Latvian embassies to remind the world about the Baltic Way

Latvia's diplomatic service is flagging up a series of events around the world in coming weeks "to continue highlighting and spotlighting the role of the Baltic Way in the history of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, as a step toward their reincorporation in the heart of Europe, the anniversary of the freedom campaign will also be marked in many places around the globe." 

"From the United States of America and Canada to India, Japan and Uzbekistan, Latvian embassies and consulates abroad together with their colleagues from the Baltic State diplomatic missions, diaspora organisations and Baltic friends will engage in a far-reaching public diplomacy program, The Baltic Way 30. Human chains will be formed by the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C., the Lithuanian Square in Copenhagen (Denmark), Tbilisi (Georgia), Castlebar (Ireland), the square by the Sophia Kievska National Reserve in Kyiv (Ukraine), and a race dedicated to the Baltic Way will start at Eidsvoll Square in Oslo (Norway). A flower mandala has already been created in India, in the colors of the Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian national flags," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

A special documentary by Askolds Saulītis, The Baltic Freedom Way, will be screened on the Czech Television and in the U.S., Germany, Japan, Moldova, San Marino, Turkey, and United Kingdom. Films from the Baltic States will also be shown in Athens, Berlin, Helsinki, Ottawa, and Vienna.

The historical significance of the Baltic Way and its ramifications in international politics will be reviewed in international conferences and discussions in Canada, France, Germany, Lithuania, and the UK.

Exhibitions will be shown in Ankara, Berlin, Chisinau, Ottawa, and Prague. A touring photography exhibition created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Baltic Way That Moved the World, will be presented in Moscow, London, and Berlin, but an exhibition by the National Archive of Latvia titled The Baltic Way – a Protest in the Name of Freedom will be unveiled in Tallinn and Warsaw. A special display dedicated to Latvia will open at the reading room of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Uzbekistan, presenting books donated to the University by the Latvian Embassy in Tashkent.

You can explore the full Foreign Service public diplomacy program here: https://lv100.lv/programma/kalendars/akcijai-baltijas-cels-30-notikumi-pasaule/ (in latvian).

23 August 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the historic Baltic Way demonstration. On 23 August 1989, nearly two million people in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania joined their hands in a non-violent protest movement, forming a human chain – the Baltic Way – from Tallinn via Riga all the way to Vilnius.

 

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