Latvian-Estonian cultural club Livonia seeks participants

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On August 15 in Ainaži, as part of the 16th International North Livonian Festival, a new Latvian-Estonian idea club "Livonia" will be formed, Latvian Radio reported August 15.

The first meeting of the club will take place August 16 in Häädemeeste, Estonia. Sten Veidebaum, one of the authors of the idea, told Latvian Radio that Latvians and Estonians have a common past but nowadays the language barrier is separating the two nations.

"We are not criticizing the efforts that have been made to strengthen cooperation between Latvia and Estonia [..] We want to compile the information about success and failure stories, we want to understand how many people are walking around thinking - how could we improve the connection between Estonia and Latvia?" said Veidebaum.

"We will create a contact list of people interested in this matter and create a "workshop of ideas" on  how to establish firm connections between Latvians and Estonians, connections which are not dependent on individual acquaintances or separate events."

The club invites people who are interested in the regional development and who would like to cooperate in cultural and educational fields or maximize the use of regional resources to help the development of both countries.

The club is to be founded in Ainaži Culture House (Valdemāra Street 50, Ainaži) August 15, after the viewing of film Ahto. Chasing a Dream.

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