Where was the first public Christmas tree put on display? In Latvia, everyone tells you that it was in Rīga. But in neighbouring Estonia it is seen totally differently. And Lithuania has its very own answer to the question.
Keep a space in your diary in the autumn of 2021, as the Rīga International Film Festival will once again invite audiences to enjoy an extensive program dedicated to both cinema lovers and industry professionals from 14 to 24 October, organizers have announced.
Josifs Ročko, a teacher, local historian, and the founder of the museum “Jews in Daugavpils and Latgale”, is a cavalier of the Order of the Three Stars, Latvia's highest civil decoration. Two years after receiving the order, at the age of 72, he is still publishing new history books and continues selflessly contributing to society in eastern Latvia.
The culture sector will be able to survive this autumn, but the lack of certainty about the coming year is worrying, Minister of Culture Nauris Puntulis (National Alliance) told Latvian Television October 19.
The 2020 Rīga International Film Festival gets under way October 15 with a special screening of the earliest surviving film made in Latvia, and to mark the occasion you can also watch it live online with LSM.
The Žanis Lipke Memorial – a museum in Rīga dedicated to the memory of Žanis Lipke, a well-known savior of Jews during World War II – is organizing a week-long symposium to mark Lipke's 120th birthday, organizers said October 14.
At this year's Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) festival, a project titled 'Pioneering Women in Film' is being staged, in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden in Latvia, the Swedish Institute and the Swedish Film Institute, whichwill pay special attention to the works and significance of female directors in the history of film.
This year, the Baltic Assembly (BA) Prize in Arts was awarded to meditative documentary essay “Bridges of Time” (Laika tilti, 2018) by Kristīne Briede and Audrius Stonys, which was co-produced by Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian studios and portrays the less-remembered generations of cinema poets of the Baltic New Wave, according to an official release October 2.