The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in association with the Latvian Institute (LI) calls on Latvians worldwide to take part in the Patriot Week project from 11 to 18 November, to jointly mark the Lāčplēsis Day and Latvia’s National Day (the anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia).
In honour of the holidays, the Latvian Institute will launch a series of articles and photographs on its Facebook account “Kaut kas mīļš no Latvijas” highlighting the history of the Latvian state and the selfless patriotism of its founders while inviting to look at the present day perspective of heroism and patriotism. The series of materials has been devised to promote the significance of national holidays and inspire ideas for a heartfelt celebration.
Throughout the Patriot Week, everyone is also encouraged to wear ribbon pins in the colours of the Latvian national flag. The MFA has sent 6000 m of ribbon to diaspora organisations and weekend schools worldwide, which can be used to make ribbon pins for distributing among the members of the Latvian community.
The MFA and the Latvian Institute invite Latvian patriots across the world to celebrate Latvia’s birthday together. To uphold the tradition of the Patriots Week, especially looking ahead to Latvia’s centenary, Latvians living abroad are welcome to create their national holiday photo galleries in social media with the hashtag of #patriotunedela.
Information about the Patriots Week will also be published in English on the LI Facebook account “If you like Latvia, Latvia likes you” and the official portal Latvia.eu. Members of the diaspora are invited to follow updates on the LI communication channels and share the information.
The Patriot Week supported by the Foreign Ministry seeks to encourage young Latvians living abroad to explore the origins of the Latvian state, to build pride in their belonging to Latvia and invite the Latvian community abroad to celebrate Latvian national holidays in their host countries.read_more
2016More Than 20 Latvian Schools from Diaspora to Send Christmas Cards to Elderly People in Latvia
This autumn, the Latvian Institute has invited Latvian schools from all around the world to take part in a project that strengthens links among generations of Latvians. The idea is to design and create Christmas cards for elderly people who live in Latvian social care centres, the aim being to bring happiness into seniors' lives and to strengthen the sense of belonging that children have to Latvia.
So far, more than 20 schools from all around the world have announced that they will take part in the project, and several other schools have been demonstrating an interest in this. “I’m very happy to see the vast interest and heart-warming letters that we’ve been getting from these schools,” says the director of the Latvian Institute, Aiva Rozenberga. “We would like to thank every child, parent and teacher for the desire to bring happiness into the lives of our senior citizens.”
Christmas cards for the elderly are coming from the “Kamolītis” Latvian school in Bonn, Germany, the Boston Latvian School in the United States, the European School of Brussels II in Belgium, the “Daugava” school of the Melbourne Latvian Society in Australia, the “Kamenīte” school of the Latvian Society in Ireland, the “Pūcīte” school from the Leeds Latvian Centre in England, a school in Bashkortostan, Russia, the Latvian school in Berlin, Germany, the “Pūcītes” Midlands Latvians school in Ireland, the Seattle Latvian School in the United States, the Brisbane Latvian School in Australia, the “Bergausis” Latvian school in Bergen, Norway, the Latvian school in San Diego in the United States, the Sunday school in Strasbourg, France, the Latvian school in Hamilton, Canada, the “Auseklis” Latvian language school in Switzerland, the Norrkoping Latvian school in Sweden, the Latvian school in Moscow, Russia, the Latvian school in Rome, Italy, the New Jersey Latvian school in the United States, and the Nova Odessa Latvian school in Brazil.
As has been reported in the past, the Latvian Institute has launched the #GribuTeviAtpakal (I Want you Back) initiative with the aim of strengthening links between Latvians abroad and Latvia. The Christmas card project is part of this initiative. The Latvian Institute would like to thank the Latvian Language Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for taking part in the project.
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This week, at the invitation of the Latvian Institute, publicist and film critic Donald Dewey, who is working on a monograph about Latvia's film industry, is visiting Latvia. He plans to meet with and interview representatives of the industry, to visit the Cinevilla film studio, and to present a public lecture, "From Europe to Hollywood and Back Again."
Dewey lives in New York and has written more than 30 novels and volumes of documentary prose. He is the author of a monograph about the film industry in Scandinavian countries and has worked with such film industry figures as John Stuart, Marcello Mastorianni, Lee J. Cobb and James Stuard Blackton. Dewey has also written some 30 plays that have been staged in the United States and Europe, worked on TV and film screenplays, and published articles about the film industry in various magazines in the United States.
Donald Dewey's presentation will be about the role of European actors and other professionals in the development of the global film industry, particularly focusing on Scandinavians in this regard. The lecture will be held on Thursday, September 22, at 4:00 PM at the Latvian Institute. The visit is being organised by the Latvian Institute, the Latvian National Film Centre and the US Embassy in Latvia.
Photo: Česlavs Gržibovskisread_more
This Friday, the director of the Latvian Institute (LI), Aiva Rozenberga, will visit Ireland to take part in the Latgale Regional Days event that is being organised by the Irish Latvian Chamber of Commerce, the "LatWest" Latvian association in Ireland and the Latvian Embassy in Ireland. Rozenberga will speak to those who have left Latvia, calling upon them to keep close ties with people in Latvia, think about new possibilities for co-operation and partnerships, and to think about returning to Latvia when they are ready to do so. Rozenberga will also inform participants in the event about the initiatives of LI, including collaboration projects with Latvian municipalities and employers. The purpose of these projects is to improve the quality of communication and to help the country to become more attractive when it comes to jobs.
The Latgale Regional Days event will be held from September 8 to 11 in the town of Claremorris, and the purpose is to raise interest in networking and co-operation possibilities between Ireland and Latvia. Another goal is to exchange information with municipalities in Latgale, focusing on craftspeople, businesspeople and representatives of culture and sports. Still another aim is to introduce the Irish people to Latvia's heritage, traditions, tourism, business and municipal and national work ethics.
Latvian Regional Days have been organised in Ireland since 2015, helping to maintain strong ties and to develop cultural, educational and business links between Ireland and Latvia. The process began with Kurzeme Regional Days in 2015, and in future, there will be Zemgale Regional Days in 2017 and Vidzeme Regional Days in 2018, when Latvia will be celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Photo: GORS, The Embassy of Latgale, Aleksandrs Tolopilo