Three for the weekend: Owls, blind stories and discount Rothkos

Three more activity ideas for this weekend in Latvia.

Owls in Līgatne

This Saturday, April 9, at the Līgatne Nature Trail Owl House, all those interested will have the opportunity to get to know the secrets of owl life in workshops, listen to stories about the owls, and make bird boxes.

Traditionally, spring is associated with the return of migratory birds and birdsong. This is also a special time for owls, because in the spring they are engaged in setting up nests and raising their young. Owls do not nest themselves, but use suitable places in nature - pits in the ground, nests of other birds and tree cavities. Humans can also help owls by making bird boxes for them and placing them in places where owls like to nest.

More information is available at www.ligatnesdabastakas.lv and by phone 20043690

Last chance Rothko

The Mark Rothko Art Center in Daugavpils is offering discount admission on 10 April when all temporary exhibitions currently on show will be available at a discount price. This means it's is the last chance for the public to see the current temporary exhibitions before they are gradually replaced by new ones.

It's the last chance to see original Rothkos in the flesh for a while – from 11 through 22 April, the “Found in the Collection” exhibition will be off-limits while it is changed.

Invisible lives 

An unprecedented event in the cultural life of Latvia is the multimedia exhibition "Invisible Lives" opened this week. At its heart is the story of the visually impaired, but most importantly, it is designed to be fully enjoyed by visually impaired and blind people alongside other spectators. 

The photos in the exhibition are complemented by audio annotations that visualize what is seen in the photos, as well as 3D objects that can be perceived via touch. The exhibition is also easily accessible, as it is housed in the new building of the Origo shopping center, which is specially equipped to be visited by people with various disabilities.

The exhibition is a visual and also an audio story about five visually impaired people. Its main goal is to present their lives, daily lives, feelings and sense of the world to the general public.

The exhibition has been created by an international team of 15 photographers. Last summer, they worked in Cēsis and created the stories, meeting with people from the blind community of Cēsis.

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