Sensus festival promises a musical treat

Classical music connoisseurs along the west coast of Latvia are about to enjoy some high-class entertainment with the arrival of the SENSUS music festival in Liepaja and Ventspils on July 12-15.

Latvians sing and dance in Esslingen

Starting June 16 about 700 Latvians are singing and dancing in Esslingen in a three-day event commemorating the song and dance festival Latvian war refugees held in the city 70 years ago, in 1947. 

Health Ministry pulls art poster discussing disability

The Health Ministry has pulled a poster advertising an exhibition by Polish artist Artur Żmijewski's from a medicine museum it owns. The poster, featuring two naked men, one of whom one is missing a leg, would have promoted Żmijewski's Blindspots on the facade of the Riga Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine. 

Youth radio station scoops EU award

Latvia's dedicated youth-oriented radio station pieci.lv (with which LSM is affiliated) has won a European Union award for its charity fundraising activities. 

Daugavpils first stop for special train

A series of festive concerts at train stations across Latvia got underway in Daugavpils May 26 with a memorable feast of song and dance outside the central station. 

Exhibition explores the Riga that could have been

Did you know Riga had plans for building a metro? In The Riga that isn't there. Maps and Plans the Latvian Museum of Architecture explores the Rigas that could have been but did not come to pass.

Latvia a nation of museum lovers

Visitors taking advantage of free admission and additional access to hundreds of museums and other official buildings on this year's 'Museum Night' May 20 were rewarded with balmy weather and an amazing array of cultural discoveries.

Estonia-Latvia translation award presented

On 12 May in Tallinn, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Sven Mikser, presented the Languages Award by the Latvian and Estonian Foreign Ministries to translator Livia Viitol.

Great bittern now on candid webcam!

Latvia's famous bird webcams got another addition with the nest of a great bittern with its young now being streamed online. The nest is located in the northern part of the Engure lake. 

AS IT HAPPENED: Eurovision Semi-Final

It's Eurovision. Triana Park is (are?) competing on behalf of Latvia. It's happening in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine, under the slogan "Celebrate Diversity". Let's see if they do and more importantly whether Triana Park makes it to the final!

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Latvia in Eurovision action tonight!

Hold on to your sequinned beanie caps, Eurovision fans, as the annual extravaganza of harmonic overstatement gets under way on the evening of May 9 with Latvia participating in the first semi-final in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Jewish heritage highlighted in Daugavpils

Latvia's second largest city Daugavpils, though of an average size compared to the great European cities, has produced an abundant crop of Jewish artists and public characters. How come? The answer harkens back to the Russian Empire, when Latgale was part of the Pale of Settlement, reported LTV7 on May 7.

British newspaper hallucinates about Latvian penis

The use of a question as a headline is usually an indicator that the writer lacks the courage of their conviction, and that appears to be the case in a report in the UK press about the possible presence of a phantom penis on stage during Latvia's Eurovision song contest rehearsal.

Movies shot in Latvia to compete at Cannes Film Festival

Two movies shot in Latvia and co-funded by the state will compete at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Latvia's Film Angels Productions partook in the making of both Sergei Loznitsa's A Gentle Creature and György Kristóf's debut feature Out