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Balts' Award nominations sought
On 15 April, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Lithuania have issued a call for nominations for the annual 'Balts’ Award' for 2021.
2027 Capital of culture candidates: Cēsis
Riga’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. In the lead up to the big decision in June, Riga-based journalist and tour guide Philip Birzulis examines the cultural credentials of each of the hopefuls.
2027 Capital of culture candidates: Kuldīga
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. In the lead up to the big decision in June, Riga-based journalist and tour guide Philip Birzulis examines the cultural credentials of each of the hopefuls.
2027 Capital of Culture candidates: Jūrmala
Riga’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. In the lead up to the big decision in June, Riga-based journalist and tour guide Philip Birzulis examines the cultural credentials of each of the hopefuls.
Latvian culture 101: What's so special about the Melancholy Waltz?
On a summer's eve in 1904, composer Emīls Dārziņš and writer Jānis Poruks were seated at a green gazebo in the vicinity of Cēsis, northeastern Latvia. The two talked but little, as usual. When Poruks left, the composer saw a twilight vision, a strange white image like a dreamy Virgin Mary. This vision inspired him to write the Melancholy Waltz (Melanholiskais valsis), one of the best-known musical works by a Latvian composer. 
Latvian culture 101: The Gatves dance
The Gatves deja (loosely, the 'Alley dance') is the Latvian counterpart to Polish mazurka, Argentinian tango and Lithuanian transveras. Choreographer Helēna Tangijeva-Birzniece invented the Gatves deja in 1947 for composer Anatols Liepiņš' ballet Laima. It was first adopted by folk ensembles in the 1960s, with Latvian troupes first dancing it at the Song and Dance Festival in 1980.
Private aviation museum faces relocation to make way for Rail Baltica
The aviation museum adjacent to the runway at Rīga International Airport is one of the first things many visitors to Latvia see. The red-starred tails and rotors of Soviet-era jets and helicopters may not project quite the modern, Nordic image preferred by policymakers, but they certainly let arrivals know they are landing somewhere with an interesting history.
Three for the weekend: Photo Hunt, Jazz, Meteņi
Unbelievably, 2021 is already two months in. Though everyone's already well aware that no crowded or indoor events can take place, it doesn't mean  there's nothing to do. Take a look at the weekend tips!

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