Weekly Summary of News in Latvia

CURRENT LATVIA

9 - 16 November
Wk. 46/2004 (582)








FOREIGN POLICY EVENTS AND CHRONOLOGY 

11 November 2004

The President of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, sent a letter to the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Autonomy, Ahmed Korei, expressing her condolences to the officials of the Palestinian Autonomy, Palestinian people and family of their leader Yasser Arafat on his passing. "Yasser Arafat has entered the history annals as a defender of Palestinian aspirations and hopes, a leader who enjoyed support all over the Arab world. I express my hope that the historical weight of his personality will help all Palestinians peacefully and with respect towards their neighbours unite in building of independent and democratic Palestinian state," wrote the President of Latvia. President's Chancery (11.11.2004)


11 November 2004

Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Artis Pabriks, met with the Foreign Affairs Council to discuss the Draft of Latvia's Foreign Policy Guidelines.  This elaborated draft of Latvia's Foreign Policy Guidelines presents a broader view of international challenges, their impact on Latvia's foreign policy, and defines the country's positions on topical issues. The draft has been supplemented with new chapters. Besides the priorities set for Latvia in the previous document with respect to the European Union, strengthening of national security, facilitating of economic dimension, promoting of regional cooperation policy, and reinforcing of the ties between Latvia and the Latvian diaspora, the elaborated Draft outlines also Latvia's foreign policy goals in Development policy, New Neighbours Initiative and the formation of the country's image. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (10.11.2004)


18 - 20 November 2004

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Artis Pabriks, participates in the Europe Forum in Berlin, Germany


19 November 2004

Visit to Latvia by the NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer


23 November 2004

Working visit to Latvia by the President of Germany Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler



IN BRIEF

Conference "Opportunities for Russia - Baltics relations in the EU Neighbourhood region" held

On 12 November 2004, Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Artis Pabriks, participated in the annual international conference organised by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation (LATO) "Opportunities for Russia - Baltics relations in the EU Neighbourhood region".

The conference was dedicated to the relations between the Baltic countries and Russia after the Baltic countries joined the European Union and NATO, and development of the EU neighbourhood policy.  At the opening of the morning session, Mr Pabriks spoke about Latvia's foreign and economic policy priorities towards Russia; he also participated in the discussion with representatives of NGOs, research centres and mass media on urgent issues of the political agenda regarding this topic.

The annual conference of foreign policy experts was organised jointly by the Latvian Transatlantic Organization and Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Germany with support of the World Federation of Free Latvians, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Defence.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (11.11.2004)

 

Foreign officials to receive the Three Star Order - highest honour of the Republic of Latvia 

As decided on 16 October 2004, The Board of Orders, in November 2004, will present Latvia's highest honour - the Three Star Order, to a number of foreign officials for their contribution to Latvia's integration into the European Union and NATO and for their merits in favour of Latvia's development. The Three Star Order (first class) will be granted to the European Union (EU) Enlargement Commissioner Guenter Verheugen and European Commission former President Romano Prodi. On 19 November the Three Star Order (first class) will be granted also to Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO Secretary General.

The Three Star Order (second class) will be granted to Bronislav Geremek, former Foreign Minister of Poland, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, MP,  former Foreign Minister of Estonia, Wim Kok, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Paavo Lipponen, former Prime Minister of Finland, Speaker of the Parliament of Finland, George Papandreou, Foreign Minister of Greece, Jan Petersen, Foreign Minister of Norway, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minster of Denmark.

The Three Star Order (third class) will be granted to the U.S. Committee on NATO President Bruce Jackson, the founding member of the U.S. Committee on NATO Julie Finley, Special Assistant to the US President and Senior Director for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried, and the former Chinese Ambassador to Latvia Wang Kaiwen.

The Three Star Order (third class) also will be granted to the head of German delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly Markus Meckel, former Ukrainian Ambassador to Latvia Viktor Mikhailovsky, and Christian Democratic/Christian Socialist-Free Democratic Coalition Bundestag security policy head Christian Schmidt, U.S. National Security Council Director for Central and Northern Europe Walter Andrusyszyn, political analyst, former official of the U.S.  State Department Ronald Dietrich Asmus, former Member of the European Parliament Catherine Lalumiere, Chairman of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad Warren L.Miller, Mayor General, Advisor at the Minsitry of Defence of Sweden, Karlis Neretnieks, Honorary Consul of Latvia in Texas, Arcansas, Luisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Stephen P.Payne, Ambassador, Deputy Head of the European Integration Directorate at the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Martin Sajdik, and former Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the U.S., Alexandr Vondra.

