Celebrating 25 years, Radio Klasika release 25 digital album collection

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Latvijas Radio 3 “Klasika”, the Latvian radio station dedicated to classical and academic music, the Latvian national music label Skani, overseen by the Latvian Music Information Centre, is releasing a 25 digital album series containing some of the best performances from the Latvian Radio archives.

Each album contains the works of one Latvian composer, and the composers selected include a broad range of eras and styles. The series features early Latvian composers such as Pēteris Barisons, Jāzeps Mediņš, and Alfrēds Kalniņš, 20th century composers such as Jānis Ivanovs, Marģeris Zariņš, and Artūrs Grīnups, as well as modern composers such as Ēriks Ešenvalds, Pēteris Vasks, and Andris Dzenītis. There will also be releases that spotlight the work of exiled/diaspora composers like Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, Imants Mežaraups, and Gundaris Pone. Recordings were made between 1963 and 2018.

The albums are available via multiple streaming services.

For further information, please visit the Skani website and the Latvijas Radio 3 “Klasika” website

Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area . Kaljo began listening to Latvian music as soon as he was able to put a record on a record player, and still has old Bellacord 78 rpm records lying around somewhere.

Latvian Chargé d’Affaires a.i. begins work in Australia

On 12 April 2021, the Latvian Chargé d’Affaires ad interim to the Commonwealth of Australia, Ieva Apine, begins her work in Canberra.  She will be making arrangements for the opening of the new Embassy of Latvia. Building close contacts with the Latvian diaspora organisations represented in Australia is of special importance. 

Opening of the new embassy shall ensure that Latvia’s interests are more effectively supported in this strategic Indo-Pacific region. The mission will in fact be regional in its reach, with initial accreditation covering Australia and New Zealand. The Embassy will offer assistance of various kinds to the diaspora, facilitate a more active development of bilateral relations, including through fostering economic cooperation, as well as opening new opportunities for contacts with countries in Oceania in the context of Latvia’s candidacy for the UN Security Council.

The Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., will also be involved in providing consular assistance to Latvian nationals who have travelled to Australia on short visits and find themselves in situations where they require urgent assistance, for example, when their passport has been lost, they have been detained, or have fallen victim to a crime. Such consular assistance will be provided in close cooperation with the Consular Department of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latvia’s honorary consuls, and missions of other European Union Member States in Australia.

The provision of consular services (passports, eIDs, certifications, etc.) at the embassy will begin as soon as technical arrangements are in place. Until further notification, consular services can be received as before, with the help of Latvian honorary consuls in Australia, at any Latvian embassy across the globe, or remotely, as an e-service. 

A resident Ambassador of Latvia to Australia is to be accredited in the second half of 2021.

Australia became home for a considerable number of Latvians in the wake of World War II, which today is reflected in a large and dynamic diaspora, over 20,000 strong. The main diaspora organisation is the Latvian Federation in Australia and New Zealand, which brings together more than 40 Latvian organisations, communities, congregations and centres and their active social life that contributes so much to fostering and preserving Latvian identity and connectedness with Latvian roots and culture.

Five Honorary Consuls currently represent Latvia in Australia – in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.

The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs still advises against travelling abroad unless absolutely necessary. See the link to current travel advice concerning the Commonwealth of Australia.

In order to contact the Embassy of Latvia in Australia, write an e-mail to Embassy.Australia@mfa.gov.lv

Photo: the Chief of Protocol for the Australian Government, Ian McConville, presents a document confirming the establishment of the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Commonwealth of Australia and on the Charge d’Affaires a.i. of the Republic of Latvia, Ieva Apine, taking up her duties

Summer School of Latvian Language & Culture to be held online

The University of Latvia, in conjunction with the Latvian Ministry of Education and the Latvian Language Agency has commenced enrolment for the 2021 Summer School of Latvian Language and Culture for youth living outside Latvia.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has placed restrictions on travel and as it is difficult to predict the situation this summer, the decision was made to run the Summer School remotely using MS Teams.

Participants must be between 17 and 35 years old. The Summer School will be held from 14th to 27th July. Summer School student tuition will be free of charge. Groups will have up to 10 participants.

We are planning to have three groups: for those without prior knowledge of Latvian, those with minimal knowledge and for those with good Latvian language skills.

To enrol complete the enrolment form and write a motivation letter. Enrolment is open until 1 June 2021.

For information in English about the 2021 Summer School (dates, programme, enrolment form) click here.