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26. — 31. DEC 2018Austrālija
The Australian Latvian Arts Festival

The Australian Latvian Arts Festival is Australia's largest celebration of Latvian culture. The Festival spans 6 days and comprises of Latvian dance, song, theatre and much more. The Festival begins on the 26th of December, 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia.

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31. MAY 2016 — 31. DEC 2020
Wizards of Centenary

The Archives of Latvian Folklore in cooperation with Office Latvia 100 and Radio Latvia opened a long lasting crowd-sourcing event for folklore manuscript transcription, called "Simtgades burtnieki" (Wizards of Centenary).

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04. MAY 2017 — 31. DEC 2020Rīga
People's Bookshelf

The campaign "A Special Book for a Special Bookshelf" is an opportunity for everyone to donate a book – of special importance to themselves – to the National Library of Latvia, also writing a message or personal story relating to the book on its title page.

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01. JUL 2017 — 31. DEC 2019
Routes of Latvia's Statehood

To learn about Latvia, take a trip along the seven paths to the idea of Latvian statehood - the Livs Road, Jacob's path, Freedom Road, the Baltic Way, the Path of the Daugava, the Path of Light, and Māra's Path. These are tourist routes filled with fascinating places, rich farmsteads, and beautiful landscapes.

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27. JUL 2017 — 30. NOV 2020
LV100 Great Trees

As a part of the initiative "LV100 Great Trees" (LV100 Dižošanās) everyone is invited to go outside and help find the Great Trees that have yet to be discovered, and, with the help of a special test, to find out which Great Tree best suits your personality.

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17. AUG 2017 — 31. DEC 2018
Latvian Films for Latvian Centenary

The programme Latvian Films for Latvian Centenary features 16 long films including six feature films, two animated films and eight documentaries. This initiative is honouring the centenary of Latvia.

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12. JAN — 31. DEC 2018
Play "I Promise"

Young playwright Andris Ūdris' professional debut - his play "I Promise" won third place in the Latvian National Theatre's Centenary competition.

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22. FEB — 31. DEC 2018
LATVIAN FILMS FOR THE LATVIAN CENTENARY. Paradise '89 - A Feature Film

The film tells the story of four girls who spend their summer holidays in the countryside. The year is 1989 and the TV news is reporting a state of emergency in Latvia. The girls, who have been left with no adult supervision, prepare for war.

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24. FEB — 31. DEC 2018
Play "Vidzemnieki"

This performance brings to life several of Latvian author and playwright Rūdolfs Blaumanis' lesser-known works - Spījēnos (In Spījēni), Romeo un Jūlija (Romeo and Juliet), Nauda zeķēs (Saving Money), Laimes klēpī (In the Lap of Fortune), Īsta līgaviņa (The Real Bride), and others.

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24. FEB — 31. DEC 2018
Play "The Keys to Magic"

A production dedicated to Russian-American actor director, author, and theatre practitioner Mikhail Chekhov, after whom the Riga Russian theatre was named. Although archival materials were used in the creation of the show, the authors sought to create a balance between history and legend, facts and fantasy.

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27. FEB 2018 — 01. OCT 2020
Business Information Centre “Magnetic Latvia” at Riga International Airport

The Business Information Centre “Magnetic Latvia” at Riga International Airport has been designed to serve as a stopover for foreign and local guests, be it a businessmen or a diplomat, where one can receive first-hand information from the staff of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia about business opportunities and top tourist attractions

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22. MAR — 31. DEC 2018
LATVIAN FILMS FOR THE LATVIAN CENTENARY. To Be Continued - A Documentary

A film about life in Latvia through the eyes of five first graders is the beginning of a project that will continue to evaluate social and political processes in Latvia from their perspective throughout the years.

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03. APR — 31. DEC 2018
LATVIAN FILMS FOR THE LATVIAN CENTENARY. Bille - A Feature Film

A poignant, life-affirming, and funny story for the whole family about seven-year-old Bille's adventures in Latva during the 1930s. The story is based on Latvian author, the Nobel Prize candidate, Vizma Belševica's autobiographical novel of the same name.

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04. APR 2018 — 04. APR 2020Rīga
Humans of Avotu Street

Project inspired by very popular social network account “Humans of New York” tells about Humans of Avotu Street based in Riga, Latvia.

