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Cultural venues launch events in test mode
Between Thursday, June 10, and Sunday, June 13, pilot projects will take place in four cultural venues aimed at trying in practice different scenarios for the safest possible visit to cultural events, Latvian Radio reported.
Downtime cost museums EUR 3.5 million
As museums resume work, the Ministry of Culture has calculated the cost of their downtime, Latvian Television broadcast Kultūršoks reported June 7.
Latvia to test cultural event safety
In order to examine the safety of cultural events that are scheduled to be open for persons who are vaccinated against or have overcome Covid-19, the Culture Ministry (KM) along with health experts and event organizers are to implement pilot projects as of June 10, KM said June 6.
Latvia's museums, shopping malls, libraries can reopen
On Tuesday, June 1, the government agreed that malls and cultural establishments, including museums, would be able to resume their work, since the Covid-19 morbidity has fallen below the threshold of 320 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Plant wonders: The prized "Dundanga" spruce trees
Spruce trees are often considered to be wild through and through, but it is a lesser-known fact that humans, too, have selected the tree. In Western Europe, spruces have been bred for at least 200 years, and some advances have been made in Latvia as well. Linda Stode, a leading specialist at the National Botanical Garden, told LSM about the local Dundanga variety and about the tallest and greatest spruces of Latvia. 
2027 Capital of culture candidates: Round-up
When times are tough it is good for the soul to think of better times ahead and ways to creatively shape our lives. This is what people in nine Latvian cities are doing by preparing their bids to become a European Capital of Culture in 2027.
Two Latvian animations up for Annecy contest
The Annecy International Animation Film Festival this year includes two Latvian films – Helen Ora's debut work “PANIC” and Vladimirs Leščovs's latest film “Comeback”, the film representatives said May 25.
2027 Capital of culture candidates: Jelgava
Rīga’s stint as European Capital of Culture back in 2014 was a tremendous opportunity for the capital to flaunt its creativity, beauty and vitality. In 2027, another Latvian city will be given this honour, and no fewer than nine regional centers have thrown their hats into the ring to submit their bids in June. In the lead up to the big decision later in the summer, Riga-based journalist and tour guide Philip Birzulis examines the cultural credentials of each of the hopefuls.
Interest in Latvia as film shooting location grows
Local and foreign cinema projects are actively taking place in Latvia. This year there is a particularly strong demand for co-financing for foreign films in Latvia, National Film Center (NKC) told Latvian Radio May 19.
PM Kariņš: e-song festival is not a festival
The remote song festival in digital format is not a festival, and children should not be deprived of a festival, so if this year it cannot be held in person, it should be transferred to the next year, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told Latvian Television May 19.
2027 Capital of culture candidates: Jēkabpils
Rīga’s stint as European Capital of Culture back in 2014 was a tremendous opportunity for the capital to flaunt its creativity, beauty and vitality. In 2027, another Latvian city will be given this honour, and no fewer than nine regional centers have thrown their hats into the ring to submit their bids in June. In the lead up to the big decision later in the summer, Riga-based journalist and tour guide Philip Birzulis examines the cultural credentials of each of the hopefuls.
2027 Capital of culture candidates: Liepāja
Rīga’s stint as European Capital of Culture back in 2014 was a tremendous opportunity for the capital to flaunt its creativity, beauty and vitality. In 2027, another Latvian city will be given this honour, and no fewer than nine regional centers have thrown their hats into the ring to submit their bids in June. In the lead up to the big decision later in the summer, Riga-based journalist and tour guide Philip Birzulis examines the cultural credentials of each of the hopefuls.
2027 Capital of culture candidates: Ogre
Rīga’s stint as European Capital of Culture back in 2014 was a tremendous opportunity for the capital to flaunt its creativity, beauty and vitality. In 2027, another Latvian city will be given this honour, and no fewer than nine regional centers have thrown their hats into the ring to submit their bids in June. In the lead up to the big decision later in the summer, Riga-based journalist and tour guide Philip Birzulis examines the cultural credentials of each of the hopefuls.
Latvian co-production triumphs in goEast festival
The Latvian co-production documentary “This Rain Will Never Stop” received the main prize at the goEast festival, a Central and Eastern Europe cinema event, representatives of National Cinema Center said April 30.
2027 Capital of culture candidates: Valmiera
Rīga’s stint as European Capital of Culture back in 2014 was a tremendous opportunity for the capital to flaunt its creativity, beauty and vitality. In 2027, another Latvian city will be given this honour, and no fewer than nine regional centers have thrown their hats into the ring to submit their bids in June. In the lead up to the big decision later in the summer, Riga-based journalist and tour guide Philip Birzulis examines the cultural credentials of each of the hopefuls.
Put on a virtual Latvian folk dress on May 4
Annual May 4 Latvian folk dress parade will take place online for the second year, and not only will the parade be virtual - the costumes will be too, folk dress center Senā klēts said April 21.
Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Festival will still take place
School Youth Song and Dance Festival has to be held, but in a different format, taking into account epidemiological requirements and focusing on municipalities, according to the coalition's opinion April 19. The final decision has not yet been taken and will be decided by the government.

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