Sprechen Sie Kultur? German Language Days under way

The first ever "German-language days in Latvia" are taking place October 17 until October 19, putting 'Ļettland' in touch not only with its European Union partner but also with important elements of its own history. 

The project, run by the Goethe-Institut in Riga and several other partners, wants to bring young Latvians closer to the German language, which will receive special attention in schools, businesses and public institutions. 

About 100 different activities will take place around the country and full details are available at the Goethe-Institut Web Page.

"The number of projects submitted has far exceeded our expectations. Many of the events are amazingly creative, diverse and, of course, educational," said Michael Hauke, Deputy Director and Head of the Language Department at the Goethe Institute in Riga. Activities include exhibitions, readings, theatrical performances, pilot lessons, panel discussions, quizzes, orienteering games and movie evenings.

Win one of the prizes on offer and you might even find yourself enjoying bratwurst with German Ambassador Rolf Schut in his Riga residence.

Germany is not only important in the field of culture, being one of the largest investors in Latvia and one of the most important trading partners. The extent to which German is important for businesspeople every day is growing too and is likely to become all the more so in the wake of 'Brexit', speaking of which, 'British Days' also got under way October 17. All the British events take place in Riga.

The interactive map below shows where events associated with the German Language Days are taking place across the country.

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