Latvia's Independence Day marked abroad

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The 97th anniversary since the proclamation of Latvia's independence will be marked in a number of other countries. We'll take a brief look at how and where the Latvian Independence Day will be commemorated across the globe.

If by any chance you can read Latvian and you are reading this, drop everything and head to the Foreign Ministry's embassy section or this helpful website - both have info about celebrations of Latvia's independence abroad. 


Prague - At Hradešínská street 3 the Latvian Embassy will hold a celebration from 6 PM to 9 PM November 18.

Copenhagen - At 6 PM there'll be a memorial event and laying flowers by the memorial to Latvian refugees. The address is Kirkegårds Allé 15, 2450 København.

Stockholm - at 5:30 PM a memorial service will be held by the Adolf Fredriks kyrka, Holländargatan 14 (Hötorget is the nearest metro station). Participants include the Stockholm Latvian Choir. The service will be held by Dr. Normunds Kamergrauzis.

Reykjavík - at 6:30 PM the Icelandic Latvians' Center will hold a celebration at the Women's Association premises at Tungata 14. The event seems a bit closed, so you should probably get in touch with members of this Facebook group if you want to join in.

London - the Langham hotel, which was where the first Latvian Foreign Minister resided in 1918 when fighting for the recognition of the Latvian state, will host a a celebration dinner for the diplomatic corps. 

We have not mentioned events in Austria, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Russia, and Switzerland as the application dates or the events themselves are already past - hope you enjoyed them!

The Americas

Toronto - The Latvian centre at Toronto will celebrate Independence day throughout the whole of November 18. The Latvian flag will be raised at 7:30 AM, followed by the opening of a crafts exhibition at 9:00 and readings from prominent Latvians.

At 12:55 PM the Latvian Presidential address will be broadcast, followed by a documentary screening about the occupation of Latgale after 1944 and talks with director Normunds Pūce. At 7 PM there'll be a concert featuring the traditional Latvian musical instrument kokle, followed by festivities. Program (Latvian only).

St. Petersburg (Florida) - at 6 PM the The Latvian Society of St. Petersburg at 1705 9th Avenue will celebrate with a music performance and a festive dinner.

Boston - the Latvian Lutheran Church of Boston will host a film evening with screenings of the Atmodas Antološija documentary by Askolds Saulītis at 7 PM.

Nova Odessa, Brazil - Brazil boasts a large Latvian community, which will celebrate by the Nova Odessa City Hall in the São Paulo state at 8 PM. The Latvian flag will be raised, and the hymns of Brazil and Latvia will be sung.

Ijuí, Brazil - The Latvian Culture Center at Ijuí will host a memorial dinner at 8 PM. More info about the Latvian community in Brazil (Portuguese).

The world

Abu Dhabi - a concert by singer Ieva Akurātere will be held at the Hilton hotel. 

Adelaide - at 8:30 AM the Latvian flag will be raised at the Burnside City Hall, and at 11:45 AM at Amber Aged Care. Latvians are welcome to visit St. Peter's church at 5:30 PM, while a festive dinner is scheduled at the British Hotel at 7 PM.

Beijing - on November 14 the Latvian Embassy in China unveiled an exhibit titled The wonderful views of Latvia

Deli - an exhibition by the photographer Andris Zēgners will continue, with the photographer holding a lecture about his exhibition at the Latvian Embassy in India at B8 Anand Niketan, 110021, Deli.

Japan - a festive event will be held at 6:30 PM at the Latvian Embassy at 37-11 Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0047.

Sydney - The Sydney Latvian Society will host an address by diplomat Pēteris Elferts at the Sydney Latvian House, accompanied by Sydney's Latvian Men's choir. More info.

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