Christmas is almost there and, if you are still struggling to find the right greetings card, we are here to help! With something a bit off the usual track, but still very useful to invite your friends and every friend of Latvia to visit the country's centenary celebration in 2018!
Download the card here.
And, for a true Latvian feeling in your house or office, find out here how to make the traditional Latvian Winter Solstice decoration before the Christmas tree!
Season’s Greetings, dear friends, and we wish you a happy, creative and patriotic New Year!
Your Latvian Institute
At the “Christmas in Europe” exhibition in the Danish Poster Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, the design objects of the Latvian artists Ausma Spalviņa and Ieva Krūmiņa can be seen.
The exhibition “Christmas in Europe” compliments the European Christmas traditions of 33 countries, stressing the similarities and differences in cultures and the Winter Solstice celebrations.
Latvian Institute, in support of this initiative, has sent to Museum several Latvian Christmas decorations for the display. A. Spalviņa, honouring the Latvian winter traditions and the Latvia’s upcoming centenary, made a kinetic interior object called “puzuris”. This puzuris consists of one hundred triangles and is made of the traditional material – straws. It is one of the most ancient Latvian winter decorations, used well before the Christmas tree. I.Krūmiņa, representing the skills of Latvian contemporary artists, created fussed glass design objects – birds.
Photo credits: The Danish Poster Museumread_more
Hand to hand. From people to people. Wishing to thank for the friendship and support, the people of Latvia delivered symbolic birthday cakes to our neighbouring countries Lithuania, Estonia and Finland as our greeting on their upcoming centenaries. By bicycles, vintage cars, motorcycles, tractors, SUP boards – the journey of the cakes was filmed to be made into three "road-movies".
You can watch them here.read_more
Have you ever considered that some of the most simple, most ordinary things that you take as granted in your everyday life could be produced in Latvia? Like windows you are looking through, doors you are passing by, pipelines that are an integral part of any building, packages that you tear off your purchases, bed linen and towels that caress your skin, eggs on your breakfast table and pasta you eat for lunch? Yes, they might as well be. Explore the realm of Latvian export stars via the new website, www.treasuresoflatvia.com, and get acquainted with the producers of above-mentioned goods as well as some more eccentric ones, for example, clothing for floorball goalkeepers, shamanic hats and wind tunnels.read_more