The Three Star Order (fourth class) will be granted to Pascale Andreani, European Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister of France, Head of the French Interministerial Coordination Bureau, Rémy Robinet-Duffo, President of the Baltic States' Committee of the union of the entrepreneurs of France Mouvement des enterprises de France.  Also the Three Star Order (fifth class) will be granted to Christos Katharios, Director of the EU Enlargement DG.

President's Chancery (12.11.2004)


Representatives of the Latvian community in Russia gather for the annual meeting

On 16 November 2004, the Latvian Embassy in the Russian Federation for the third time welcomed the reperesentatives of Latvian societies in Russia for their annual round-table meeting. The event was attended by heads of Latvian societies of Moscow, St Petersburg, Magadan, Komi Republic, Omsk, Tomsk, Smolensk, Krasnoyarsk and ethnic Latvian villages of Lejas Bulani and Augsbebri.

The participants were read a message from the Latvian President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, addressed to Latvians abroad, and they were addressed by the Latvian Ambassador to Russia, Normans Penke. Also the director of the Latvian Society Integration Foundation, Nils Sakss, and representative of the Secretariat of the Minister for Special Assignments in Society Integration Affairs, Andrejs Berdnikovs, participated in the round-table discussion.

The participants of the meeting learned of the National diaspora programme for 2004 - 2006. The heads of Latvian societies attended a training course in preparation of project proposals to receive funding from the Society Integration Foundation. Also consular isssues were discussed in the meeting.

The Embassy is holding such meetings on a regular basis to let the heads of Latvian societies know each other better, share experience and knowledge, acquire the latest news from other societies and information about Latvian government support for Latvians abroad, Latvian diplomats and officials.

On 17 November, the heads of Latvian societies participated in the ceremonial reception held by the Latvian Embassy in honour of the 86th anniversary of Latvia's indepence in the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (15.11.2004)


DEFENCE ISSUES

Latvia celebrates the Lacplesa Day

To mark the 85th anniversary of the Latvian Armed Forces and the Lacplesa Day, several commemorative events were held in the Latvian capital on 11 November 2004. Also country's top officials, representatives of the Ministry of Defence and National Armed Forces (NAF) were participating in these events.

The day began with an ecumenical worship held in the St Peter's Church, followed by laying of wreaths at the Eternal Fire in the Brethren Cemetery. Latvian President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, and Defence Minister, Atis Slakteris, spoke at the ceremony at the Eternal Fire in front of the Mother Latvia sculpture in the Brethren Cemetery. "Here, at the feet of the Mother Latvia, lie those, who were willing to give up their lives for a free Latvian state. Today we honour them and all others anywhere in the world, who were ready to sacrifice their lives for freedom only to have the peoples finally breathe freely," said the President.

After that, the ceremonial Change of Guards took place at the Freedom Monument in downtown Riga, follwed by a parade of the military units of the Riga garrison and an address by the President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga.

The Riga Museum of War hosted a reception held by the Latvian Minister of Defence and the Commander of NAF for the best conscripts of the compulsory military service and their families. The soldiers who have served impeccably, shown excellent physical condition and intiative in their service and duties received awards of the Defence Minister and the NAF Commander.

Latvia first proclaimed its independence on 18 November 1918, but had to protect its newly obtained freedom in a fierce and uneven battle with the German army until 11 November 1919. After restoration of Latvia's independence in 1991, 11 November was made the official date for commemoration of Latvian soldiers, who had died for the country's freedom. The date is called the Lacplesis' Day after the Latvian folk tale hero Lacplesis, who fought against foreign invaders for freedom of his country.

