In honour of Latvia’s Centenary, the Latvian Institute (LI) has created a new video, dedicated to the power and strength of Latvian nation and statehood. The video is available both in Latvian and English, with subtitles in Russian, German and French coming soon.
“This is the story about the source of our power. To have our very own nation, that is an important value – and each of us with our energy, thoughts and deeds creates the democratic power of the nation that guides us through all the challenges and empowers to celebrate our common accomplishments,” says Aiva Rozenberga, the director of LI.
The video versions are available in LI’s social accounts: Facebook’s If you like Latvia, Latvia likes you, Latvian Institute and Kaut kas mīļš no Latvijas; Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and, of course, Latvia.eu, the official homepage of Latvia in English.
Just as a state is built with the energy of its people, also this video would not have been possible without the energy of its creators. Many thanks to the folk-band “Rāva”, ceramicist Laima Grigone, dancers Dārta Apsīte and Mārcis Benužs, sauna expert Valdis Ķīķeris, tennis player Kristiāna Linda Zahare, forest lady Inese Pūra and winter swimmer Imants Vašķis, Gaja and her master Lauris Ivanovs, chess-player Miķelis Vingris and opera-singer Inga Šļubovska-Kancēviča, and, last but not least, the tower-builder Ričards Prikulis.
The production of the video was managed by the Latvian Institute, DDB Latvia agency, and Tritone Studio with the director Lauris Ābele in lead. Many thanks for the technical suport to BB Rental, SDG Lighting and Gigi Bloks, as well as the culture palace “Ziemeļblāzma” for providing the filming grounds.
On 17 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, during the Festival Baltic States at Konzerthaus Berlin, delivered opening remarks for the celebrations of Latvia’s Centenary in Germany. The series of events began with a seminar for German journalists who specialise in culture and tourism, featuring a presentation of the Centenary programme and followed by an organ recital by Iveta Apkalna, a renowned Latvian performer. The programme of Latvia’s centenary and its central events were presented by Aiva Rozenberga, Director of the Latvian Institute.
The Festival Baltic States in Berlin rings in the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Latvia in Germany. The festival showcases Latvian musicians such as Iveta Apkalna, the State Choir Latvija, the Latvian Voices vocal ensemble, the Skride sisters, and cellist Kristīne Blaumane.
Back-to-back with a Latvian Voices concert on 21 February, the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia will hold an economic seminar introducing the audiences to Latvia’s investment environment and successful Latvian businesses which seek cooperation partners in Germany.
Centenary celebrations in Berlin will begin with the first screening of a Latvian Television documentary, “Hide-and-Seek in Music. Elīna Garanča” on 20 February. The world-renowned opera singer will personally attend the premiere. The film is to be demonstrated at the Avant Première international music and media market held in parallel with the Berlinale Film Festival.
On 19 February, also within the framework of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Latvian National Film Centre jointly with its Lithuanian and Estonian partners will host a reception dedicated to the centenaries of the Baltic States.
On 18 February, the Baltic Academies Orchestra, including young talents from Jāzeps Vītols Music Academy of Latvia, are finishing their centenary concert tour in Europe with a concert at the Universität der Künste Berlin.read_more
One hundred years, one hundred stories – snapshots of the codes of our consciousness, values and virtues, a glimpse at both the changeable and the constant Latvia: this is what the new book, published by Latvian Institute, is about.
Just like any other nation, we have our unforgettable experiences and past traumas, which we strive to overcome, big and small victories that keep inspiring us and keep reminding us of the things worth fighting for, special people and landmarks as important symbols telling the story of who we are, our weaknesses and strengths, and our future ambitions. The ingredients that make a nation are often the same, but their endless combinations are what make each and every nation unique and beautiful. Just like in the story about Latgalian pottery – we are all different, yet made of the same substance. Let us explore, inspire, support and celebrate each other, because we are all connected. We are all one.
In 2018, Latvia – a country in Northern Europe, by the Baltic Sea, is celebrating its centenary of statehood.read_more
The world-famous Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons has received an extraordinary gift in his 75th birthday on January 14, 2018. A new tulip, created in Latvia and bred in Netherlands, was named after him.
The idea to create a new tulip came from the Embassy of Latvia in Netherlands, highlighting the fact that Mariss Jansons, who was the chief conductor of The Royal Concertgebouw for 11 years, is, perhaps, the most well-known Latvian in Netherlands. With the participation of the Latvian ambassador to the Netherlands Ilze Rūse, ambassador of the Netherlands to Latvia Pieter Jan Langenberg, the creator of the tulip Juris Egle (Latvia) and the breeder of the tulip Jan Pennings (Netherlands), the name “Mariss Jansons” was officially allocated to the tulip by Aiva Rozenberga, the director of Latvian Institute.
During the ceremony, a musical greeting was be performed by another famous Latvian Maestro, Raimonds Pauls.
In 2018, Latvia celebrates its centenary, and an important part of the celebration is the international culture programme abroad. In Netherlands, it is mostly planned around Mariss Jansons’ personality.
Photo: Kaspars Gardaread_more