The Launch Event of the Latvian School Bag Programme Receives International Recognition


The launch event of the Latvian School Bag project, a part of the Latvian Centenary programme, entitled “100 Latvian Stories in 100 Minutes”, is one of the three finalists of the Eventex Award. This event is eligible for the grand prize in five categories: Best Arts Event, Best Concert, Best Cultural Event, Best Live Event and Best European Event.

This year, 331 events from 42 countries will vie for the Eventex Award which will be announced on the 26th of March. The launch event of the Latvian School Bag project took place at Arena Riga on the 6th of September 2018 with the participation of 6000 school children from 119 regions throughout Latvia. The event was developed by the Ministry of Culture together with the Education, Culture and Sports Department of the City of Riga and produced by Luka.

Aspects of Latvian history, culture, traditions and values seen from a present-day view, together with the necesssity for each person to continually develop and grow in order to form the future of Latvia, were the guiding themes of the concert. The concert featured Raimonds Pauls, the violinist Daniils Bulajevs, The Ludvig, kokle player Laima Jansone, Dagamba, Matīss Čudars, Edavārdi, dancer and choreographer Liene Grava, Justs Sirmais, Daumants Kalniņš, Auļi, the soprano Marlēna Keine, DJ Monsta and DJ Rudelies, the symphony orchestra DD conducted by Jānis Liepiņš, dancers, bike performers Karters and other artists who came together in non-traditional combinations encouraging young people to be creative themselves. In the lead-up to the concert, the school children enthusiastically participated in a variety of creative experiments, had a chance to see the workings of the film and animation industries and shared their insights of how they imagined Latvia in 100 years’ time.

The creative team is made up of Producer Inese Lukaševska, Stage Director Mirdza Zīvere, Artistic Directors Jānis Ķirsis (concert) and Inese Lukaševska (exhibition), Conductor Jānis Liepiņš, Choreographer Agris Daņiļevičs, Technical Producer Reinis Druvietis, Set Designer Didzis Jaunzems, Sound Engineer Normunds Slava, Lighting Designer Oskars Pauliņš, Costume Consultant Baiba Grīna, Compere Valters Frīdenbergs, Video Artists Artis Dzērve and Viktors Keino and Project Manager Kristīne Skvarnaviča.

The Latvian School Bag is a state-funded programme that ensures that every school child, including students at vocational schools, from year 1 to 12 have the opportunity to augment their theoretical curriculum with knowledge gained by attending events, museums, theatres, concert halls, enterprises, nature walks and other experiences.

The launch event generated genuine joy together with uncommon surprise. In describing her day, Lienīte Maija Vaļentova from the Upeslejas School, said: “For me, this was a unique chance to experience so many new impressions in such a short time. I’m delighted that it’s possible to learn in such a way. Today I learnt new photography skills as well as some clever new tricks”. On the other hand, teachers valued highly an opportunity to broaden the horizons for their children, thereby gaining inspiration for future career choices. Laima Pamiljane from the 1st Salaspils High School believes the most important thing is a wide diversity of choices: “The School Bag programme offers a great variety of experiences – from nature and culture to modern technologies. It broadens the scale of impressions, especially for children outside Riga and its environs. Besides, it’s only the very beginning, there’s a whole year ahead!”

Further information about the Latvian School Bag programme can be found on the Latvian Centenary website

Photographs from the Latvian School Bag Launch event on the 6th of September 2018 are here: 

List of the Eventex Award finalists:


Additional information:
Linda Pastare
Public Relations Manager for Latvia’s Centenary
Ministry of Culture
+371 6733 0339
+371 2937 4438
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