The Latvian Institute invites journalists from the Baltic countries and Finland to take part in the Latvia’s Centenary celebration opening on May 4 by taking a trip to Latgale, the eastern region of Latvia. Latgale played a significant part in the formation of the Republic of Latvia – the first Latgalian Congress in 1917 passed a decision that Latgalians are to join the people of Vidzeme and Kurzeme (Central and Western regions of Latvia) in order to strive for an independent state of Latvia.
The events marking the centenary of the first Latgalian Congress will be among the main events of the opening of the Latvian centenary programme in 2017.
Latgale – Europe’s Borderland offers an insight into the project "Embrace Latvia" which will open the Latvia’s Centenary celebration and the way Latgalians celebrate the 4th of May, Latvia’s Independence Restoration Day. We will take you through the history of Latvia’s birth, occupation and restored independence, the highlights of Latvia’s Centenary celebrations, will show you the landmarks of Latvia’s culture, acquaint you with the brave and creative innovators living and working in the regions of Latvia and let you feel the true spirit of Latgale. NB! The first media trip to Latgale will take place from May 3 to May 5.
2. Kurzeme - Duchy of Fishermen, Hipsters and Intellectuals
Kurzeme is situated in the western part of Latvia, at the shores of the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Riga. You will have a chance to visit largest cities of the region and participate in cultural activities. The programme will also include visits to regional companies that export most of their produce and chance to visit scientific centres. NB! Time and date TBA.
3. Riga-Gauja European Region of Gastronomy 2017
Latvia’s gastronomy has been influenced by Germans, Swedes, Poles and Russians. The programme includes a visit to Cēsis Concert Hall for an uplifting musical experience, gives a chance to check out the Wall of Books at the Latvian National Library in Riga and look for Riga’s best-hidden museum, the Žanis Lipke Memorial on Ķīpsala Island, telling a story of a local family who had provided a hiding place for Jewish people during WWII. And follow the footsteps of Reformation-500 across the region. NB! Time and date TBA.
Expenses covered: Travel to and from Latvia, domestic transfers, hotels and meals. We DO NOT cover travel insurance.
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See you in Latvia!