Harpsichordist Ieva Salieta: Our vision is stronger than the matter under our fingers
As part of a program on Latvian Radio, the music journalist Orests Silabriedis met with the harpsichordist, pianist, and the recipient of the “Grand Latvian music Award 2017” Ieva Saliete. Their meetings took place first in her hometown Pocelujevka, Latvia, and then in the German National Museum, Nuremberg, which houses a collection of some of the world's most precious keyboard instruments.
Outdoor pianos return to Jūrmala
June 13 saw the opening of outdoor pianos in the neighbourhood of Dzintari, Jūrmala. The three musical instruments, decorated by artists and made for public use, are placed in three different places, which is one place more than last year, reported LSM's Latvian language service.
Ex-president hopes to make Latvian Freedom Monument shine
On June 8, LSM's Latvian language service reported that a tripartite co-operation agreement was signed between the Freedom Monument Lighting Fund, the Riga Monument Agency, and the National Cultural Heritage Administration on the development of the project to illuminate the symbol of national freedom and make its three stars shine even in the dark.
Baloži peat bog museum to open inside a train
In 2013, in an effort to save a narrow-gauge railway running through a peat bog in Baloži from being scrapped, an association was created. This association later established a very special museum located in a train moving through the bog. The museum is run freely by volunteers.
Exhibition showcases obscure technological inventions from the 80's
On June 6, the VEF Museum opened an unusual exhibition on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the former Latvian industrial flagship – the State Electrical Engineering Factory (VEF). The exhibition focuses on the lesser known pages in the annals of VEF – technologies that were produced as prototypes for further innovation in the 70's and 80's.
From Dublin to Vīļaka: the annual Night of Churches
For the first time since its inauguration six years ago, the Night of Churches will have a participant outside of Latvia. Together with more than 150 Latvian churches, the Irish-Latvian society of St. Peter's Church, Dublin will take part in the annual Night of Churches. The event will take place this Friday to Saturday (June 7–8). This year's unifying theme is friendship.
New concert hall to open in Ventspils
July 25 will see a new acoustic concert hall named "Latvia" officially open in Ventspils, Kurzeme Philharmonic Association public relations officer Antra Lacberga told the LETA newswire May 27.
Survival Kit festival to bring diverse art offering to Rīga's left bank
This year, the annual contemporary art festival Survival Kit is changing its location, for the first time drawing art lovers to Rīga's left bank, called Pārdaugava. The abandoned Physics and Mathematics Faculty of the University of Latvia on Zeļļu street 25 will serve as the festival and exhibition venue from when it starts on May 23 at 7 p.m.