As of July 1, 2019, the Latvian Institute has a new director – Ms. Vita Timermane-Moora.
The long-standing diplomat has been entrusted with the leadership of LI to ensure change management and prepare the Institute for its transformation into a public foundation. The change in the status of the Latvian Institute will make it possible to strengthen the organisation’s autonomy, speed up decision-making and attract funding effectively.
Until now, Vita served as Counsellor at the Strategic Communications Group of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, coordinating the public diplomacy programme for the Latvian Centenary. She has been working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1998, including postings to the Embassy of Latvia in Belgium, the Latvian Embassy in France and the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO. She has overseen large-scale international public diplomacy projects in France, Belgium and Luxembourg (“Ettonnante Lettonie”, “French Spring”, “Latvian Presidency Cultural Programme”, the “Amber Vein” thematic division of Riga 2014 etc.), and has coordinated several EU communication projects in Latvia, e.g., “The European Union Garden Festival”. Vita is a recipient of the Order of Arts and Letters of France, and, before joining the diplomatic service, she was a professional musician.read_more
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 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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