From 21 September until 19 December, the Level 5 exhibition hall at the Latvian National Library (NLL), will see a new exhibition The Return. The Oldest Surviving Book in Latvian, which launches a new multi-year series of NLL events – 500 Years of Latvian Books. The exhibition is an opportunity to see, in person, in Rīga, the oldest surviving book published in Latvian – the Catechism of Dutch Jesuit Petrus Canisius (1521–1597), translated into Latvian and published in 1585. In parallel with the exhibition opening, a Catalogue of the Rīga Jesuit College book collection, created by NLL bibliographers, will be unveiled.
In 2025, the 500th anniversary of Latvian books will be celebrated. Noting the meaning and influence of the written word in society through the centuries, the National Library of Latvia (NLL) is launching a series of events over several years entitled 500 Years of Latvian Books. This programme will be introduced by a new exhibition at the NLL – The Return. The Oldest Surviving Book in Latvian – which also covers the Jesuit Order and its activities in Latvia. This will be accompanied by a catalogue of the book collection of the Rīga Jesuit College reconstructed by NLL bibliographers will be opened.
On October 8, 2021, the National Library of Latvia and the Information and Documentation Terminology Subcommittee of the Terminology Committee of the Latvian Academy of Sciences will hold an annual terminology conference. The theme of this year's conference – "Interoperability of Data of Cultural Heritage Institutions in the Digital Space: Terminological Aspect". Conference will be held online on ZOOM platform.
With the last stage of the competition in Brussels (Belgium) and the international final conference, streamed live from Brussels and Riga (Latvia), the Erasmus + program project Debate Your Issue (DYI) has reached its end. The conference presented an overview of the project, its progress, lessons learned, as well as related topics such as civic activism, self-expression, critical thinking, youth work and the role of debate in promoting the above. The conference recording is available HERE.
Thanks to co-operation with the Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Latvia, the Baltic Sea Festival program will take place in the National Library of Latvia (NLL) for the third year in a row. On 18 September in Ziedonis Hall at 19.00 Swedish journalist Fredrik Vadström will talk to Latvian composer Raimonds Tiguls and Latvian writer Nora Iksten. At the end of the conversation at 20.00 in Ziedonis Hall we offer to watch and listen to a live broadcast from Stockholm – Handel's "Messiah" performed by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Radio Choir conducted by Reinhard Goebel on a large format screen. The conversation will be in English. Free entrance.
On 4 September, the National Library of Latvia (NLL) will present a Cultural Canon White Night programme. The event will be part of the annual contemporary White Night cultural forum, which this year is dedicated to the 120th Anniversary of Latvian poet Aleksandrs Čaks. From 20:30 to 23:30 the NLL will offer an outdoor cinema, a pop-up exhibition of handwritten poems by Aleksandrs Čaks, an exhibition dedicated to Latvian stage director Oļģerts Kroders and the opportunity to enjoy a view of nocturnal Riga vistas. Entrance to all events is free.
On Tuesday, September 7, from 10:00 to 13:00 CET the Final Conference of the Erasmus+ international youth debate project Debate Your Issue (DYI) will take place online from Brussels (Belgium). The project begun shortly before the global pandemic was announced – in early March 2020 – but, despite the fact that DYI was mostly virtual (debate trainings, lectures, discussions), a dynamic debate tournament was held in person this summer. Debate competitions have already taken place in Vilnius (Lithuania), Wroclaw (Poland), Novi Sad (Serbia), Riga (Latvia) and Prague (Czech Republic), and the closing one will happen this weekend (2–5 September) in Brussels.
An online conference – Localising the Sustainable Development Goals through Baltic museums and libraries – will be held on 23 and 24 September with the aim of strengthening museums and libraries as key local actors in promoting sustainable development through cultural heritage. The conference motto is Ask Your library! Ask Your museum! This reflects the commitment of libraries and museums to playing the roles of expert and public advisor on sustainable development issues. The conference is being organised by the Latvian Museum Association, the National Library of Latvia and the Library Association of Latvia, in cooperation with the Estonian and Lithuanian Museum and Librarians' Associations. The project is being implemented with the financial support of the UNESCO Participation Programme, marking thirty years since Latvia's accession to international organisations – the UN and UNESCO – whose activities are aimed at ensuring global peace and security and promoting sustainable development by facilitating transnational cooperation.
Eminent Latvian stage director Oļģerts Kroders would have turned 100 on 9 August. In honour of the artist, an exhibition dedicated to him – Es varētu būt bibliotekārs (I Could be a Librarian) – was opened at the National Library of Latvia (NLL), organised by the Valmiera Theatre in cooperation with the NLL, with the support of the Ministry of Culture. Utilising books, the exhibition reflects the director's era, his contemporaries, informative and emotional impressions. It features exhibits from Kroders' own library, the personal archives of Krišjānis Salmiņš and Evita Sniedze. Valmiera Theatre actor Krišjānis Salmiņš came up with the concept and the visual solution was designed by artist Anna Heinrihsone. The exhibition is open to all visitors until 9 October.
With a digital beginning in Lithuania, debate competition of the Erasmus+ project Debate Your Issue (DYI) has also successfully taken place in Poland, Serbia and Latvia. The project’s final stage is already half its way, and two more competitions – in the Czech Republic and Belgium, – and the final conference, await in the upcoming month.