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.