Irja Askola is the reigning Bishop of Helsinki. She is the first female Finnish Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.
She has earned respect and gained popularity in Finland thanks to her fight for women’s rights, against social and racial inequalities and intolerance as well as support for same-sex couples.
In this episode Irja Askola and Aspazija (Eva Ikstena-Strapcāne) interpret aphorism written by Rainis on 2 April 1925.
Üllar Saaremäe is an Estonian actor, director, the current Artistic Leader of Rakvere Theatre and punk band singer. He is also the author of the concept and the producer of Estonian Punk Song Festival. Since 2008 it has become a regular event and brought together a large international audience. For organising Estonian Punk Song Festival he received the Estonian Volunteer of the Year national award in 2008.
The multimedia project #mindpower introduces Europe to the Latvian writers Rainis and Aspazija. It will bring their ideas to all 28 Member States of the European Union. In each country, a well-known person will express them in her native language and clothe them in the images of her culture.
Rainis and Aspazija Correspondence spans over 35 years of the creative life of these two poets. The collection contains 2 499 letters in Latvian, Russian and German: of these 1 154 items were written by Aspazija to Rainis, and 1 345 – by Rainis to Aspazija. The correspondence between these two personalities of global scale provides an irreplaceable and invaluable source within the context of Latvian history and culture and the research perspective. We are honoured to have this possibility to remind this part of our heritage and acknowledge its national significance.