#mindpower – meet Al Bano in Italy

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In the 22nd episode of the #mindpower project, the Italian singer and wine maker Albano Carrisi reads an excerpt from Aspazija’s poem “The Key to Life” from “The Wings Spread Wide” poetry collection (1920).

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#mindpower – meet Pavol Demeš in Slovakia

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The 16th episode of #mindpower is dedicated to Rainis’ political activities. In April 1920, Latvian poets Rainis and Aspazija, greeted by thousands of their compatriots, returned to Latvia from the Swiss exile. Rainis was elected Member of Constitutional Assembly and Member of Parliament. From December 1926 till January 1928, he held the position of Minister for Education.

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#mindpower – meet Psarantonis in Greece

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In the 20th episode of the #mindpower project, the Greek composer, singer and performer of lyre, Psarantonis, reads an excerpt from Aspazija’s poem “Silk Veil” from “An Armful of Flowers” (1911) poetry collection. It speaks about small nations that have great cultural heritage.

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Rainis and Aspazija – politicians and opinion leaders

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This year Latvia celebrates the 150th anniversary of poets and public figures Rainis and Aspazija. The year of their anniversary coincides with the first Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which provides an opportunity to look at the legacy of these great personalities in the wider context of the history of European ideas. The relationship between writers and power was not only a major issue in previous centuries, but remains so today.

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#mindpower – meet Wafa al Kenany in the Netherlands

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In the 19th episode of the #mindpower project Wafa al Kenany reads an excerpt from the article “The Question of Virtue in the Play Lost Rights” written by Aspazija. The play (published in 1894) depicts a woman who perishes because of the double-tongued morals of the society. Aspazija was the first author who dared to speak openly about the state of women in the society, about their potential in shaping the history and their rights to live according to their feelings.

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