Photo: Vitālijs Vinogradovs
The first-day cancellation of the new stamps Rainis and Aspazija – 150 is to be held in the shopping mall “Galerija Centrs”, 16 Audēju Street, Riga, from 10 AM to 6 PM on September 11, 2015.
A special presentation event in honor of the Latvijas Pasts stamp block dedicated to Rainis and Aspazija, which is scheduled to start at 12:30 PM, will see the participation of Latvijas Pasts Chairman of the Board Arnis Salnājs, Managing Director of the Association of Memorial Museums Rita Meinerte, representatives of the Ministry of Culture and managing staff of Galerija Centrs.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the two outstanding literary figures, Latvijas Pasts and organizers of the Poetry Days welcome everyone interested to attend the Poetry Post outlet, which will be open to customers in the shopping mall “Galerija Centrs” on Rainis’ birthday, September 11. There the customers will have a chance to make their own unique postcards and cancel them with the special Poetry Days cancellation.
The denomination of the stamps “Rainis and Aspazija – 150” released by Latvijas Pasts is €0.50 and the print run of the block is 30,000 copies. The stamp and the cover have been designed by Lilija Dinere. The print run of the special cover is 1,500 copies. The stamps have been printed at Baltic Banknote printing house in Latvia.
In Latvia, 2015 is the year of Rainis and Aspazija. 2015 marks 150 years since the birth of these contemporaries and spouses. Rainis and Aspazija are authors and public figures at the European and global level. For more than a century, these personalities and their work have been a role model for Latvian literature and socio-political thought. These great masters have made an invaluable contribution to bringing the western philosophical thought closer to Latvia and its development as well as nurturing the idea of a free and independent Latvia. In assessing the contribution of the poets, UNESCO has included the 150th anniversary of the two great names in the calendar of celebrations 2014 – 2015.