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
Marking the 98th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia, the seminar “Liepāja and Hamburg: the Port Cities in a New Splendour” dedicated to culture tourism was organised in Berlin, accompanied by a concert of Liepāja String Quartet and a diplomatic reception.
During the seminar, the director of the Latvian Institute Aiva Rozenberga introduced the audience with the projects and culture programme scheduled for the celebration of the Centenary of Latvia in 2018. Meanwhile, the representative of Liepāja region Tourism information office Inta Šoriņa and the art director of the newly built concert hall “Great Amber” Baiba Bartkeviča presented the facilities of the building and the concert programme for the next year and informed about the new cultural tourism opportunities in Liepaja and its surroundings. Also, Elita Kuzma, the ambassador of the Republic of Latvia in Germany, and Wolfgang Schmidt, the Representative of the City of Hamburg, greeted the audience.read_more
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.
Photo: Ieva Luka/ LETAread_more