On April 5, Raimonds Vējonis – the President of Latvia and the Patron of Latvia’s Centenary – held a reception for the organisers of the Latvia’s Centenary projects and events. More than 300 people attended, including the staff of the Latvian Institute, who is in charge of the international communication, organises specific media visits to Latvia and has started the initiative “Jog Latvia in the World".read_more
This year the Latvian Institute is offering slightly unusual Christmas cards, each of them promoting something that will happen next year.
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The first relates to the fact that in 2017, the Rīga-Gauja region will be the European Region of Gastronomy. A special concept, “Wild at Palate,” will be the guide to diverse dining pleasures in restaurants in Rīga, Sigulda, Cēsis and Valmiera. So let’s go Wild at Palate!
Another card relates to the fact that in 2017, Rīga will welcome choirs from all over the world for the Grand Prix of Nations and the 3rd European Choir Games. Singing together does bring nations together!
Last, but not least, the Latvian Institute seeks to promote Latvia’s amazing regional concert halls – the new Great Amber Hall in Liepāja, the GORS Concert Hall in Rēzekne, the Cēsis Concert Hall, and the recently renovated Dzintari Concert Hall in Jūrmala. Stars will be performing at all of these venues!
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Latvian First Lady Iveta Vējone, who is the patroness of Latvian schools abroad, and Latvian Institute director Aiva Rozenberga will be visiting the Tērvete Social Care Centre on Tuesday, December 13, to deliver Christmas cards made specially for the residents of the centre by pupils at the “Pūcīte” school that is part of the Leeds Latvian Centre.
This autumn, the Latvian Institute asked Latvian schools all around the world to participate in a project seeking to strengthen links between generations. The idea was to create Christmas cards for elderly residents of social care centres in Latvia, thus bringing happiness into the lives of the senior citizens and strengthening the sense of belonging to Latvia among the children who took part.
31 schools from 17 countries took part in the project. “I’m delighted to see the vast interest and heart-warming letters that we’ve been getting from these schools,” says Rozenberga. “We would like to thank every child, parent and teacher who helped to bring happiness into the lives of our senior citizens.” 23 senior citizens’ homes and social care centres will receive some 2,200 greeting cards in all.
The project is part of the #GribuTeviAtpakal (I Want You Back) initiative that the Latvian Institute launched to strengthen links between Latvians abroad and Latvia itself. The institute is thankful to the Foreign Ministry, Welfare Ministry and Latvian Language Agency for assisting with the project.read_more
2016LI and the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments Call to Establish the Status of the National City of Culture
To advance the national and international tourism in the regional cities and areas, to enhance the inhabitant’s affiliation with their cities, and to increase the availability of cultural events and the overall quality of life, the Latvian Institute and the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments call to establish the status of the National City of the Culture. To this end, a letter of appeal has been sent to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.read_more