Last Updated: 01.11.2017

Centenary

In 2018 Latvia will be celebrating its centenary. The festivity programme will take place starting from 2017 until 2021. Its goal is to deepen understanding about Latvia's statehood, history, events and personalities who have created the state of Latvia. 

 

 

Concept

 

In order to make the Latvia's centenary celebration close and understandable to anyone who feels to be a part of Latvia, we will develop the celebration by using a well-known birthday celebration ritual as an analogy. It consists of five interconnected and complementary parts (process cycles):
 

  • Latvia's ancestors
  • The path leading to Latvia's statehood
  • Latvia's friends and neighbours
  • Latvia's adornment and preparation of gifts
  • Latvia's birthday and presentation of gifts

 

Grand projects

In anticipation of Latvia's centenary, we will implement several grand projects. For example, in 2018 we will be celebrating the XXVI Latvian Song and XVI Dance festival. We will also present the Cultural School Bag to students and youth, the National Encyclopaedia will be made, and other important events will take place.

Latvian Provisional National Council

On the eve of Latvia's centenary, the State Chancellery is developing a series of informative materials on the establishment of the state of Latvia and its founders.

The informative materials aim to strengthen the sense of statehood, to raise awareness of the Latvian history and national values, as well as bright personalities who influenced the historical processes and contributed substantially to the establishment and growth of the state of Latvia, especially to government's work.

Find out what is Latvian Provisional National Council (.pdf)

Declaration of Independence of 4 May

On the eve of Latvia's centenary, the State Chancellery is developing a series of informative materials on the establishment of the state of Latvia and its founders.

The informative materials aim to strengthen the sense of statehood, to raise awareness of the Latvian history and national values, as well as bright personalities who influenced the historical processes and contributed substantially to the establishment and growth of the state of Latvia, especially to government's work.

Find out what is Declaration of Independence of 4 May (.pdf)

The August Coup of 1991

In August 1991, the interior policy and domestic and economic crisis-ridden USSR experienced the attempted coup, which ultimately accelerated the collapse of the USSR and restoration of independence of the Baltic States.

The August Coup was a last-ditch attempt to prevent restoration of independence and overthrow the legitimate power of the Republic of Latvia.

Find out more about The August Coup (.pdf)

The Congress of Latgale in Rezekne

On the eve of Latvia's centenary, the State Chancellery is developing a series of informative materials on the establishment of the state of Latvia and its founders.

The informative materials aim to strengthen the sense of statehood, to raise awareness of the Latvian history and national values, as well as bright personalities who influenced the historical processes and contributed substantially to the establishment and growth of the state of Latvia, especially to government's work.

 

Find out more about the role of The Congress of Latgale  in Rēzekne in May 1917 (.pdf) 

Media Programme

To mark Latvia’s Centenary and tell the story of Latvia’s past, present, and future, we invite foreign journalists to participate in the Centenary Media Programme organized by the Latvian Institute.

We organize trips for journalists to Latvia’s regions, to discover the true spirit of this country through stories of local people, cultural events and historic locations, to take a glimpse into the lifestyle choices of the young and creative professionals, and to feel the vibe of the business start-up communities and social initiatives.

If you wish to pay a visit to Latvia as a media representative, please contact us at prese@li.lv. To apply for media trips, please fill in the online application form.

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Organizers

The Latvia's Centenary Office is responsible for the implementation of Latvia's centenary festivities. The Consultative Creativity Council was established, and its goal is to ensure the development of the festivity programme content. To involve the youth in the centenary process, the Youth Action Committee was created, while the Centenary Action Committee is responsible for the development of the festivity programme plan and monitoring the use of financial resources.  

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Get involved in the development of the centenary!

Give joy to Latvia on its centenary by presenting it your time!
Participate in the Centenary Spellers' Initiative .
4 May 1990 has given us a second breath. Not only did it open borders, but also eyes, hearts and minds. It is the freedom that needs to be celebrated!