 President's Chancery (11.11.2004);
Ministry of Defence (10 - 11.11.2004);
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (11.11.2004);
Latvijas vestnesis (12.11.2004);
BNS (12.11.2004)

 

Ministry's of Defence State Secretary visits Macedonia 

From 14 to 16 November 2004, the Ministry's of Defence State Secretary Edgars Rinkevics was on a working visit to Macedonia. Meetings with the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Macedonia Vlado Buckovski, the State Secretary Nikola Petrovski and the Ministry's of Foreign Affairs State Secretary Fatmir Xheladini took place during the visit.

Issues of security within the region and mutual cooperation were discussed during the visit. The State Secretary learnt about the National Armed Forces of the Republic of Macedonia and its Defence, as well as shared experiences obtained during the road to integration into NATO. The scope of visit also covered the development of the bilateral cooperation.

Ministry of Defence (13.11.2004)



ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS

Latvia is actively utilising the EU structural funding

On 11 November 2004, the Latvian EU structural fund supervision committee convened for its fourth meeting. In the opening address, the Under-secretary of State of the Ministry of Finance and Chairman of the Committee, A. Ubelis, noted that this meeting is a chance to review the first results of the accomplished work and for the first time to observe the progress of implementation of the single programming document since the last meeting of the committee four months ago. Ubelis also invited the members of the committee to set further objectives.

Representative of the Regional Policy Directorate-General of the European Commission (EC), M. Beschel, said that the committee is a significant tool for following-up of the utilisation of structural funding. The committee also serves as a major forum for the various involved parties where best and most efficient ways of utilisation of funding can be learned. The EC representative acknowledged Latvia's achievements at the launch of the programme, taking into consideration the relatively short time that had passed since approval of the single programming document by the EC in June 2004.

Currently, 35 out of the 83 activities envisaged in the structural funds are being implemented (reception of project proposals has been announced or is already completed, projects have been approved, and/or are being implemented). The 35 activities cover 51% of the available public (both structural and national) funding worth LVL 262 million. 33 more activities worth LVL 188 million or 36% of the total public funding are currently prepared and will soon be launched. These activities entail large infrastructure projects in Latvian municipalities. Currently, 2.9 million euros have ben paid to the recipients of the funding. A request of payback of this amount has been delivered to the EC. However, this is only the first request of payment and covers only 0.5% of the total available funding.

The Latvian state is interested in development of more than just the relatively "traditional" activities. A greater attention should be paid and entrepreneurs should be motivated to use various opportunities which might not give an immediate benefit, but will do so in a longer period of time and form a completely different foundation for the Latvian national economy. One of such prospective areas is the innovations sector. Besides, there is structural funding envisaged for Latvian entrepreneurs for activities in this sector.

Ministry of Finance (12.11.2004)


Latvia participates in the international engineering fair "ELMIA Subcontractor 2004" in Sweden

From 9 to 12 November 2004, the international engineering fair "ELMIA Subcontractor 2004" was held in Sweden. Latvia was represented in this fair by five companies - AS "Dambis", AS "Baltijas Gumijas Fabrika", "Zagu Serviss" SIA, "ELAKS" SIA and "Sperre Baltic" SIA. The "Hanza Elektronika" SIA participated with a separate stand.

This was the first time when Latvia was represented so extensively in this fair. The fair included previously arranged meetings between Latvian and Nordic companies, representatives of the Latvian Investment and Development Agency and the visitors of the Latvian stand. Latvian representatives also sought ways to strengthen the business contacts established in the previous years.

Latvian Investment and Development Agency (12.11.2004)


Closing conference of the RIS Latvija project

On 12 November 2004, the Small Guildhall in Riga hosted the closing conference of the RIS Latvija project. The project's other title is "Strategies for knowledge-based business development in Latvia". It is a project of the EU 5th framework programme and has been implemented in Latvia since 2002.

The project is coordinated and implemented by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency, Development Council of the Riga Planning Region and the Latvian Technology Centre together with foreign partners - the Stockholm Economic Development Agency and the Innovations Management GmbH (Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany).

The project was implemented over 30 months and included 4 studies that helped to learn of the actual situation in Latvia. A series of proposals concerning introduction of 5 essential support programmes for innovations in businesses was drafted. Altogether, 26 support programmes and activities were proposed basing on the study results. Several innovation-related activities in the business sector have already been implemented as side products of this project.

