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
Prose readings, music, and more in the events guide for this weekend.
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".
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.
On November 23 leading Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons was awarded a prestigious gold medal by the Royal Philharmonic Society, reported LTV.
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.
Popular Latvian violinist Inta Broka has released a new track, and there is an accompanying video online.
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.
"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.
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.
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).
The Latvian National History museum has set up a website to create a joint photo album marking Latvia's centenary, reports Latvian Radio November 14.
As widely expected, the deportation drama The Chonicles of Melanie carried off most of the top prizes at Latvia's most prestigious film awards ceremony November 13.
A new film has been posted oinline by Latvia's official centenary-celebrating organization.
Music and literature are the two great pillars making up this week's three for the weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Latvian Chapter of Orders on October 20, 2017 bestowed Latvia's highest civil award, the Order of Three Stars, on several cultural luminaries.
October 27 marked 170 years since the birth of notable Riga mayor George Armitstead (1847 – 1912), reports Latvian Radio 3.
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.
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.
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.