06.03
2019
New tools for learning and translating Latvian

New tools for learning and translating Latvian
The Latvian Language Agency has developed a new online resource to help people everywhere take their first steps in the Latvian language.
Named e-Laipa, (e-Footbridge) it is intended for adults learning Latvian and can take them through some of the basics of the language to A1 and A2-rated proficiency.
 
Also, a comprehensive machine translation service - hugo.lv - for the Latvian public sector, enabling multilingualism in the government's e-services has been created. Built by "Tilde", the service provides automated translation of texts, full documents, and websites from Latvian to English and vice versa, as well as from Latvian to Russian. Via API, the service is fully integrated into public sector platforms and websites, enabling multilingual access to e-gov information and e-services. The service is also integrated into Latvia’s e-services platform, Latvija.lv. Users can also suggest new translations, continuously improving the MT service with new data.
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21.11
2018
The Future Heritage of Today exhibition opens

The Future Heritage of Today exhibition opens

What will today look like in 100 years? What would we remember from the year 2018 if we could take a time travel to 2118 and look back? What will become the cultural heritage adopted by future generations? In the poster exhibition The Future Heritage of Today, 10 European artists present creative reflections on these questions.

 

2018 is the year of Latvian as well as other European centenaries. It is also The European Year of Cultural Heritage which celebrates everything we share and what makes us different in the common European space. The slogan for the year is: Our heritage: where the past meets the future. Indeed, it is an occasion to contemplate the past and evaluate the achievements and challenges of the past 100 years. But it is also a great opportunity to look at the present and at ourselves today from new perspectives.

 

The Future Heritage of Today is produced by EUNIC Latvia – a network of European Union National Institutes for Culture. The 10 national posters are created with the support from Institut Francais, Goethe-Institut Riga, Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, British Council, Latvian Institute, Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia, Lithuanian Culture Institute, Embassy of Poland in Riga,

Embassy of Austria in Riga and Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Riga. The participating artists are: Rudens Stencil (Latvia), Peter Fuchs (Austria), Mormor (Denmark), Anna Haifisch (Germany), Iona Sjöfn (Iceland), Evelina Germanovic, Dovile Kacerauskaite, Toma Kanyte & Simas Kisielius (Lithuania), Dawid Ryski (Poland), Juraj Blaško & Peter Nosál (Slovakia), Molly Fairhurst (United Kingdom) and César Henry (France).

 

The exhibition is implemented in collaboration with Latvian art center SERDE and realized with the support of the European Commission representation in Latvia.

 

The opening of the exhibition will take place on November 22, 17.30 at Galerija Centrs (main street). Everyone is welcome. The exhibition will be on display until December 5.

 

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05.11
2018
Wear a pair of Latvian mittens and celebrate LV100 with us!

Wear a pair of Latvian mittens and celebrate LV100 with us!

The 100th anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia will be celebrated in Riga, throughout Latvia, and around the world on November 18th, 2018 with a wide programme of events. The #LV100 Bureau invites everyone to wear a pair of beautiful Latvian mittens, send warm greetings to your friends, and post on social media using the hashtag #LV100.
 

On November 18th, everyone is invited to wear mittens while attending ceremonies or honouring Latvia with a circle of friends. Beloved Latvian author and poet Imants Ziedonis wrote: “Latvians go out in to the world wearing patterned mittens and throw them into the treasure chest of cultures along with Persian rugs, Indian and Japanese silks, Chinese porcelain, and Russian woodcuts...”
 

Latvian mittens are a timeless classic—they also tell the history of Latvia because they have been used in battle by Latvian Riflemen, have travelled to Siberia in exile, and are still used here in Latvia. The patterns and colour combinations of Latvian mittens are endless, but each region of Latvia has its characteristic colours: in Kurzeme—white, grey, red and violet; in Latgale—red, yellow, green and white; in Vidzeme—white, grey, and light brown or green; and, in Zemgale—variations of green and brown tones.
 

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03.10
2018
"Latvia. The Greenovative Country" fact sheet published

"Latvia. The Greenovative Country" fact sheet published

In honour of the Centenary of Latvia, the Latvian Institute has published a new fact sheet with the title "Latvia. The Greenovative Country".

 

The new fact sheet gives an overall insight into the Latvian society, its characteristic lifestyle, roots and traditions, at the same time also emphasizing the spirit for innovation and creativity. The term “greenovative” – the combination of words “green” and “innovative” – nicely illustrates the desired course of development in Latvia and the society: the closeness to nature and ability to get inspired by it, as well as the tendency to look for ever new, modern and sustainable solutions, becoming an important hotspot for start-ups in Europe. “According to entrepreneurs, students and experts, it is exactly this greenovative and creativity aspect that attracts them to our Latvia,” says Aiva Rozenberga, Director of the Latvian Institute.

 

The factsheet is available online here. For the printed versions, please contact us at info@li.lv.

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