National Film Centre of Latvia together with the Secretariat of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union has compiled a comprehensive Latvian film collection. It consists of 70 classical and contemporary films divided thematically between 25 DVDs. The selection makes up the most important pages of the history of Latvian cinematography. The compilation is distributed to embassies of Latvia abroad, providing Latvians abroad with an access to the mentioned films.
The Latvian Institute in cooperation with Inspired Digital has prepared an interactive application for the official Facebook page of Latvia, what will contribute to promoting Latvian cinema in other countries. The application is a test that shows which Latvian film character is the most similar to you. Furthermore, the application lists the embassies of Latvia that hold the aforementioned collections of selected Latvian films. Feel free to try the test yourself via the following link: http://ej.uz/Latvian_Film_Collection
Latvian Institute and the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia in cooperation with Giraffe Visualisations Group and Foundation Rīga|2014 have prepared a virtual tour through the former KGB Headquarters in Rīga.
A total of eighteen 360 degree panorama photographies show different scenes from the edifice, which is considered to be among the most symbolic testaments to the Soviet occupation of Latvia (1940-1941, 1944-1991). The tour additionally contains explanatory texts, photographs and videos.
The local and international popularity of the historical exposition by the Museum of Occupation together with the six exhibitions by the Foundation Rīga|2014 made the KGB Building the most visited object of the Rīga – European Capital of Culture 2014 programme.
Honouring Latvia’s new role as Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Latvian Institute has released an interactive dance simulator „Keep in step with Latvians”, allowing to join in a traditional Latvian folk-dance and celebrate the beginning of an important six month period.
The dance simulator was created as an application in Latvia’s official Facebook page “If You Like Latvia, Latvia Likes You” to mark the transition among two significant events as Rīga says farewell to its title of European Capital of Culture and Latvia assumes the Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Link to the application: “Keep in step with Latvians”.
The newly made application “Keep in step with Latvians” gives an opportunity to learn moves of the Latvian folk-dance “Spriguleits” by clicking through challenging 195 dance steps while only using finger dexterity.
At the same time, a real-life dance floor in the headquarters of the Council of the EU in Brussels has been placed, showing the actual steps of the same dance for anyone interested to actually jump through.
“Our game showcases the viability and presence of traditions in Latvia and serves as a symbolic relay from the European Capital of Culture to the Presidency period,” tells director of the Latvian Institute Karina Pētersone. “The game also incorporates two priorities of the Latvian Presidency – innovation and digitalization. This product demonstrates Latvian competence in design and digital solutions.”
While the Presidency is an opportunity to contribute to the political agenda, it is also a chance to inspire the European public by offering a wide and outstanding cultural programme.
“Keep in step with Latvians” has already been played by more than 1150 people, by whom 175 000 steps have been danced. That is the equivalent of 50 times the distance between the new National Library Building and the Monument in Rīga.
„If you like Latvia, Latvia likes you” has gathered 75 000 likes from people around the world, which allows to cover an audience of more than half a million users worldwide.read_more
Latvian people have named three legendary contemporaries, the composer Raimonds Pauls, the former state president Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga and the world-famous former goaltender Artūrs Irbe, among the ten most excellent personalities, who form the future history of this Baltic nation, a survey launched by the Latvian Institute and television channel HISTORY shows.
The seven other outstanding Latvian contemporary personalities are the painter Džemma Skulme, the poetress Māra Zālīte, the academician Jānis Stradiņš, the theatre director Alvis Hermanis, the film director Jānis Streičs, the poet Jānis Peters as well as Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation who support distinguished and socially important charitable initiatives.
“This type of survey helps us notice the truly valuable things around us, that we might have otherwise missed. It is also a way to glorify Latvia’s brightest people. I would like to thank the organizers of this survey, our partners, jury members and, of course, all those who voted. Interestingly, the opinions of our jury and voters were very close. We hope that this uplifting survey would become an annual tradition,” noted the Director of the Latvian Institute Karina Pētersone.
The aim of the survey, which was composed of a list of 100 specially chosen personalities, considering their reputation, contribution to the development of economy or any particular field, introduction of innovations and, in effect, the promotion of Latvia abroad, was to strengthen the national identity, highlight inspiring role models and contribute to a positive image of this Baltic country.
Raimonds Pauls, the accomplished pianist, jazz musician and composer, who has been a symbol and a legend of Latvia for a long time, expressed gratitude to the organisers of the survey and people who voted for him, while academician Jānis Stradiņš, an outstanding chemist, a historian of chemistry, science, and culture, a science manager, and an influential public figure, stressed that he was particularly pleased that a special category was allocated to science which, according to him, is still an undervalued field in Latvia. He also said that it would be advisable to hold such type of surveys each year as it would highlight achievements of Latvians in different fields.
Nearly 5000 Latvians took part in the online survey by choosing their favourite candidate in five categories: culture, politics, sports, science and entrepreneurship. The results of the survey were partly dependent on the decision of the jury panel comprising representatives of the Latvian Institute and television channel HISTORY as well as other competent experts.read_more