Photo: Vitālijs Vinogradovs
In the museum of Rainis’ early days ‘Jasmuiža’ the former building of manor cattle-shed opened this summer reconstructed and renovated as the House of Traditional Latgalian Culture and Handicrafts offering the eldest as well as one of the widest expositions of Latgale brand of ceramics in Latvia. This collection has been assembled since 1960s and encompasses more than 2000 works of the artisans creating Latgalian ceramics for many generations, represented in the selection.
11.08.–10.10.2015. The Museum of Romans Suta and Aleksandra Beļcova, Riga, 57a Elizabetes Street, Apt. 26 (entrance from the courtyard, 5th floor). Corator of the exhibition – Irēna Bužinska.
In the last — 28th episode of the #mindpower series, the Romanian mountaineer Horia Colibăşanu reads an excerpt from the poem “Creative Spirit” by Aspazija included in the poetry collection “The Wings Spread Wide” (1920).
In the 27th episode of the #mindpower series, the Portuguese marine biologist Adelino V.M. Canario and Latvian musician Goran Gora read Rainis’ aphorism (1923) about connections and similarities between various nations, cultures and times.
In the 26th episode of the #mindpower series, the Bulgarian actor Ivaylo Zahariev and Latvian musician Goran Gora read excerpts from Rainis’ uncollected poem Wishes to a State Official written in 1928.
In the 25th episode of the project, Toni Marín Vila reads an excerpt from Aspazija’s poem Forms that speaks about perpetual movement in the physical and spiritual worlds.
Toni Marín Vila is a Spanish film director and producer, as well as a lecturer, who began his career at the Spanish public broadcaster TVE. Among other things, he was responsible for the TV production design at the 1992 Olympic Games held in Barcelona. He has also worked for Televisió de Catalunya and many public and private audiovisual and cultural organisations, in addition to directing and producing several award-winning animation films and documentaries.
Concert “Rainis and Aspazija at the Flower Market” is a part of Cēsis Arts festival. The event takes place in Cēsis Old market pavilion 11. July at 19.00.
Soloists: Inga Šļubovska (soprano), Ieva Parša (mezzo soprano), Mihails Čuļpajevs (tenor), Rihards Millers (baritone), Krišjānis Norvelis (bass), Ērika Apeine (piano); Mārtiņš Zilberts (piano).
Cēsis Arts festival this year has started with the opening of a contemporary art exhibition “Distant Moods on a Blue Evening”. The event takes place in the Cēsis Old Brewery. The exhibition will be open till August 9.
Artists: JURGA BARILAITĖ (Lithuania), THOMAS BEHLING (Germany), MARGRÉT H. BLÖNDAL (Iceland), ELINA BROTHERUS (Finland, France), MERIKE ESTNA (Estonia, GB), MIĶELIS FIŠERS (Latvia), ANE GRAFF (Norway), MAIJA HIRVANEN (Finland), SOFIA HULTÉN (Sweden, Germany), STEN ARE SANDBECK (Norway), BOLATTA SILIS-HØEGH (Denmark, Grenland), EMILIJA ŠKARNULYTĖ (Lithuania, Norway), MARGUS TAMM, MARTA STRATSKAS (Estonia), ARTURS VIRTMANIS (Latvia, USA)
In the 24th episode of the #mindpower project, the French acrobat Sandrine Juglair reads an uncollected poem by Rainis about the collective space of ideas from which the world’s greatest thinkers get their inspiration.
Rainis (born Jānis Pliekšāns, 1865–1929) is one of the most important Latvian writers, poets and playwrights of all time, a public figure and politician. “Tālas noskaņas zilā vakarā” (Distant Moods in a Blue Evening, 1903) is the first collection of poems by Rainis and includes the poems composed during his deportation in Slobodsk, Russia (in late 19th century, Rainis was arrested and deported (1897-1903) to Russia for his political views).