Latvian Investment and Development Agency (12.11.2004)



LATEST STATISTICS 

In September 2004, retail trade turnover decreased by 2.0% (at constant prices) compared with August (seasonally unadjusted data) and by 11.6% compared with September 2003. In January-September 2004 retail trade turnover (at constant prices) increased by 12.6% compared with January-September 2003. In September 2004, the turnover of retailers the main activity of which is sales of motor vehicles, motorcycles and parts thereof (at constant prices) increased by 6.7% compared with August. Central Statistical Bureau (09.11.2004)


Registered unemployment rate by city and districtCentral Statistical Bureau (15.11.2004)


The value of exports in September 2004 was LVL 180.3 million, an increase of LVL 2.6 million or 1.4% compared with August and an increase of LVL 36.7 million or 25.6%, compared with September 2003. The value of imports in September 2004 was LVL 361.6 million; up by LVL 54.4 million or 17.7% compared with August, but compared with September 2003 it has increased by LVL 86.7 million or 31.6%.
The most important commodities exported in January-September 2004 from Latvia were wood and articles of wood (32.8% of the total export value) followed by base metals and articles of base metals (13.5%) and textiles and textile articles (10.9%). Compared with the corresponding period of the previous year, the sharpest increases were 68.9% in The exports of footwear and haberdashery, 48.7% in the exports of plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof and 27.9% in the exports of the chemical and allied industries.
The most important commodities imported in January-September 2004 were machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment (20.0% of the total import value) followed by mineral products (11.8%) and transport vehicles (11.2%). Compared with the corresponding period of the previous year, the steepest increases in imports were 73.7% for wood and articles of wood, 37.7% for mineral products and 22.6% for machinery and mechanical appliances. Central Statistical Bureau (15.11.2004)

 

91.3 thousand unemployed persons or 8.5% of the economically active population were registered as of 1 November 2004 in the country (92.5 thousand or 8.7% as of 1 October 2004), according to the Central Statistical Bureau. 89.4 thousand unemployed persons or 8.5% of the economically active population were recorded as of 1 November 2003 in the country.
The status of unemployed was granted to 10.9 thousand persons in January 2004, 9.3 thousand in February, 11.3 thousand in March, 8.9 thousand in April, 7.9 thousand in May, 9.2 thousand in June, 9.1 thousand in July, 9.1 thousand in August, 9.7 thousand in September, 8.8 thousand in October.
In October, 10.0 thousand persons lost the status of unemployed; of these 40% had found a job, 57% did not follow the obligations of unemployed person laid down by legislation but 3% lost it due to other reasons (had reached the retirement age, emigrated from the country, etc.). More than half of the total number of unemployed is women (60%). 23.9 thousand persons could not find a job for a period longer than one year (24.0 thousand on 1 November 2003). Central Statistical Bureau (16.11.2004)



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SOCIETY, SPORTS AND CULTURE

International conference "Negotiating futures - states, societies and the world" held in Riga

From 12 to 14 November 2004, the University of Latvia (UL) in Riga hosted the international scientific conference "Negotiating futures - states, societies and the world". In her address to reasearchers and students, the Latvian President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, thanked the Strategic Analysis Commission (SAC) and UL for organisation of this conference. The President Vaira Vike-Freiberga expressed her acknowledgement of the fact that this conference was launched exactly in 2004 - a year with a great historical significance for the Baltic states when they have turned from enslaved and occupied countries into full-fledged members of the EU and NATO. It is the right time for intellectuals to give a new and hopeful impetus for the idea of Europe's future, said the President.

"My dream as President is to see Riga regain its place as an intellectual centre of Europe. I see this conference, in this hall, as a symbolic declaration of that intent. Riga, after all, is the place where Kant published his Critique of Pure Reason, even though he had written it in Königsberg. Riga is the place where Herder developed his ideas about the "folk," about "folk-songs" and the meaning of nationhood. Herder's ideas, in interaction with those of other important thinkers of the movement of German Romanticism, among them Harder, Hamann, the brothers Grimm, Lessing and others, their thoughts about the meaning of culture and the source of ideas were to revolutionise Europe."*

The audience was addressed by the world-renowned professor of political science, Jean Blondel. He is a Professorial Fellow in the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and he delivered a presentation entitled "The European Union and Our Common Future as Europeans". Blondel highly appreciated the establishment of the Strategic Analysis Commission under the president's institution in Latvia and expressed his hope that this splendid idea of strategic approach to shaping of the future will be taken over by other EU countries, too.

