Foreign ambassadors cruising Kurzeme on Wednesday

If you are out and about in Latvia's western Kurzeme region on September 28, don't be surprised if you stumble across a surprisingly high-powered diplomatic delegation.

On Wednesday the heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Latvia will be going on their annual regional tour – this year to the region of Kurzeme.

"The aim of the tours is to advance Latvia’s bilateral relations through attracting investments and promoting economic cooperation and tourism opportunities in the regions, as well as showcasing the diverse cultural and historical heritage of Latvia," said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which ir organizing the ambassadorial awayday.

The ambassadors have been invited by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andris Pelšs, to explore cities and villages in Kurzeme – Saldus, Liepāja, Jūrkalne, Alsunga, and Ēdole. The tour brings together more than 30 participants.

In Saldus History and Art Museum, the participants will get acquainted with the early period of the creative life of the prominent Latvian painter, Janis Rozentāls, and see his original works.

In the Liepāja Concert Hall Great Amber, the visitors will be welcomed by Gunārs Ansiņš, Mayor of Liepāja City, Atis Deksnis, Deputy Chairman of Liepāja City Council, and Timurs Tomsons, the Concert Hall’s Chairman of the Board. A musical performance will be given by the Amber Strings ensemble from Liepāja Secondary School for Music, Art and Design.

For an insight into an offer for economic cooperation, the ambassadors intend to visit the Liepājas Special Economic Zone – the Liepāja Port, companies Ekers Stividors, Terrabalt, Interspiro Production, Jensen Metal, and Caljan, the Karosta Industrial Park, and the industrial territory of Liepājas Metalurgs steel works.

The participants will find out more about Liepāja as a candidate for nomination as European Capital of Culture in 2027, as well as having a tour of a museum for the 17th-19th century interiors, Madame Hoyer's Guest House, and the recently restored Emperor’s Pavilion in the Seaside Park.

On their way to the village of Alsunga, the foreign ambassadors will visit The Sail of Hope commemorative marker at Jūrkalne, dedicated to Latvian refugees who fled to Sweden, crossing the Baltic Sea in boats in 1944-1945. While in Alsunga, the participants will see a Livonian Order castle and St Michael’s Roman Catholic church, and will have the opportunity to purchase handmade items by local craftspeople at Alsunga Crafts House.

"The ambassadors are to conclude their regional trip by a visit to the Ēdole mediaeval castle," said a press release somewhat ominously – hopefully they will be allowed to return to Rīga afterwards.

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