10 Dec 2013
One of the CD releases that many Latvian folklore fans most look forward to is the bi-yearly Latvian folk music collection Sviests. Full of new recordings of songs that are, in both direct and indirect ways, inspired by Latvian folk music and folklore, the series is one of the most eclectic collections of Latvian folk music available.
09 Dec 2013
The accordion is, without a doubt, a very popular instrument in Latvia. An essential aspect of most every countryside šlāger ensemble, the quaint sound made by air pushed through the instrument brings forth thoughts of evenings in French cafes or German beer gardens. Unfortunately, some might not consider the ‘accordion’ a serious instrument – relegated to being played by buskers on street corners.
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.
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Miris dzejnieks Imants Ziedonis. Latviešu dzejnieks miris 79 gadu vecumā.
Latvia: Dziesma 2013 second semi-final results. ESCDaily.com reports that the stage is set for the national final to choose who will represent Latvia in this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
Latvia bound for Games. "The hockey party in Sochi will be just a little louder next year, as Latvia have punched their ticket to the 2014 Winter Olympics with a 3-2 overtime loss to France that gave the team the points it needed to qualify," reports the official website of the International Ice Hockey Federation.
Caring for animals his life passion. Dr Artis Medenis has been awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to veterinary science and the community.
Latvia: Russia’s playground for business, politics – and crime. The Guardian from London reports that "Two decades after Latvia declared independence from the Soviet Union, joining the EU and Nato in 2004, Russian influence is growing again."
Explore Iz kolōnijām, our growing guide to Latvian communities abroad. The project received support from the Latvian government's former Secretariat of the Special Assignments Minister for Social Integration.