November 2020 saw the launch of intensive online training in the art of debate in the partner countries of the Erasmus+ youth debate project Debate Your Issue. Young people in Serbia will soon join their peers in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Project partners received applications from more than 300 young Europeans, half of whom have been accorded the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed by debaters taking on diverse and socio-political issues. The training is scheduled to run until spring 2021, and will be followed by an international competition and a closing conference*.
Wednesday 13 January, from 10:00 to 14:30, will see the conference X stunda. Barikādēm 30 (X Hour. 30th Anniversary of the Barricades) marking this significant anniversary of the January 1991 Barricades. It will feature active participants in those Barricades, members of the People's Front, former representatives of the government and the Supreme Soviet, looking back at the events of January 1991 and reviewing, in the main, topics not widely discussed previously: preparations for the Barricades and the media's role as messenger. At the same time, the conference will consider those people who, led by their own initiative, unselfishly supported the Barricades.
The National Library of Latvia (NLL) is closed to visitors on public holidays, on Maintenance days and during diplomatic events.
From 10 November till 6 December 2020 an exhibition Icons – an Exhibition About the Right to Exist – will take place at the National Library of Latvia (Conference Centre lobby, Level -1). Free entrance.
On Tuesday, 3 November, at 15:00 religious studies scholar Michael Strmiska will give a public talk titled Why Latvian Higher Education and Latvian Society Need Religious Studies. The event will take place online. To attend the event online, please register HERE. The link to the event Zoom session will be sent via e-mail, as well as made available on the Facebook page 30 min before the start.
Due to the increase in the prevalence of COVID-19, the National Library of Latvia (NLL) informs that a face mask is mandatory in the NLL from 13 October. This rule must be observed by any visitor who has reached the age of 13.
From 9 October till 1 November at the Conference Centre (Level -1) of the National Library of Latvia an exhibition Connecting Livonian Coast and Gotland will be displayed. Author – photographer Jānis Mednis. The main idea is to bring together both connected and unique cultures and ensure a virtual cultural journey between the two shores in time and space. Free entrance.
From 8 October, an exhibition Boriss Bērziņš. Pages (Boriss Bērziņš. Lapaspuses), will be open in the Level 4 gallery of the National Library of Latvia (NLL). It is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the artist Boriss Bērziņš (1930–2002) and will feature unusual artefacts from his extensive heritage in the collection of the Latvian National Museum of Art. On display are the artist’s drawings and sketches in books, magazines, on reproductions, flyers, envelopes and other carriers of everyday information and texts. The exhibition is open until 5 September 2021. Entrance is free.
From 18 September, an exhibition Archive of Lines. Drawings and Watercolours in the NLL Graphic Art Collection (Līniju arhīvs. Zīmējums un akvarelis Latvijas Nacionālās bibliotēkas krājumā) will be staged in Level 4 gallery of the National Library of Latvia (NLL). The exhibition continues the series of exhibitions dedicated to graphic art techniques, this time presenting 15-20th century drawings and watercolours by foreign artists. The works have been selected from the 850-item collection of Western European drawings, which is part of the NLL's collection of foreign graphic art and represents the bestowment the Library received from German art historian and collector Peter Böttger. The exhibition is open until 26 September, 2021. Entrance is free.