Zatlers, in Germany, helps open Essentia Baltica 2008

Latvian President Valdis Zatlers, on a working visit to Germany, will participate with other Baltic leaders in opening the “Essentia Baltica 2008” program March 15 in Berlin, the president’s press office has announced.

The program highlights Baltic culture in recognition of Latvia’s, Estonia’s and Lithuania’s declarations of independence 90 years ago, as well as Germany’s ties to the region. The program is scheduled to run through November and will include exhibits and performances in several German cities.

The opening ceremony is to include a performance in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall by the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra led by violinist Gidon Kremer. Also at the opening will be Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus and Estonian Parliament President Ene Ergma.

During May, a reciprocal program, “O, Vācija!,” will showcase German culture in Latvia.

Besides the cultural program, Zatlers is scheduled March 16 to meet with German parliament representatives involved in cooperation with the Baltics, former German ambassador in Latvia Hagen Graf Lambsdorff and other political leaders.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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