Daina Ruduša, "Riga 2014" project coordinator, Latvian Institute, 09.12.2013
Edijs Pālēns, photographer "LETA Foto". Photo by Evija Trifanova, 22.11.2013
Pauls Raudseps, Commentator; Magazine "Ir", 15.11.2013
- In the Face of a Great Adversary – Remembering the Baltic Way
Exactly 24 years ago on August 23, 1989, the nations of the Baltic States came under the collective spotlight of the world. The people of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania had had enough.
Karina Pētersone, Director of the Latvian Institute, 23.08.2013
- Identity of a Celebration
Shuffling of feet and harmonizing voices resound throughout Latvia this week. The XXV Nationwide Latvian Song and XV Dance Celebration has begun and is in full force.
Karina Pētersone Director, Latvian Institute
- Summer Solstice - Singing, Dancing, Cheese and the Magical Fern Flower
As I child I had two favourite holidays – New Year and Summer Solstice, because on both occasions I was allowed to stay up late. Of the two, Summer Solstice was of course the more exciting.
Daina Ruduša, "Riga 2014" project coordinator, Latvian Institute, 20.06.2013
- “Dream Team” - Beneath the Surface
I was much moved by the Latvian film “The Dream Team” which on the surface seems to be about sportsmanship, and specifically about the European Basketball Championship of 1935, but which undoubtedly holds a deeper meaning of greater consequence.
Alvaro de la Riva, Honourable Ambassador of Spain in Estonia, 28.05.2013
- Gabriel Jackson and the Riches of the Baltic Choral Tradition
“Imagine a song so special that everybody knows it by heart, so beautiful that everybody loves it with a passion, and that every five years over 10 000 people gather to sing to hundreds of thousands more.”
Daina Ruduša, "Riga 2014" project coordinator, Latvian Institute, 07.05.2013
- Independence Day Sentiments
Latvia celebrates its National day twice a year, on November 18 and May 4. Why so? Do we have a stronger love for our land than other nations? Maybe, but that is definitely not the reason.
Karina Pētersone, Director, Latvian Institute, 03.05.2013
- Mark Rothko Returns to Latvia
On April 24 friends of Latvia and Mark Rothko worldwide celebrated his symbolical return to his birthplace in Daugavpils at the newly established Mark Rothko Art Centre.
Karina Pētersone Director, Latvian Institute, 26.04.2013
- A Celebration of Culture like No Other
Singing, dancing, and culture in all its forms are part of the day to day life in Latvia. But there is one event which holds a special place in the busy Latvian cultural calendar – the Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration.
Daina Ruduša, “Rīga 2014” project coordinator, Latvian Institute, 09.04.2013