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13. APR — 31. DEC 2018
Antonija #Silmači - an original Latvian ballet

A romantic drama about dreams of realising oneself, based on Latvian author Rudolfs Blaumanis' play "Skroderdienas silmačos" (A Wedding in Silmači).

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25. APR — 31. DEC 2018
LATVIAN FILMS FOR THE LATVIAN CENTENARY. Bridges of Time - A Documentary

A story about a unique phenomenon in the history of cinema - Baltic school of poetic documentary and its creators - filmmakers from Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia who broke the dogmatic poster-like propaganda documentary tradition in Soviet Union in the 1960s by creating films that were totally different: humane, meaningful, and poetic.

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04. MAY — 31. DEC 2018
LATVIAN FILMS FOR THE LATVIAN CENTENARY. Mērija's Journey - A Documentary

At the end of the Second World War, when the German army retreated from Latvia, it also took along 700 boxes of materials from Latvian museums. If not for a young woman named Mērija Grīnberga, the exhibition halls of many museums in Latvia would be empty today.

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04. MAY 2018 — 01. JAN 2021
Latvia's Century - A Joint Exhibition Curated by the Museums of Latvia

The exhibition Latvia’s Century is a joint contribution of Latvian museums to reveal 100 years of Latvia and to provide an opportunity to see excellent historical objects stored at the museums in all regions of Latvia – Kurzeme, Sēlija, Vidzeme, Zemgale and Riga.

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04. MAY — 31. DEC 2018
Tourism campaign “Discover Latvia"

As part of a tourist promotion campaign the inhabitants of Latvia will be invited to travel around Latvia and to become acquainted with the periods of history important to Latvia through seven different journeys of statehood.

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07. MAY 2018 — 01. JAN 2020Kanāda
DZIEDAM VISI VIENU DZIESMU - a studio recording by the Tērvetes Trubadūri

DZIEDAM VISI VIENU DZIESMU is a studio recording by the Tērvetes Trubadūri and represents our gift to Latvia on her centenary. It includes a variety of Latvian songs expressing our belonging to the country of our ancestors.

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16. MAY — 31. DEC 2018
LATVIAN FILMS FOR THE LATVIAN CENTENARY. Baltic Tribes - A Documentary

A popular science documentary film – a historical reconstruction with dramatic elements tells about the 13th-century Baltic peoples who later formed the Latvian nation.

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30. JUN 2018 — 30. JUN 2019Rīga
5D cinema "Look at Riga"

5D cinema "Look at Riga" offers a fantastic flight over Rtour around the urban environment, where the city’s historical charm together with the zealous rhythm of modern metropolis is caught, meanwhile viewing its most significant historical, art and architectural objects from another point of view.

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23. AUG 2018 — 31. DEC 2021
Exhibition "Burning Conscience"

BURNING CONSCIENCE will be permanent exhibition on the resistance of the people of the former Cēsis apriņķis (District) against the Soviet and Nazi occupations 1940 – 1957. The Exbition will be open to the public from 23 August 2018.

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31. AUG — 31. DEC 2018
Planet Nr. 85 - A Play

A play for children and their parents about a boy who has been given a wondrous opportunity to travel through time. On his journey he meets his parents and grandparents at the age he is now. The boy faces his past and his ancestors in order to find the way back to himself and to the essence of who he his.

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01. SEP — 31. DEC 2018
Series of Public Lectures "Giving Light I Burn Out"

These lectures have been organised to inform the community about the development of medicine, broad opportunities, problems, and personalities not only during the early years of the formation of the Latvian state, but also by following these processes through various periods.

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01. SEP — 31. DEC 2018
Exhibition ES (ARĪ) ESMU LATVIETIS / I AM LATVIAN (TOO)

The exhibit celebrates diaspora Latvian diversity, accomplishments and multi-faceted connections to Latvia. It forms a symbolic connection between Latvians throughout the world, showing migration as part of the Latvian story and the complicated formation and evolution of ethnic and national identity.

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01. SEP — 31. DEC 2018
The Latvian Basketball Walk of Fame

Sculptor Gļebs Panteļejevs has created an interactive sculptural composition dedicated to the outstanding coach of the 1935 Dream Team Valdemārs Baumanis, and the Basketball Basket of Glory, which symbolises the greatest achievements of Latvian basketball teams, their coaches, and individual players.

