Seminal poets focus of Presidency’s #mindpower campaign

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The Culture Programme of the Presidency of the Council of the EU has launched a series of weekly conversational video vignettes honoring the 150th anniversary of poets Rainis and Aspazija, considered among the founding literary, political and social figures who began building the Latvian nation more than a century ago.

Dubbed #Domasspēks (#mindpower), the videos star troubadour Goran Gora and LTV news anchor Eva Ikstena-Strapcāne as the “first couple” of the national mindset, convincingly costumed to be hosting and remarking most wisely upon a series of current-day European thinkers bringing the turn-of-the-century socio-philosophical pioneering to an up-dated context.

On Wednesday the EU2015LV You Tube channel published the launch trailer as well as the inaugural episode in the series honoring the poets’ sesquicentennial, starring Swedish actor-chef Per Morberg, conversing bilingually through one of Rainis’ poems with Aspazija across the Baltic.


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