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.
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
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.
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.
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.