Luxembourg basks all week in Latvian culture

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Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU will soon be handed over to Trio partner Luxembourg, and so they are hosting a Latvian Week there, jointly marking their cooperation with a wide-ranging culture program.

The festival week was launched on Sunday, May 3 with a day of contemporary dance at the BananneFabrik contemporary art centre.

It will close Saturday as the two countries celebrate Europe Day, May 9, together.

Textile artist Iveta Vecenāne and photographer Andris Zēgners have exhibits dedicated to the transformative magic of amber at the Centre culturel de rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster (Neumünster Abbey Cultural Center) along with a show devoted to Latvian national costumes and the Song and Dance Festival tradition.

Musical guests the project Zarbugans, led by kokle dynamo Laima Jansone played a show there on Sunday, while the Trio Colorato took the stage at the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg Monday with its line-up reflecting the current Presidency Trio countries (including Italy).

To highlight Latvia’s theatre tradition, the week features a showing of the August Strindberg play Miss Julie Wednesday night by the Valmiera Drama Theatre, also at the Neumunster Abbey venue.

On Friday the cello-piano duo of Valters Pūce and Artūrs Cingujevs Art&Valt will play there as well.

The week will culminate Saturday on the Place de Clairefontaine in Luxembourg City where Latvia gets to play guest of honor and host a fair of food and information for the locals.

The Latvian community living and working in Luxembourg will also play a big role in the festivities, with its own folk band and choir performing for the public on Europe Day.

Finally, next Monday the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra will play at the Philharmonie Luxembourg.

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