Latvian culture as part of European cultural diversity is the priority of international cultural policy in 2014.
3.4.1 Overview of main structures and trends
The main institutional structures involved in the processes of international cultural co-operation are The Ministry of Culture, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Latvian Institute.
The cultural policy document "Creative Latvia 2014-2020" sets the following priorities in the field of international cooperation:
- to secure international cooperation and competitiveness in the cultural and cultural heritage sectors; and
- to establish a positive image of Latvia with the help of cultural diplomacy.
Latvia takes active participation in international organisations and networks, such as UNESCO, the Council of Europe, ICOMOS, ICCROM, ICOM, NEMO etc. Artistic mobility is also mentioned in cultural policy documents as one of the important aspects of international collaboration and it is secured with mobility grants from the Culture Capital Foundation and participation in the Nordic-Baltic Mobility programme (see chapter 3.4.2).
The Ministry of Culture has signed agreements with several non-governmental organisations (The Latvian Literature Centre, The Music Information Centre, The New Theatre Institute of Latvia, The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art etc.), delegating to these institutions the organisation of Latvia's representation at big international events such as the Venice Biennial of Art, Venice Biennial of Architecture, San Paulo Biennial of Art, MIDEM, Frankfurt Book Fair etc.
In recent years, the Ministry of Culture has developed large bilateral cooperation programmes – representative festivals: "L'éttonante Lettonie" (Latvian Cultural Days in France, 2005), "En Printemps Français" (French Cultural Days in Latvia, 2007), German Cultural Month (2008), Latvian Cultural Season in Russia (2007-2008) and a Russian Cultural Season in Latvia (2008).
In 2014, the priority of international cultural policy is Latvian culture as part of European cultural diversity. It will be implemented through two major projects: Riga as European Cultural Capital in 2014 and preparation in the field of culture and cultural policy for Latvia as President of the European Union in 2015.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sets foreign policy priorities in its Annual Report (see website of the Ministry). Culture is an integral part of foreign policy.
The Latvian Institute (http://www.li.lv/) int. al. offers special assistance to international journalists, editors, producers, researchers and other professionals.
Considerable international cultural co-operation is also undertaken in the non-governmental sector in Latvia. Individuals and organisations co-operate through networks, co-operation projects as well as through personal contacts.
See also chapter 3.4.2.
Chapter published: 08-10-2014