As part of poets Rainis and Aspazija 150th anniversary celebration program ‘He’ll Continue Who’s to Change’, international exhibition of contemporary art ‘My Heart Is a Tiger’ opens on May 28, drawing its title from Rainis’ play ‘Joseph and His Brothers’. Simultaneously, the art show held in Jūrmala will inaugurate a new exhibition space – Dubulti railway terminal hall.
Связи с 150-летием двух латышских поэтов – Райниса (подлинное имя Янис Плиекшанс, 1865–1929) и Аспазии (подлинное имя Иоганна Эмилия Лизете Розенберг, 1965–1943) – в сотрудничестве с Правительством Кировской области, Департаментом культуры Кировской области, Департаментом образования Кировской области, Кировской ордена Почета государственной универсальной областной научной библиотекой им. А. И. Герцена, Вятским государственным гуманитарным университетом и Слободским музейно-выставочным центром с 25 по 27 мая проводятся «Дни Райниса и Аспазии в Кировской области», которые включают в себя обширную культурную программу: открытие выставок в Кирове и Слободском, Международную научно-практическую конференцию, встречи латвийских писателей с творческой интеллигенцией города Кирова, концерт творческих коллективов Кировской области и Латвийской Республики и.т.д.
The Night of Museums on 16th of May this year will instate a new action ‘Rainis and Aspazija Arrive to Your Door’ inviting to visit not only the museums of Rainis and Aspazija who are celebrated this year, but also the memorial sites of other writers and literary, cultural figures throughout the summer, earning an opportunity to receive the prizes of action in its conclusion.
After nearly fifteen years spent in emigration, in Switzerland, Rainis and Aspazija returned to Riga, on April 10, 1920. Their return turned into a day of expansive festivities not only for both of the poets, but for entire Latvian nation.
Andris Breže “Aicinājums”
The interdisciplinary conference “Between Truth and Power: The Role of Authors in Building and Changing Europe” will be held on 1-2 May 2015 at the National Library of Latvia (NLL), in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Latvian poets Rainis and Aspazija.
On Monday, March 30, at 17.00, the Aspazija House hosted a book presentation of “Aspazija. Her Lyrical Prose” by Astrida B. Stahnke of the United States. Stahnke, whose birthday was also celebrated on that occasion, is a long time translator and researcher of the foremost end 19th – beginning 20th century Latvian female writer Asapzija (pseud. Elza Rozenberga, 1865-1943).
In the 15th episode of #mindpower, the Irish writer Siobhán Parkinson interprets a riddle by Rainis – the author of serious symbolic plays and philosophical poetry who has also written books for children.
On Monday 20 April, the “Aspazija / Rainis: rebel / humanist. The story of two Latvian poets” exhibition will open at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. It is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the distinguished Latvian poets, playwrights and public figures, Rainis and Aspazija.
Plotterroboter KEN is is one of the most famous German Urban artists. His works can be found in industrial areas and abandoned factory sites of Berlin. “My subjects mirror present times. Our constant demand for energy, the global industrialisation and the resulting conflict of power and resources. Scenes from countries where war has long became mundane. The continuous pollution of the environment and the already appearing effects on humans and animals. Phenomenons such as the modification of seeds and plants, factory farming and the manipulation of the climate result in a gloomy picture of the future.”
Riga, 15-17 April 2015
Live broadcast – www.aspazija.lu.lv/live
The conference is organized by the University of Latvia in collaboration with the Latvian Academy of Sciences and other institutions. The Ex-President of the Republic of Latvia, Her Excellency Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga expressed her consent to become the patroness of this international conference. The conference is one of the key events dedicated to the UNESCO year of the 150th anniversary of Rainis and Aspazija. The conference will be of special importance in the light of the Latvia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2015.