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BUSINESS FORUM & RECEPTION

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

16:30-19:00

University Club of Saint Paul

Presentation Language: English

 

Latvia: Your Business Gateway to Europe
A Conversation with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš

Latvia is the heart of the New Nordics – an innovative country with mission-oriented people who are mindful of the environment and the common good. We are a proud member of the EU, NATO and the OECD, and the No.1 startup-friendly country globally. Latvia is also a regional multimodal transportation hub, maintains a highly competitive tax system and has a highly educated and multilingual workforce.


The Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA) together with the Latvian American Chamber of Commerce (LACC) invites interested persons to a presentation and reception regarding investment and cooperation opportunities with Latvia. This event seeks to strengthen the economic cooperation with the Latvian diaspora located all over the world. The event will include an address by Krišjānis Kariņš, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, and a presentation by the Director General of LIAA, Kaspars Rožkalns.  A cocktail reception will take place following the presentations and prior to the Welcome Concert. Admission is by invitation, but a limited number of public seats are available. To attend, please RSVP prior to June 10, 2022, to Dean Ramos (LACC).

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DOCUMENTARY FILM "VALIANT!"

Thursday, June 30, 2022 & Saturday, July 2, 2022

10:00-11:30

Landmark Center | Weyerhaeuser Auditorium

Presentation Language: Latvian with English subtitles


The feature documentary “Valiant!” centers on the activities of the 1980s’ North American Latvian youth protesting Soviet occupation of Latvia and the Baltic States during the last years of the Cold War. From chaining themselves to the Russian Embassy, to organizing the “Freedom” cruise along the maritime border of the Soviet Baltic states – they were focused on maintaining the plight of the Baltic States in the world’s eye.  The main hero is Juris Bļodnieks’ old Chrysler Valiant “Slant Six” automobile – painted with anti-Soviet slogans and stored under a tarp for the last 25 years. A generation of U.S. Latvians remembers the car appearing in demonstrations across North America. 
 
This documentary is directed by Latvian American Māra Pelēce of Minneapolis, who for more than 20 years has worked as a documentary film director, creating documentaries about Latvians in exile:  “Between Latvias”, “Let’s Meet in Gaŗezers!”, and the series of short films “Trimda Dimd”. Latvian-Australian Marianna Auliciems is the producer and co-scriptwriter for the documentary and is the director of the “Latvians Abroad – Museum and Research Centre”. 

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ART EXHIBIT OPENING

Thursday, June 30, 2022

11:45-12:30
Landmark Center | North Gallery

Presentation Language: Latvian
 

Join us for the opening ceremony of the festival Art Exhibit - works of primarily North American Latvian artists, curated by Linda Treija and Māra Pelēce. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be free and open to the public throughout the festival in the historic Landmark Center’s North Gallery.

The exhibit will be open on June 29, June 30, and July 1 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, and on July 2 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

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SONG & DANCE FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY

Thursday, June 30, 2022

13:30-15:00
Intercontinental Hotel | Great River Ballroom

Darbības valoda: latviešu, angļu


"Welcome to Minnesota!"


The Opening Ceremony of the 15th Latvian Song & Dance Festival in the US will feature greetings from government officials of the US and Latvia, and from Latvian organizations worldwide. A midwest Latvian choir, and local folk ensembles, musicians, and folk dance groups will get the Festival underway with a variety of song and dance performances!

Image: IHG

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THEATER - "ANŠLAVS UN VERONIKA"

Friday, July 1, 2022

10:00-12:00

Saturday, July 2, 2022

13:00-15:00
 

Park Square Theater

Presentation Language: Latvian

The New San Francisco Theater presents “Anšlavs and Veronika” by playwright Raimonds Straprans, about the post-WWII Latvian intellectual couple: writer Anšlavs Eglītis and artist Veronika Janelsiņa. Although well-known in artistic circles at the time, this play promises new insights into the relationship of this dynamic duo, looking at their eventful lives with a touch of music and humor. The lead role of Anšlavs Eglītis will be portrayed by renowned Latvian stage and film actor Kaspars Znotiņš, who recently received the Order of the Three Stars, the highest civilian honor conferred by the Latvian government. 

WORSHIP SERVICE

Sunday, July 3, 2022

10:00-11:00
Landmark Center | Musser Cortile

Presentation Language: Latvian, English

Join us for an ecumenical Christian worship service led by various Latvian clergy from North America and featuring musical performances. 

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Image: Fresh Paint Inc.

LATVIAN ETHNIC DIEVTURI SERVICE CANCELLED

Sunday, July 3, 2022

10:00-11:00
Landmark Center | Butler Room

Presentation Language: Latvian

The North American Dievtuŗu community invites Festival attendees to join in a traditional ethnic spiritual gathering, including Latvian folk music.

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WRITERS' CIRCLE

Sunday, July 3, 2022

11:00-12:00
Landmark Center | Ramsey County Room

Presentation Language: Latvian

Northerners and Contemporary Latvian Writers: Writers' Circle. 

20th century Minnesota was home to a unique blend of Latvian authors and publishers. We highlight their literary voices in vivid visual and verbal combinations with Latvian authors whose 21st century writer's craft has expanded beyond traditional topics and means of expression.

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  • Looking to the Song Festival's 150th anniversary 

    • Thursday, June 30, 9:00-10:00

    • InterContinental Hotel | Governors III Room

Breakfast meeting hosted by the Latvian Song Festival Foundation in the U.S. and Song Festival Association in Canada to introduce events commemorating the 150th anniversary of Song Festivals in Latvia.  Program in Latvian.

  • LIAA: Become one of our country's brand ambassadors!

    • Thursday, June 30, 10:30-11:30

    • InterContinental Hotel | Governors III Room

Do you wish to spread the word about Latvia and work together with like-minded individuals to facilitate the growth of our country’s business environment, cultural industry, and education? Are you ready to share your expertise to make Latvia more visible all over the world?  We are pleased to invite you to a Breakfast Reception hosted by H.E. Mr Māris Selga, Ambassador of Latvia to the U.S., and Mr Kaspars Rožkalns, Director General of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia.  
Please, confirm your participation by June 20th by filling out this registration form. 

  • The Latvian Medical and Dental Association (LĀZA) Conference & Lunch 

    • Thursday, June 30, 12:30-16:00

    • InterContinental Hotel | Governors Room

 

  • Kursa Latvian Summer High School Social Hour

Calling all Kursa graduates, current students, parents, and other supporters! We'd like to welcome you to a casual meet-up before heading over to the Festival's Zaļumballe at 6:00pm. RSVP on Facebook

  • Latvian Foundation Happy Hour 

    • Thursday, June 30, 18:00-19:00

    • InterContinental Hotel

The Latvian Fraternity Association and its presiding fraternity Talavija invites fraternity members to meet in regalia.

Information:  Roberts Kukainis, email phone

  • Gathering of Latvian Center Garezers Supporters and Graduates

    • Friday, July 1, 17:00-19:00

    • Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6th Street & Wabasha

  • Global Society for Latvian Art

    • Saturday, July 2, 10:00-11:00

    • InterContinental Hotel | Governors III Room

  • Selga Corporation Student Lunch

    • Saturday, July 2, 11:00-13:00

    • InterContinental Hotel | Governors II Room

  • Celebrating Dr. Aina Galeja

    • Saturday, July 2, 19:30-21:00

    • InterContinental Hotel | Club InterContinental

Celebrating Dr. Aina Galeja - University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire scholarship recipients, friends, and supporters.

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