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How Latvian communities around the world plan to celebrate Latvia’s birthday?

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«Celebration of independence of the Republic of Latvia is an important tradition that allows members of Latvia’s diaspora to maintain ties with their homeland – this year’s event will be even more expansive and inclusive than ever before. This is because events associated with the country’s hundredth birthday will be organized all around the world,» says manager of World Federation of Free Latvians office in Latvia Jānis Andersons.

PBLA has compiled several interesting examples of how Latvians around the world plan to celebrate the 99th anniversary of the day of proclamation of Latvia’s independence. Several of them are intended to promote Latvia’s name in the world and present cultural and business accomplishments, PBLA notes.

‘Treasures of Latvia’ exhibition starts travelling across USA

From Saturday, 18 November, onward, American Latvians Union’s organized Treasures of Latvia exhibition will start travelling from Latvian centre to Latvian centre in USA. The exhibition tells about businessmen that were provided export excellence prizes from Latvian export promotion movement The Red Jackets in 2013 and 2015.

«With Latvia’s centenary coming closer, we want to present Latvia as modern, innovative and talent-rich country that can provide a contribution to the world,» explains ALA Culture Sector manager Līga Ejupe.

For the end of the week, the exhibition will be available in Washington, San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis and New Jersey. A full schedule and more detailed information about events associated with Latvia’s centenary in USA is available here.

Praise of Latvia’s national flag in Iceland

A special event was launched in Melbourne, Australia in 2016. It is called the Way of Latvia’s flag. A special edition book and no less special flag of Latvia began travelling from Latvian community to Latvian community in countries around the world. The flag is expected to return to Latvia in November 2018. This month, however, it will be visiting the Latvian community in Iceland. The event is organized with cooperation with Latvian state centenary youth committee, PBLA, European Latvians Union and American Latvians Youth Union.

«This is an event that lets people see for themselves that Latvia is larger than maps say. All of our communities represent strength that can be used by our businessmen, art, culture and other industries’ representatives,» adds Andersons.

Australian community of Latvians will be congratulated by ex-president Valdis Zatlers.

«The day of proclamation of Latvia is an especially important celebration for Latvians living in Australia and New Zealand. Years ago we founded another beautiful tradition – inviting special guests from Latvia to maintain close ties with Latvia,» as reported by head of Latvians Union in Australia and New Zealand Kristīne Saulīte.

The special guest is chosen every year by LAAJ praesidium through a vote. This year’s special guest is ex-president of Latvia Valdis Zatlers.

«Because 18 November is not a holiday for us, we celebrate it all month. This makes it possible for all communities to meet the special guest. Mr. Zatlers will present his speech ‘Latvia and Latvians in the world’ in eight centres in Australia. He will also read a lecture in Canberra and meet with Australian politicians, Baltic communities and media,» says Saulīte.

Discussions to be held in Brazil about Latvian folklore and life in diaspora

Following an invitation of South American Latvian Union, the oldest dance community outside of Latvia – Kamoliņš – and folklore community Dūdalnieki will be staying in Nova Odessa and Ijuí from 9 November until 21 November. Latvians started living in Nova Odessa in 1906 and in Ijuí in 1892.

Both communities will perform and participate in discussions about folklore and life in the diaspora. They will also celebrate the day of proclamation of Republic of Latvia on 18 November.

Vilki to kick off celebrations in Freiburg, Germany

Festivities will commence in Latvian centre Bērzaine, which is located in Freiburg, Germany, in the evening on 17 November with a performance by Vilki under Edgars Lipors leadership. The concert will feature old soldier songs. On 18 November, there will be Latvian family films shown at the centre.

Latvians in Belgium to celebrate 18 November with Andris Kivičs

Latvian community in Belgium will be congratulated by Latvia’s ambassador in Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg Ilze Rūse, chairman of Latvian Community in Belgium Laura Gailīte and the special guest of the evening – musician Andris Kivičs. Latvian choir under Gitas Pāvila’s leadership will also perform in Brussels. There will also be a special art contest for children and other festivities.

18 November in Canada will pass with songs

In Canada, festivities will be held in Canadian Latvians centre in Toronto, where the audience will be offered songs that had united Latvians even before 1918. Songs will be performed by Trio Latvian folklore group.

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