Culture foundation funding may be tied to excise tax revenue
A political agreement has been reached over funding Latvia's State Culture Capital Foundation from excise tax revenue gained from cigarette and alcohol sales, as well as from the gambling tax, reported Latvian Radio's Māra Rozenberga on December 11.
Nordics going to Liepāja
On 7-10 December the West Latvian town of Liepāja will be hosting the Nordic Days festival with seminars, discussions, public talks, exhibitions, films and music. 
Culture Ministry rewards leading arts figures

In a ceremony at the Latvian Academy of Culture's theater house Zirgu Pasts on the evening of December 4, the Culture Ministry's annual Excellence Awards in Culture were presented to design studio H2E, stage director Alvis Hermanis, and violinist Gidon Kremer with his chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica

The first step towards Latvia's independence 100 years ago

From November 29 to December 2 the first meeting of the Latvian Provisional National Council took place in Valka, an important step to making an independent Latvia a reality. Delegates made declarations and resolutions and first named Latvia an "autonomous state unit". 

2Annas film fest underway

The 22nd annual international film festival 2Annas will open at Kanepe Culture Center tonight, the festival's communications officer Alise Podniece told LETA November 28.

Liepāja theater shines in drama awards

Latvia's national drama and theater awards took place on the evening of November 23 with thespians from across the country gathering to receive their honors. The ceremony took place on the birthday of the legendary theater director Eduards Smiļģis.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to play Positivus

You'd better run, you'd better run, you'd better run to the City of Refuge otherwise known as the small Latvian resort of Salacgriva next July, as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have been confirmed as headliners at the 2018 Positivus festival.

Watch: Independence day fireworks

"Fizz! Whizz! Bang! Bigger bang! Even bigger bang!" 

No, words will not do justice to the spectacle of the firework show above the River Daugava in the center of Riga November 18, so here's the whole thing to watch for yourself.

Three for the Weekend: Centenary pre-party

Latvia turns 99 tomorrow! It has certainly been a ride - and it's about to get much wilder next year. But if you're here this weekend, you must absolutely have a taste of what the next one will have in store. 

Interview: Daina Tabūna, writer

Daina Tabūna's stories have recently been published in the UK by The Emma Press, bearing the title, The Secret Box. The illustrated collection features three stories from her debut, Pirmā reize (The First Time).

Three facts about the Bolsheviks' rush towards power

After the October Revolution, the Bolsheviks on November 9-21, 1917 took over unoccupied Latvia (Vidzeme and Latgale). The bid for power was lead by the Military Revolutionary Committee and carried out by Latvian Riflemen - originally a military formation of the Russian Empire assembled to defend the Baltics. On November 9 they took Cēsis and on November 21 they took Valka, both in what's now northeastern Latvia. 

Watch: Namejs Ring trailer online

With powerful rings, national destinies and pitched sword battles, a forthcoming Latvian film looks to be equal parts Wagner, Tolkien and Game Of Thrones - and a trailer is now online.

Three things to know about the October Revolution in Petrograd

November 7, 1917 is one of the most important dates in 20th century world history. On this day the Bolshevik Revolution (October Revolution) took place in Petrograd, and as a result a Soviet government was set up with Lenin at its helm. For the next 70 years, communist ideas would spread across the globe. 

Three for the Weekend: Musical weekend

A music festival, Rammstein-and-Beethoven crossovers and a very special musical CD with Latvian classics in new sounds - that's what's in store for this weekend. 

Holocaust memorial near Salaspils turns 50

For the past fifty years, a metronome has been ticking away non-stop at the Memorial Ensemble near Salaspils, with the sound of heartbeats thundering throughout the secluded, eerie field that was the site of a Nazi camp from 1941 to 1945. It is turning 50 years of age on October 31, and it's finally being restored for the first time, supplemented by a new exhibition, reports Latvian Radio's Māra Rozenberga. 

Three for the Weekend: Colors of the fall

The fall is here, and it's a wonderful time of the year, perhaps indeed the time to visit Latvia. We've themed this load of 'three for the weekend' accordingly. 

See: Restored Freedom Monument revealed

The Freedom Monument was unveiled on October 19 following three-month long restoration works. It was extensively cleaned, including its three gilded stars, and as ever high-ranking officials were present to see Latvia's most recognizable monument brought back to close to mint condition.