The conference gathered about 130 reasearchers from Latvia, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Canada, USA, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Lithuania, Estonia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Poland and other countries. For the first time, the whole body of Latvian social science researchers were also participating in an international conference.

On 16 November, the President participated in the opening of the book published by SAC "National Interests: Searching for Formulation". Vike-Freiberga emphasized that both the conference and the book have addressed conceptually significant issues which will definitely arouse discussions in all levels - not only among ministries and government officials. The President noted that this is the time, year 2004, when Latvia has turned a new page in its history as an EU and NATO member state and it is particularly appropriate for formulation and building of understanding of Latvia's national interests and ways of their strategical implementation.

President's Chancery (12.11.2004, 16.11.2004)

*Address by Dr Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of Latvia, at the conference "Negotiating Futures: States, Societies and the World", Riga, 12 November 2004


Exhibition of works by Maija Tabaka opens in the State Museum of Art

On 12 November 2004, the Latvian State Museum of Art opened the solo exhibition of the distinguished Latvian painter Maija Tabaka. The opening was attended by the President of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, too.

On 5 November, the President cogratulated the artist in her birthday, saying that the paintings of Maija Tabaka "are a great art work where so much of the depth and beauty of the artist's personality has been enclosed". "I am grateful for the selflessness with which you are sharing your talent with people in Latvia and abroad. It is a great fortune and privilege to see the diversity of a man in this world and to be able to show it to others," said the President in her greeting to Maija Tabaka.

The exhibition in the State Museum of Art is open till 2 January 2005.

President's Chancery (05.11.2004);
State Art Museum (12.11.2004)

See also: http://www.vmm.lv/en/tabaka.html


German town of Gütersloh opens exhibition of works of Valmiera art schools

From 12 to 13 November 2004, the Latvian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Germany, Dr Martins Virsis, visited the German siter city of the Valmiera region, Gütersloh, where an exhibition of works by teachers and students of art schools of Valmiera, Rujiena and Mazsalaca was opened.

The opening of the exhibition was attended by the delegtion of the Valmiera region headed by the Chairman of the Region Council, Vitauts Stana. On behalf of the German side, the exhibition was opened by the Chairman of the Gütersloh county, Sven-Georg Adenauer. The exhibition in Gütersloh will be open till December 17, when it travels to the nearby towns of Wiedenbrück and Lippstadt.

Valmiera and Gütersloh regions have been partners for 12 years. A close cooperation in education, culture, social sector, regional development, promotion of entrepreneurship and municipal affairs has developed between the regions.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (16.11.2004)


Latvian films and theatre performances shown in the Netherlands

From 10 to 14 November 2004, during the Northern Film Festival in the Netherlands (www.noordelijkfilmfestival.nl) several screenings of the feature film "Python" by Latvian film director Laila Pakalnina took place. In the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) held from November 18 to 28 (www.idfa.nl), her film "Dreamland" will be shown. Laila Pakalnina herself and representatives of Latvia's embassy participates in the festivals.

From 4 to 22 November, New Riga Theatre participates in the festival Paradise Regained? (www.paradiseregained.nl) that takes place in several cities of the Netherlands. In the cities of Rotterdam and Haarlem the theatre will show two performances: "Further" and "Long Life".

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (11.11.2004)

 

Exhibition of Latvian art "Objects. Paintings on Wood" opens in Denmark

On 15 November 2004, in the eve of the anniversary of Latvia's independence day, an exhibition of Latvian art "Objects. Paintings on Wood" was opened in the Danish town of Lingby. The exhibition was organised by the "Bastejs" gallery in cooperation with the Lingby Culture Centre. It was opened by the Latvian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark, Indulis Berzins.

