November 19, 2013
Record label Deutsche Grammophon has released a collection featuring the greatest recordings by famed Latvian mezzo soprano, Elīna Garanča.
November 17, 2013
Remittances to Latvia, payments made by emigrants back to their home country, are expected to reach a record USD 787 million this year, according to data compiled by the World Bank and released in October.
November 17, 2013
Latvia will be getting a mention in Sao Paolo, Brazil at the ThorHammerFest this 20th November when Latvian folk pagan metal band Skyforger take to the stage and belt out some heavy Latvian folk tunes. This year Skyforger will be main group performing at the festival.
November 12, 2013
As Latvia’s transition to the Euro approaches, the final circulation 1 Lats coin has been minted, and the theme is ‘parity’. The reverse indicates that the coin has a value of 1 Lat, or, by the official exchange rate, 1.42 Euro.
November 10, 2013
The new folk music CD, Sventava, features Māris Muktupāvels, kokle player and member of the post-folk ensemble Iļgi, along with many friends, performing songs from the Kurzeme region of Latvia. The album, released by MGM Projekti (MGM 001), brings together a wide variety of Latvian musicians to perform these songs.
October 14, 2013
Writer Ilze Berzins is set to release her latest book titled A True Love Story on Nov. 1. The book is an autobiographical account of Berzins’ life.
October 13, 2013
The sklandrausis, a small, almost bite-sized pie made of rye flour with a filling of potatoes and carrots, has received a “Traditional Speciality Guaranteed” designation from the European Commission, according to the commission’s representative office in Rīga.
September 08, 2013
The State Choir Latvija, conducted by Māris Sirmais, have released a CD dedicated to the works of Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. Entitled At the Foot of the Sky and recorded at the Rīga St. John’s Church in April of 2013, the CD collects eight of Ešenvalds’ choir compositions.
September 04, 2013
The Bank of Latvia has released a new silver commemorative one Lats coin in honor of composer Jāzeps Vītols, as well as a new circulation one Lats coin with the image of the kokle, a Latvian folk instrument.
August 30, 2013
Latvian President Andris Bērziņš and his counterparts from Estonia and Lithuania met Aug. 30 with U.S. President Barack Obama in the White House, but the news hardly registered in the United States.
August 18, 2013
The fifth installment of the Sviests folk music collection – entitled Sviests V (Lauska CD043) has now been released. Every other year, a CD containing new recordings by Latvian folk musicians and collectives is released by the Lauska label, giving listener an insight into the varied aspects of modern Latvian folk music.
July 30, 2013
One of the most popular Latvian films of all time has finally been released on DVD. A Midsummer time tradition, Limuzīns Jāņu nakts krāsā (A Limousine the Colour of Midsummer’s Eve), directed by Jānis Streičs and originally released in 1981, the film is considered to be among the best Soviet era Latvian films.
June 21, 2013
The Swedbank Choir, conducted by Artūrs Ancāns, have been making a name for themselves in recent years, becoming one of the leading amateur mixed choirs in Latvia. Just in time for the 2013 Song Festival, the Choir undertook the ambitious task of recording (almost) all of the songs that will be performed by the massive Song Festival Choir on July 7th.
June 05, 2013
As the tributes to departed Latvian poet Imants Ziedonis continue, of the many archival recordings that have been recently released, one of the most memorable is Atsaukšanas (Upe tuviem un tāliem, UPETTCD074), released to coincide with what would have been the poet’s 80th birthday.
May 22, 2013
In celebration of their 10 year anniversary, drum and bagpipe ensemble Auļi have released a ‘best of’ compilation entitled Dižducis (Lauska CD042).
April 08, 2013
The latest release of diplomatic documents by the controversial WikiLeaks media organization contains few if any surprises about U.S. foreign policy regarding Latvia during the Cold War, but does rekindle some interesting stories.
Journalist Aleks Tapinsh provides commentary on a wide variety of issues about his homeland. EN
Veiko Spolītis, who teaches international relations at Rīga Stradiņš University, writes about politics in Latvia. EN
Rīga-based computer programmer Kaspars Foigts has developed a loyal following. He writes about computing, music and other topics. LV
Does your washing machine speak Latvian? Arnis Gross, who doubles as technical director for Latvians Online, keeps tabs on what products — electronic and not — are being Latvianized. EN
A collective blog examining Latvian politics, society and culture. Latvian and Russian versions also are available. DE
Pēteris Cedriņš, a frequent contributor to the Latvians Online forums, writes on politics and history, especially as it concerns Latgale, where he lives. EN
Artūrs Mednis has set up a site in Latvia to capture the latest entries from a variety of Latvian blogs. LV
Journalist Juris Kaža offers "sporadic commentary" on the telecommunications and IT industry in the Baltics. EN
04 Dec 2013
3. decembrī, Mineapolē (ASV) 88 gadu vecumā savās mājās mūžībā aizgājusi mecenāte, Triju Zvaigžņu ordeņa kavaliere, ilggadēja Latvijas jaunatnes izglītības veicinātāja un akcijas „Latvijas Lepnums“ 2009. gada laureāte Dr. Aina Galēja - Dravniece.
02 Dec 2013
Perhaps one of the most memorable moments of the closing concert of the 2013 Latvian Song Festival was the song “Dvēseles dziesma”.
28 Nov 2013
Šā gada 4. decembrī no plkst. 10.00 līdz 16.00 Latvijas Zinātņu akadēmijas Portretu zālē notiks starptautiskā konference „Poļu, ukraiņu un latviešu diasporas kopienu sadarbība pagātnē un šodien“ (Cooperation between the Polish, Ukrainian and Latvian diaspora communities in the past and nowadays).
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