Marking 500 years since the beginning of the Reformation and reflecting on the significant impact of early Lutheranism on the Latvian language and culture, an exhibition Luther. The Turn is open from 1 November in the National Library of Latvia (NLL). This means that Riga and Latvia, as part of national centenary celebrations is integrated into the international commemoration of Martin Luther and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The exhibition is being organised by the NLL in cooperation with the Strasbourg National and University Library (SNUL) and the Württemberg Land Library (WLL) in Stuttgart.
On 26 October at 18.00 the Latvian Association of Anthropologists, in collaboration with the National Library of Latvia and the Embassy of Armenia, is excited to invite you to the upcoming public talk "Everyone is at home: The Armenian tun (house) and its role in the making of Armenian identity" in our "Narrating the Human" series. The event will take place at Baltic Research Centre for East Asian Studies (ASIARES) Reading Room (Level M), National Library of Latvia. Free admission.
From 25 October to 26 November you are welcome to visit an exhibition of historic maps "Armenia in Old Maps: 6th Century BC – 20th Century" at the National Library of Latvia (Conference Centre, level -1). The exhibition is a co-project of the Embassy of Armenia and the National Library of Latvia. Free admission.
From 26 October, the "Print Workshop" ("Melnās mākslas darbnīca"), exhibiting a variety of printing techniques, will be held in the ground-floor exhibition hall of the National Library of Latvia (NLL). For the first time in Latvia it will be possible to see and try out different printing presses – from a 19th century Boston printing press to a modern-day three-dimensional (3D) printer manufactured in Latvia. Entry is free.
The Embassy of Japan in Latvia invites you to the ikebana demonstration of one of the most characteristic ikebana styles - Ikenobo and ikebana and Japanese sumie ink painting workshops. The demonstration and workshops will be conducted by Ms. Midori Yamada, Head of Ikenobo branch in CIS countries. For details, please see the description below.
From 11 July till 20 August you are warmly welcome to the illustrations exhibition of books by the famous Italian writer Emilio Salgari (1862–1911) "From the Shores of Po River till the Shores of Daugava" – at the Conference Centre (level -1) of the National Library of Latvia. Free entrance.
The National Library of Latvia (NLL) is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition "A Scenic Journey from Dzerbene to Sicily. Karl Gotthard Grass" at 16.00 on 11 July in the ground floor exhibition hall. The life and creative work of Baltic German artist and writer Carl Gotthard Grass (1767-1814) recall the unbridled enthusiasm of the Enlightenment's efforts – which also in reverberated in Vidzeme – to confirm Europe's cultural-historical unity and of Latvian culture's traditional place in that rich cultural space. The exhibition will be open until 24 September. Entrance is free.
From June 2017, the National Library of Latvia (NLL) is offering a new discovery service "Primo" that provides possiblity to search within library created Catalogues, online subscription databases and open access resources, simultaneously. The NLL is introducing "Primo" in partnership with the "Ex Libris-ProQuest" company and the Cultural Information System Centre.
The exhibition "Baltic Tale" will be unveiled on 11 June at 13.00 in the Atrium (level 7) of the National Library of Latvia. The exhibition will show book illustrations from three young artists - Ulla Saar (Estonia), Elīna Brasliņa (Latvia) and Lina Itagaki (Lithuania). Free admission.
The exhibition "Sound in Signs" from 16 June until 1 October, 2017, in the National Library's of Latvia level I exhibition halls. The exhibition makes it possible to trace the progress of musical notation over centuries, transcribing sonic phenomena into notation symbols. Free admission.