Cultural Programme

#mindpower: Rainis and Aspazija end their video journey in Romania

With the end of the first Latvian Presidency of the EU Council, the half-year-long trip through Europe of the #mindpower short film project dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Latvian poets Rainis...

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Whistlers

Ancient Latvians used svilpaunieks in spring to shoo away the bad and call the good birds to help with the crop harvest in the autumn. Let the song of svilpaunieks blow away your worries and bring in luck and happiness not only in spring but in every day of your life!

I've always loved the cheerful and busy activity of little birds. I hope my svilpaunieks will bring joy and positive memories about Latvia - the green country rich with bird songs.

Svilpaunieks is so much more than a design item as traditionally both form and function of the whistle matter. I've always stressed the significance of every person's uniqueness, thus, I hope every person will find a svilpaunieks unique to them.

God took clay and created human. Ancient Latvian in-between making clay pots created svilpaunieks - just to brighten up someone's day. And to this day we still do it. Is it a tradition? Certainly! But it's also a reminder not to forget to be happy while doing the important things!

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