13.01
2016
Aiva Rozenberga has been confirmed for the post of director of the Latvian Institute

Aiva Rozenberga has been confirmed for the post of director of the Latvian Institute

Aiva Rozenberga has been confirmed for the post of director of the Latvian Institute by government on January 12. She will begin work on March 1.
 
Aiva Rozenberga currently is the spokeswoman of Latvia's outgoing Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma. From 1998 to 2007, Rozenberga worked as President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga's press secretary and the head of the presidential press service. In 2008, she took a position on the project of Rīga as the European Capital of Culture and headed the “Riga 2014” Foundation. During her career, Rozenberga has held a position of the press secretary of the Latvian Song and Dance Celebration and an adviser for the workgroup on the celebrations of Latvia’s 90th anniversary. She has also worked as a journalist at “Latvijas Radio” and as its special reporter in Estonia.

In 2007, she studied at the ZEIT-Stiftung Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance for young leaders. Aiva Rozenberga holds a Master of Arts degree in Humanities from the University of Latvia. 

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13.05
2015
National Cinema Promotes Latvia During the Presidency

National Cinema Promotes Latvia During the Presidency

National Film Centre of Latvia together with the Secretariat of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union has compiled a comprehensive Latvian film collection. It consists of 70 classical and contemporary films divided thematically between 25 DVDs. The selection makes up the most important pages of the history of Latvian cinematography. The compilation is distributed to embassies of Latvia abroad, providing Latvians abroad with an access to the mentioned films.

The Latvian Institute in cooperation with Inspired Digital has prepared an interactive application for the official Facebook page of Latvia, what will contribute to promoting Latvian cinema in other countries. The application is a test that shows which Latvian film character is the most similar to you. Furthermore, the application lists the embassies of Latvia that hold the aforementioned collections of selected Latvian films. Feel free to try the test yourself via the following link:  http://ej.uz/Latvian_Film_Collection

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23.01
2015
Tour the KGB Building in Rīga Virtually!

Tour the KGB Building in Rīga Virtually!

Latvian Institute and the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia in cooperation with Giraffe Visualisations Group and Foundation Rīga|2014 have prepared a virtual tour through the former KGB Headquarters in Rīga.

A total of eighteen 360 degree panorama photographies show different scenes from the edifice, which is considered to be among the most symbolic testaments to the Soviet occupation of Latvia (1940-1941, 1944-1991). The tour additionally contains explanatory texts, photographs and videos.

 

The local and international popularity of the historical exposition by the Museum of Occupation together with the six exhibitions by the Foundation Rīga|2014 made the KGB Building the most visited object of the Rīga – European Capital of Culture 2014 programme.

 

Links:

Tour the KGB Building (in English)
Tour the KGB Building (in Latvian)

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14.01
2015
Latvians Begin Presidency with a Folk Dance

Latvians Begin Presidency with a Folk Dance

Honouring Latvia’s new role as Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Latvian Institute has released an interactive dance simulator „Keep in step with Latvians”, allowing to join in a traditional Latvian folk-dance and celebrate the beginning of an important six month period.

The dance simulator was created as an application in Latvia’s official Facebook page “If You Like Latvia, Latvia Likes You” to mark the transition among two significant events as Rīga says farewell to its title of European Capital of Culture and Latvia assumes the Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Link to the application: “Keep in step with Latvians”.

 

The newly made application “Keep in step with Latvians” gives an opportunity to learn moves of the Latvian folk-dance “Spriguleits” by clicking through challenging 195 dance steps while only using finger dexterity.

At the same time, a real-life dance floor in the headquarters of the Council of the EU in Brussels has been placed, showing the actual steps of the same dance for anyone interested to actually jump through.

 

“Our game showcases the viability and presence of traditions in Latvia and serves as a symbolic relay from the European Capital of Culture to the Presidency period,” tells director of the Latvian Institute Karina Pētersone. “The game also incorporates two priorities of the Latvian Presidency – innovation and digitalization. This product demonstrates Latvian competence in design and digital solutions.”

While the Presidency is an opportunity to contribute to the political agenda, it is also a chance to inspire the European public by offering a wide and outstanding cultural programme.

“Keep in step with Latvians” has already been played by more than 1150 people, by whom 175 000 steps have been danced. That is the equivalent of 50 times the distance between the new National Library Building and the Monument in Rīga.

 

 „If you like Latvia, Latvia likes you” has gathered 75 000 likes from people around the world, which allows to cover an audience of more than half a million users worldwide.

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