert offers. More and more journalists are interested in our startup scene and innovations.
LI’s Centenary Media programme will continue next year, which is the actual year when Latvia turns 100. More on the programme you can read here.read_more