The Opening week of the National Library of Latvia

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Photo: Ieva Lūka, LETA
Photo: Ieva Lūka, LETA
Photo: Ieva Lūka, LETA
Photo: Ieva Lūka, LETA

On 25 August, the opening week of the National Library of Latvia – the Castle of Light began! It will end with the Day of Regions on 28 August, the Inauguration Ceremony and public gathering event – "Salasīšanās" – on 29 August.

"I am glad that since the commissioning of the new library building, the team of the library has taken care about the library's content and its values, by making open, creative space for human spiritual growth. The Castle of Light is not only a gift from world-famous Latvian architect Gunnar Birkerts to his native country, but a building of a national importance, which was constructed in independent Latvia, and is an important national symbol," highlighted the Minister of Culture of Latvia, Dace Melbārde.

Throughout the summer, a wide audience had a possibility to get acquainted with the new library building, use its reading rooms, as well as to visit exhibitions. Full-scale service for readers will be launched in September, when the National Library of Latvia will be equipped with all the necessary supplies.

"The Chain of Book Lovers, which happened on 18 January, 2014, we consider as a first part of a trilogy called "The Opening of the Castle of Light". It will conclude on this Friday, 29 August, with honoring all the people who have participated in, and supported the bringing-to-reality the library's project for 25 years! In cooperation with the Latvian National Library Foundation we will reveal the Wall of Supporters, we will receive several unique and valuable gifts, hear premieres of different new musical compositions, welcome around 100 foreign guests, including the family of Birkerts, UNESCO delegation, representatives from 17 foreign National Libraries, the leaders of the global umbrella organization of libraries – IFLA etc.," said the director of the National Library of Latvia – Andris Vilks.

On 28 August, everyone will have a possibility to meet almost 500 participants of the Day of Regions. The Castle of Light will be a stage for all Latvian regions and their cultural expressions.

On 29 August the official Inauguration Ceremony of the building will be held. A special event "Salasīšanās" (in Latvian the word is polysemantic – it involves two meanings – gathering and reading) will be dedicated to it. It will happen at the facade of the building, where everybody is invited to participate. "We want to create the same emotional tone, which we felt during the Chain of Book Lovers. "Salasīšanās" will happen outside the building, in front of it, side by side, shoulder to shoulder with a view to one of the biggest books (two large LED TV screens) in history of Latvia," Gatis Mūrnieks, the creative director of the National Library of Latvia.

Partners of the opening events of the National Library of Latvia: The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, "Latvijas dzelzceļš", "Latvenergo", "Virši A", "Laima" and Latvian National LIbrary Foundation.


Augusts Zilberts
Public Relations Specialist
National Library of Latvia
Phone: +371 26472501