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07. SEP — 31. DEC 2018
LATVIAN FILMS FOR THE LATVIAN CENTENARY. Kurts Fridrihsons - A Documentary

The significance of Kurts Fridrihsons reaches beyond the importance of his art because during the Soviet period there were not many personalities refusing to comply with the regime while at the same time being outstanding artists. He was a model and inspiration for many people whose spiritual world refused to accept the existing system.

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08. SEP 2018 — 21. JAN 2019
The Latvian Red Cross Celebrates 100 - An Exhibition

This exhibition reflects the work of the Latvian Red Cross over the course of one hundred years from 1918 to the present day.

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08. SEP — 31. DEC 2018
Liepāja: Latvia's Capital - A Play

This performance is dedicated to a vital period in the formation of the Latvian state - the historical events of 1919 on the steamship Saratov, where the Latvian Provisional National Council took refuge for six long months.

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12. SEP 2018 — 01. JUN 2019Jūrmala
Exhibition “Rainis. 1918.”

In commemoration of Latvia’s centenary year, the exhibition will look at the growth of the idea of an independent Latvia in the texts and philosophy of Rainis. It also reveals the circumstances in which Rainis develops the idea of independant Latvia.

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21. SEP — 16. DEC 2018
Trauma and Revival. Cultural Ties Between Eastern and Western Europe - A Contemporary Art Exhibition

This exhibition features a selection of works by contemporary artists from Eastern Europe of the Balkans. It is the final event of an international cooperation project. Michal Novotny, director at the FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art in Prague, is the curator of the exhibition.

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26. SEP — 31. DEC 2018
LATVIAN FILMS FOR THE LATVIAN CENTENARY. Homo Novus - A Feature Film

The year is 1938. The poor artist Juris Upenājs arrives in Riga from the countryside, while at the same time the refined Eižens Žibeika returns from his painting session in Paris in the hope of receiving a considerable inheritance from his uncle.

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29. SEP — 31. DEC 2018
Avenue of Latvia's Medical Stars

The Pauls Stradiņš Museum of History of Medicine will unveil a new installation honouring the doctors and medical professionals who have invested so much in the development of Latvian medicine and caring for Latvian society. New stars will continue to be added until the avenue of 100 stars is complete.

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04. OCT 2018 — 21. APR 2019Rīga
Exhibition "2018. The Luxury of Freedom"

The people of Riga and its visitors will be able to celebrate the second anniversary of the Fashion Museum and the 100 years anniversary of Latvia with the new exhibitions of the museum entitled “1918. The Luxury of Freedom”.

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18. OCT — 31. DEC 2018
LATVIAN FILMS FOR THE LATVIAN CENTENARY. Jēkabs, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs - An Animated Film

When Dad takes his seven-year-old son Jēkabs from a spacious flat in the Quiet Center of Riga to the city’s squalid Moscow District to spend his summer there, the inquisitive boy discovers a previously unknown world. He meets his uncle, the former seaman Ērglis, and his niece, the self-confident know-it-all Mimmi.

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18. OCT 2018 — 31. DEC 2020
Latvia’s National Encyclopaedia

The National Encyclopaedia is a universal-knowledge, popular-science resource in the Latvian language being compiled on the basis of academic principles.

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25. OCT 2018 — 24. FEB 2019
Facial Expressions. The Portrait in 20th Century Latvia

This exhibition gives an overview of the portrait, its classification and development, compositional determinants, and stylistic variations. It portrays the characteristic iconography of the 20th century, which, in comparison to the historical portrait, is closed to the contemporary aesthetic.

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31. OCT — 31. DEC 2018
LATVIAN FILMS FOR THE LATVIAN CENTENARY. The Mover - A Feature Film

Ten-year-old Zigis lives with his parents in Ķīpsala in a house by the Daugava River. In 1942 Latvia is occupied by German troops, and repressions of Jews begin in Riga.Zigis’ father, Žanis Lipke, devises a plan of saving the Jews who work at the factory and are destined for death.This experience gradually transformes Zigis into a mature teenager.

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01. NOV 2018 — 24. MAR 2019
To be banned. Baltic Books 1918 - 1940 - A Travelling Exhibition

The travelling exhibition offers visitors an unprecedented insight into the writing and publishing that took place the between the two world wars with the opportunity to see the wide variety of publications printed between 1920 - 1930 in the three Baltic countries.

