Summer in Latvia is short therefore no day should be wasted. Every sunny weekend from June to August, is of golden value – swimming, sunbathing, camping or gardening. Most of these activities can be combined with a cultural event.
One of the grandest international events marking the centenary of the three Baltic countries in 2018, will be the exhibition “Symbolism in the Baltic art” at Musée d’Orsay in Paris, April 9 – July 15, 2018.
Latvian conductors Andris Nelsons and Mariss Jansons have received nominations for the prestigious 59th Grammy Music Awards in the category of “Best Orchestral Performace”.
Well-known for its magnificent coins, Latvijas Banka, the central bank of Latvia, has issued a colourful 5 euro silver collector coin dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the prominent Latvian painter Janis Rozentāls (1866–1916).
The latest fiction film by Viesturs Kairišs, the Chronicles of Melanie ("Melānijas hronika"), which will have its Latvian release from November 1, will have the International premiere at the biggest Nordic and Baltic film festival, Tallinn Black Nights, where it has been selected as one of 12 films for the official competition.
Representatives of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Finland announced that their respective countries are cooperating closely to make the most of the upcoming centenary celebrations as an opportunity to tell the world about the history and the importance of the Baltic Sea region countries, as they presented their collaborative projects on Wednesday, October 19.
The Latvian Lielais Kristaps film ceremony took place on October 12, this year, and the main prizes went to the Renārs Vimba feature film “Mellow Mud” and Vitaly Mansky’s “Under the Sun.” Three films competed for the Best Feature Film Award – Laila Pakalniņa’s “Dawn,” “Mellow Mud,” and Dāvis Sīmanis’ “Exiled,” with “Mellow Mud” winning the prize (its title in Latvian is “Es esmu šeit,” or “I Am Here”).
The Turaida Museum Reserve in Latvia, which is a protected cultural monument, has taken part this year in a European competition, “Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism 2016,” which is being organised by the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN). The theme this year was tourism and intangible heritage, and applications were submitted by 23 candidates from nine European countries – Greece, Georgia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Spain.
Latvia has nominated a movie for the best foreign film competition in next year’s American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards ceremony. This is the ninth time that Latvia has submitted a film for consideration, and this time a panel of experts at the Latvian National Film Centre (NFC) announced the selection at a news conference on September 23. This year’s Latvian entry is the feature film “Ausma” (Dawn), which was directed by Laila Pakalniņa.
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