Latvia in Review

Getting ready for holidays

Issue 15

This year the Latvian Institute is offering slightly unusual Christmas cards, each of them promoting something that will happen next year.
The first relates to the fact that in 2017, the Rīga-Gauja region will be the European Region of Gastronomy. A special concept, “Wild at Palate,” will be the guide to diverse dining pleasures in restaurants in Rīga, Sigulda, Cēsis and Valmiera. So let’s go Wild at Palate!
Another card relates to the fact that in 2017, Rīga will welcome choirs from all over the world for the Grand Prix of Nations and the 3rd European Choir Games. Singing together does bring nations together!
Last, but not least, the Latvian Institute seeks to promote Latvia’s amazing regional concert halls – the new Great Amber Hall in Liepāja, the GORS Concert Hall in Rēzekne, the Cēsis Concert Hall, and the recently renovated Dzintari Concert Hall in Jūrmala. Stars will be performing at all of these venues!

To see all the cards, click here.


Residents of Tērvete Social Care Centre to Receive Special Guests

Latvian First Lady Iveta Vējone, who is the patroness of Latvian schools abroad, and Latvian Institute director Aiva Rozenberga was visiting the Tērvete Social Care Centre to deliver Christmas cards made specially for the residents of the centre by pupils at the “Pūcīte” school that is part of the Leeds Latvian Centre. A video greeting was also made specially for this event. More photos here.

Riga Venture Summit

On February 9, 2017 Riga Venture Summit 2017 will bring leading Baltic startup minds and a host of international experts to zoom in on most effective policies to drive pipeline of competitive early stage startups and attracting global flows of smart money to the Baltics.
Two main topics:
  • Smart cities - competing for global smart capital and global attention 
  • Melting pot between East and West – attracting startup talent to the Baltics
Riga Venture Summit is an international startup ecosystem policy roundtable with a focus on the Baltic startup ecosystem development. The first Summit took place on November 6 2015, bringing face-to-face key policy makers, business leaders, startup founders and investors from the Baltics with prominent international experts. RVS 2015 resulted in closer cooperation among leading Baltic startup ecosystem players and led to birth of the Latvian Startup Association “Startin.LV”.

Regional Concert Halls

During the past few years, Latvia has become richer because of world-class acoustic regional concert halls in Cēsis, Rēzekne, Liepāja and Jūrmala. More information here.


Sochi Loses Right to Host 2017 World Championships

On December 10, the Latvian Skeleton Federation announced that its team will boycott the world championships in Sochi in February 2017, doing so in response to the growing scandal that surrounds doping in Russia. It means that the number one skeleton rider at this time, Martins Dukurs, will skip the biggest competition of the season. Dukurs has been the overall World Cup champion seven times and has won silver medals at the last two Olympics. Latvia has won seven Winter Olympic medals over the course of history, all of them in the sliding sports. At the games in Sochi in 2014, Dukurs was a favourite to win the gold medal, but he was beaten by Aleksandr Tretyakov from Russia, whose name also appeared on a doping list that was leaked from Russia.

On December 13, the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) decided not to hold the championships in Russia, a country accused of state-sponsored doping. A new host city will be named for the February event in the forthcoming days. For more information click here

Here is a statement from the Latvian Skeleton Federation: “Enough time has passed since first public WADA and IOC announcements regarding dirty athletes in our sport.
As members of skeleton sport community we feel that more can still be done to make it right.
Now, according to latest reports, we say- enough is enough.”


Latvian Conductors Nominated for Grammy Awards

Latvian conductors Andris Nelsons and Mariss Jansons have received nominations for the prestigious 59th Grammy Music Awards in the category of “Best Orchestral Performance”. Jansons has been nominated for his recording of Sergei Prokofiev’s 5th Symphony with the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra, while Nelsons got the nod for his Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow, which includes the composer’s 5th, 8th and 9th symphonies and was recorded with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The latter record, which was released by Deutsche Grammophon, has also been nominated as the Best Engineered Album, Classical.

Nelsons and the Boston orchestra won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance last year for the first recording of the aforementioned series, featuring Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony. Jansons received a Grammy for his recording of Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony back in 2006, again in the category “Best Orchestral Performance”. 

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