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01. NOV — 31. DEC 2018
LATVIAN FILMS FOR THE LATVIAN CENTENARY. 1906 - A Feature Film

The story of the idealistic teacher and poet Violet and social democratic fighter Pelēkais, whose fates intertwine during the revolution of 1905

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01. NOV 2018 — 13. JAN 2019Rīga
Exhibition “Homeland”

Using the geographically longest coastal village in the country as a metaphor, “Homeland” is a constructed and multi-layered story of the birthplace of a human being, memories and the journey of a life.

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02. NOV — 31. DEC 2018
Liepāja - Latvia's Capital - Cycle of events: The Latvian Provisional Government's Six Months in Liepāja - An Exhibition

This cycle of events is dedicated to one of the periods in the process of the creation of the Latvian state - for six months in 1919 the Latvian provisional government lives and worked on the steamship Saratov just off the coast of Liepāja.

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08. NOV — 31. DEC 2018
LATVIAN FILMS FOR THE LATVIAN CENTENARY. Lustrum - A Documentary

A story about the KGB archive and the evaluation of history in the renewed Latvia.

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09. NOV 2018 — 31. DEC 2021
The Latvian War for Independence 1918 - 1920. A Journey in Time - An Exhibition

A permanent interactive exhibition for children and young people about the historical events of the Latvian War for Independence that allow visitors to try out the technical and visual possibilities now available with technology and model building.

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09. NOV — 31. DEC 2018
The First Year - An Exhibition

This exhibition tells the story of the years 1918-1919 in Cēsis, the Latvian Provisional Government, and other significant events (such as the story of the Flag of Latvia) that facilitated the creation of the Republic of Latvia during the 20th century.

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09. NOV 2018 — 07. APR 2019Kuldīgas novads
Song and Dance Celebration exhibition in Kuldiga County Museum

As part of Latvia’s centenary celebrations, Kuldiga County Museum invites to learn more about the Song and Dance Celebration which has played a very important role in uniting the Latvian nation, giving an opportunity to stand united in singing, dancing and playing music through the ages.

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10. NOV 2018 — 03. FEB 2019Rīga
END & BEGINNING. Exhibition by artist Ieva Jurjāne

The title of the exhibition is a reference to the anthology by Rainis, “END & BEGINNING”. The poet explains the introductory part of the anthology, “Coming to Your Senses”, in this way: “A person comes to one’s senses, and realizes the necessity to look for the meaning of existence”.

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12. NOV — 22. DEC 2018
A Barbarian in Paris - Group Exhibition

A group exhibition by young contemporary artists from Latvia and France (curators - Barbara Sirieix and Joachim Hamou). The theoretical essay Active Art (Aktīvā māksla) by Latvian poet, author, and doctor Andrejs Kurcijs (1884 - 1959) serves as the basis for the exhibition.

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15. NOV 2018 — 31. JAN 2019
Gold. Silver. Bronze. Latvian Olympic Hall of Fame - A New Permanent Exposition

The new exhibition Gold. Silver. Bronze will be opened 16 November 2018 in the Latvian Sports Museum. The exhibition is made in collaboration with the Latvian Olympic Committee. The goal is to gift 628 Olympians, that have won 123 medals ( 31 gold, 54 silver, 38 bronze) in summer, winter and Paralympic games, this Hall of Fame for Latvia's centenary.

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15. NOV 2018 — 31. JAN 2019
The Story of Latvian Design - An Art Exhibition

This exhibition seeks to characterise Latvian cultural values through decorative art and design from the period 1918 - 2018. The selected examples of art and design have stood the test of time and can be considered an expression of the values of the Latvian Cultural Canon.

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16. NOV — 30. DEC 2018
Moon and Sun - A Solo Exhibition by Glass Artis Nīmanis

The exhibition will display Nīmanis' functional designs and glass sculptures, which the artist created through his use of traditional glasswork techniques in combination with innovative technologies.

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18. NOV — 31. DEC 2018
LATVIAN FILMS FOR THE LATVIAN CENTENARY. The Sun Rides Up into the Sky - An Animated Film

A visual poem about Latvia as the daughter of the Sun, who is born in darkness, gets kidnapped but is later released to blossom like a beautiful flower in eternity.

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MAY 2018 — MAY 2019Rīga
Website "100 years in one day"

This website is a guide for exploring the 100-year history of Latvia. Here you will find information on the most significant tourist attractions, museums and memorial sites in Riga where you will be able to learn important facts about Latvia’s history, from the foundation of the Latvian state to nowadays.

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