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28.09.2016.

NORDIC-BALTIC CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION “(IN)VISIBLE DREAMS AND STREAMS”

23.08.2016.

HIGH-LEVEL ROUNDTABLE ON THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF BALTIC-NORDIC COOPERATION

16.08.2016.

NORDIC-BALTIC COOPERATION CELEBRATE 25 YEARS ANNIVERSARY IN 2016. ERIKS ESENVALDS

Nordic-Baltic cooperation celebrate 25 years anniversary in 2016. Our countries are bound by shared goals, challenges and common values. But also people and special moments. Ēriks Ešenvalds is one of the most popular contemporary Latvian composers. Ešenvalds compose in many different music genres but especially his intensely practical choral music is steadily gaining appreciation across the world. Ešenvalds’ last major project is a multimedia symphony based on the Aurora borealis, where he, along with filmmakers, went on expeditions to Iceland, Norway, Greenland and Alaska to gather folklore materials on the Northern Lights. The multimedia symphony Northern Lights was praised as the Best Performance of the Year and received The Grand Music Award 2016 in Latvia.

16.08.2016.

NORDIC-BALTIC COOPERATION CELEBRATE 25 YEARS ANNIVERSARY IN 2016. ANDERS PAALZOW

Nordic-Baltic cooperation celebrate 25 years anniversary in 2016. Our countries are bound by shared goals, challenges and common values. But also people and special moments. Anders Paalzow is Swedish. Lives in Latvia for the past 17 years. Professor in Economics Anders Paalzow is Rector of Stockholm School of Economics in Riga since 1999. He is also Chairman of the Board for the Baltic International Centre of Economic Policy Studies (BICEPS) and Connect Latvia. His main research areas are: macroeconomics, economic growth, competitiveness, entrepreneurship and education.

16.08.2016.

NORDIC-BALTIC COOPERATION CELEBRATE 25 YEARS ANNIVERSARY IN 2016. KASPARS GOBA

Nordic-Baltic cooperation celebrate 25 years anniversary in 2016. Our countries are bound by shared goals, challenges and common values. But also people and special moments. Kaspars Goba is Latvian documentary film director and photographer. He has worked as a director, scriptwriter and cinematographer on more than 20 documentaries focusing on social and environmental issues, including the internationally acclaimed homo@lv, which was the first documentary from Latvia screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. Kaspars has published two photo albums - Icelanders. Between Glaciers and Lava (2006) and Islands of Riga (2014), both of which received prizes of the Latvian Book Publishers’ Association as The Best Photo Albums. Since 2013 Kaspars together with his colleagues is running Rucka Artist Residency in Cesis, Latvia.

16.08.2016.

NORDIC-BALTIC COOPERATION CELEBRATE 25 YEARS ANNIVERSARY IN 2016. VAIRA VĪĶE FREIBERGA

Nordic-Baltic cooperation celebrate 25 years anniversary in 2016. Our countries are bound by shared goals, challenges and common values. But also people and special moments. Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga is President of the Club de Madrid and former President of Latvia (1999-2007). She was instrumental in achieving membership in the EU and NATO for her country and was Special Envoy on UN reform. She has published extensively and is much in demand as speaker. She is a member, board member or patron of 30 international organisations, including the World Leadership Alliance, the Board of Trustees of the Nizami Ganjavi International Centre (Co-chair), and the European Council on Foreign Relations, as well as five Academies. She chaired the High-level group on freedom and pluralism of media in the EU in 2011-12. In 2015 she was a member of two High-level groups on European security and defense. Currently she is a member of the Independent Team of High-level Advisers for the UN Economic and Social Council Dialogue on UN

28.06.2016.

NORDIC-BALTIC COOPERATION CELEBRATE 25 YEARS ANNIVERSARY IN 2016. VIKTORS MAKAROVS

Nordic-Baltic cooperation celebrate 25 years anniversary in 2016. Our countries are bound by shared goals, challenges and common values. But also people and special moments. Viktors Makarovs is Latvian. Fluent in danish. He is Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia for development cooperation and representation of Latvia in international organisations on questions concerning political rights and freedoms, issues related to the Russian language information space, and cooperation with non-governmental organisations.

17.06.2016.

An Artist-talk by Eivør and Laima Jansone in Riga

"If your roots coming from distant and incredibly beautiful and mostly unknown islands, it is easy to become sentimental and you will start to tell others about it,” says the famous Faroese singer Eivør Pálsdóttir. Eivør, born in Faroe Islands, is a songwriter, performer and vocalist endowed with a rare and powerful voice and her home country are the source of inspiration for her music. On May 11, 18:00 in the Wooden renovation center “Wooden Riga” (12 Krasotaju Street) was an opportunity to meet and hear Eivør. During the Artis-talk also latvian musician Laima Jansone performed together with Eivør. The last summer Laima visited Faroe Islands and the trip was supported by the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme "Culture".

07.06.2016.

NORDIC – BALTIC COOPERATION. A REGION IN TRANSITION

The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia and the Latvian Institute of International Affairs mark the Nordic – Baltic cooperation’s 25th anniversary and invite to a public discussion NORDIC – BALTIC COOPERATION. A REGION IN TRANSITION on 25 May 2016, 15.00-17.00, Birojnīca (84 k-2 Dzirnavu Street, Berga Bazars). Opening remarks by H.E. OLLI KANTANEN – Ambassador of Finland to Latvia. Key-note speech by Dr. JOHAN STRANG – Lecturer, University of Helsinki. Panelists: VEIKO SPOLĪTIS – Member of Baltic Affairs Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Latvian Parliament and DIDZIS KĻAVIŅŠ – Lecturer, Riga Graduate School of Law. Moderator ILVIJA BRUĢE – Researcher, Latvian Institute of International Affairs.

31.05.2016.

Nordic-Baltic cooperation celebrate 25 years anniversary in 2016. Elita Cakule

Nordic-Baltic cooperation celebrate 25 years anniversary in 2016. Our countries are bound by shared goals, challenges and common values. But also people and special moments. Elita Cakule is Latvian, born in town Rēzekne located in the southeast part of Latvia, situated in the rural Latgale region. She moved to Norway 20 years ago. Now she works for Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities with international capacity and institutional building projects in Baltic countries, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia. Elita says: My first encounter with the Nordic countries happened when I was reading “Emil of Lönneberga” by Astrid Lindgren. In the eyes of a child, there was absolutely no difference between a Kuciņi farm in Latgale and the Katthult farm in Småland. The enterprising, kind-hearted and consistently innovative Emil was the one who made the first impression of northerners, which was later much confirmed and supplemented by the first living northerner I ever met. It was Richard Bærug.