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Latvia/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.5 Cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation

During recent years, the government has initiated several trans-national culture co-operation projects. In 2005, the festival Étonnante Lettonie took place in France; in 2007, a festival Un Printemps Français took place in Latvia for a period of 3 months and included more than 90 events.

In 2006 Latvia participated at the International Culture days in Dortmund (Germany). The Culture Month of Germany in Latvia took place in 2008, receiving more than 300 German artists. A similar cooperation project with Russia took place during the years 2007-2008 (see chapter 3.4.2).

These events, initiated in the framework of a political agenda, were substantially supported by the Ministry of Culture. However, the overall management and marketing of the events involved numerous cultural organisations, built new partnerships and drew large audiences, thus serving as a good marketing campaign for culture in general.

In 2014, Riga is European Capital of Culture and in 2015 Latvia will take over the Presidency of the EU.

There are no special government programmes to support specific transnational activities of young people or youth groups. For information about co-operation within the Baltic Sea region see chapter 3.4.2 and chapter 3.4.3.

For more information, see our Intercultural Dialogue section.

Chapter published: 08-10-2014

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