The exhibition is organised in the framework of the project "Discovering Europe" financed by the European Commission. It features paintings on wood by Gunars Krollis, Ivars and Helena Heinrihsoni, Ieva Maurite, Kristiana Dimitere, Vija Zarina, Laima Bikse and other Latvian artists. The exhibition is open in the Lingby Culture Centre till November 22.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (15.11.2004)

 

Exhibition dedicated to the "French group" and artist Kurts Fridrihsons opens in Riga

On 17 November 2004, the French Culture Centre in Riga opens the exhibition "French Group and painter Kurts Fridrihsons". It features materials about the group of people sent to labour camps in Siberia by the Soviet regime.

The exhibition displays letters and poetry written in exile, photos, water colour drawings created by Kurts Fridrihsons in the camp, samples of French literature translations into Latvia, felt-tip pen drawings by Kurts Fridrihsons from the 1980's where the artist addresses the themes he discovered in exile - suffering, redemption and freedom.

The notion of the "French group" first emerged in KGB interrogation protocols in 1951, when 13 people who belonged to this group were arrested and dispatched to the GULAG camps. The "French group" included Kurts Fridrhsons; poetess, playwright and translator Elza Sterste; translators Ieva Lase, Maija Silmale, Milda Grinfelde; teacher Eleonora Sausne and writer Gustavs Berzins. Actually, the adjective "French" cannot be referred to all of these people, just as the notion of "group" - just some of them knew each other, while some met each other in a later stage - in prison or in exile. Besides, they never described themselves as the "French group".

The exhibition was prepared in cooperation between the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia and the French Culture Centre. It is open till 12 December.

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia (15.11.2004);
BNS (04.11.2004)


CALENDAR OF ARTS EVENTS 

17 November - 12 December 2004

Exposition "French Group in Latvia and painter Kurts Fridrihsons", Centre Culturel Français de Riga; The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, 7036656

16 - 27 November 2004

Personal exhibition by Indra Sproge "Time Winds around You", Riga, Gallery "Bastejs", 371 7225050

17 - 24 November 2004

Exhibition "Selected ceramics", devoted to the 80th anniversary of founding of the Latvian Art Academy's Department of Ceramics, Riga, Latvian Art Academy, 7332202

Until 21 November 2004

Exhibition by Ilmars Blumbergs "The drawings are in the box. A Prayer for seeing", Oratorio di San Ludovico, Dorsoduro, Venice, Italy, http://www.nuovaicona.org

Until 23 November 2004

Exhibition of paintings by Helena Heinrihsone "Faces of Summer", Riga, Galle "Maksla XO", 9482098

Until 28 November 2004

Exhibition "Still life. 20 - 21 centuries", Riga, State Art Museum, Exhibition Hall "Arsenals", 7357520

Until 29 November 2004

Exhibition of works from Matti Milius' art collection, Latvian Artists' Union Gallery, http://www.lmsgalerija.lv/en/m20.html , 7509750

10 - 30 November 2004

Exhibition of works by Juris Petraskevics "Fortoarko vegi", Riga, Gallery "Daugava", 7212896, andatreija@e-apollo.lv

Until 3 December 2004

Exhibition by Roberts Diners and Lilija Dinere "Bronze Tree", Riga, Ivonna Veiherte Art Gallery, 7222641

Until 4 December 2004

Personal exhibition by Egils Rozenbergs "The Chinese Ornamentation", Riga Art Gallery, 371 7225887

Until 5 December 2004

Exhibition "Unofficial Russian Art from the Collection of Matti Milius", Riga, State Art Museum, 371 7324461, vmm-pr@latnet.lv

Until 31 December 2004

Exhibition by Latvian Textile Artists Association "Coloured stories", Riga, Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation, 7356681

Until 2 January 2005

Solo exhibition by Maija Tabaka, Riga, State Art Museum, 371 7324461, vmm-pr@latnet.lv

Until 1 February 2005

Personal exhibition by Gunars Zemgals "Theatre. Process. Time", Riga, Theatre Museum, 7617708

Until 5 February 2005

Exhibition of photographies "City. The Archaeology of Time", Riga, Latvian Museum of Photography, 371 7221922

Until 12 February 2005 

Annual Music Festival "Winterfest", Hermanis Brauns Foundation, 7205444, hbf@hbf.lv


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