In 2017, the Latvian Institute has coordinated more than 80 foreign media visits in Latvia, introducing with the Centenary of Latvia programme, history and development of various sectors.
During the year we have organised media visits from many European countries, e.g., Germany, Scandinavia, Ukraine, Poland, Spain, Portugal, France, and United Kingdom. LI’s Centenary Media programme was started in May with journalists from Lithuania and Estonia, with the main focus on Latgale region and 4th of May celebration. One of the most significant visits was the first media delegation from the Republic of Korea, whose core interest was the development of Latvia’s economy, relations with Russia and culture. LI has also been more active in attracting journalists with the main focus on culture: Latvian books, museums, concert offers. More and more journalists are interested in our startup scene and innovations.
LI’s Centenary Media programme will continue next year, which is the actual year when Latvia turns 100. More on the programme you can read here.read_more
Christmas is almost there and, if you are still struggling to find the right greetings card, we are here to help! With something a bit off the usual track, but still very useful to invite your friends and every friend of Latvia to visit the country's centenary celebration in 2018!
Download the card here.
And, for a true Latvian feeling in your house or office, find out here how to make the traditional Latvian Winter Solstice decoration before the Christmas tree!
Season’s Greetings, dear friends, and we wish you a happy, creative and patriotic New Year!
Your Latvian Institute
At the “Christmas in Europe” exhibition in the Danish Poster Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, the design objects of the Latvian artists Ausma Spalviņa and Ieva Krūmiņa can be seen.
The exhibition “Christmas in Europe” compliments the European Christmas traditions of 33 countries, stressing the similarities and differences in cultures and the Winter Solstice celebrations.
Latvian Institute, in support of this initiative, has sent to Museum several Latvian Christmas decorations for the display. A. Spalviņa, honouring the Latvian winter traditions and the Latvia’s upcoming centenary, made a kinetic interior object called “puzuris”. This puzuris consists of one hundred triangles and is made of the traditional material – straws. It is one of the most ancient Latvian winter decorations, used well before the Christmas tree. I.Krūmiņa, representing the skills of Latvian contemporary artists, created fussed glass design objects – birds.
Photo credits: The Danish Poster Museumread_more
Hand to hand. From people to people. Wishing to thank for the friendship and support, the people of Latvia delivered symbolic birthday cakes to our neighbouring countries Lithuania, Estonia and Finland as our greeting on their upcoming centenaries. By bicycles, vintage cars, motorcycles, tractors, SUP boards – the journey of the cakes was filmed to be made into three "road-movies".
You can watch them here.read_more