Latvia

The Latvian “nightingale” Elfrīda Pakule

Historical sound recordings are treasures that, since the end of 19th century, inform us about musical life, about performers and about musical interpretation. We would like to tell you about one of the great 20th century Latvian opera voices, a coloratura soprano, whose recording legacy is a powerful witness to her remarkable voice.

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Freedom Monument celebrates Latvia’s independence

Guest blog by the National  Library of Latvia to celebrate Latvia’s Independence  Day on 18 November. People have always honoured their heroes – those who have wrought majestic accomplishments and been involved in great historical events – by building monuments to them. Monumental stones and words of gravitas ensure that powerful thoughts and uplifting accomplishments […]

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Latvia: Žaneta Jaunzeme-Grende

Arti­cle by Žaneta Jaunzeme-Grende, Minister for Culture: Latvian Song and Dance Celebration Tradition  During the 19th century, the tradition of public song celebration festivals as a European cultural phenomenon was born and spread as a patriotic movement, throughout several European countries, including the Baltic region. The first overall public celebration of songs took place in Latvia […]

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Images of Latvia through time

In time for November celebrations of Latvia’s Independence Day, the unique treasures of Latvia revealed in its majestic scenery, ancient castles, beautiful parks and its people, can be now discovered on Europeana. The recently-added collection Lost Latvia from the Latvian National Library opens access to over 18,000 drawings, postcards and photographs from the 19th century […]

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