Latvia / Letland

1. Cultural policy

Cultural policy profile

Cultural policy profile of Latvia in 7 thematic chapters, including additional information and resources:


Ministry of Culture

2. Official representations

Representation of Latvia in Belgium

Embassy of the Republic of Latvia
Sanita KRŪMIŅA, Assistant to the Ambassador
Avenue des Arts 23, 1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 2383 236

Representation of Flanders in Latvia

3. About funding, cooperation and information centers

– Funding and cooperation

  • Latvian Foundation (LF): it’s mission is to preserve Latvian heritage by providing grants to educational or cultural projects which maintain Latvian identity.

– Information

  • Information overview on the OTM country page: On the Move is the cultural mobility information network, providing information and knowledge for artists and cultural professionals active across borders. On this page, you can find all current calls related to the country as well as the latest version of the Cultural Mobility Funding Guide – and more.
  • Ars Baltica: Focused on cultural cooperation around the Baltic Sea, Ars Baltica provides country profiles for all 11 countries. Find your way to further information about film, literature, music, visual arts and performing arts in Latvia!. “Cross-sectional” contains general information about projects, programmes and institutions that are dedicated to different fields of arts and culture.
  • Digital Culture Map of Latvia: This portal of the Ministry of Culture presents all cultural centres, galleries, cultural education institutions and more. It can be automatically translated in English for greater accessibility.
  • Latvian Academy of Culture (LAC): an interdisciplinary higher education institution of culture and arts and a centre for cultural research, artistic work and creative entrepreneurship.

4. Other information portals and platforms

– All disciplines

  • Culturelab / cultural policy: an independent, non-governmental organization, founded in 2005 in Latvia. Culturelab is aiming to promote individual and community development through arts and cultural activities, creative and innovative use of cultural resources – both physical assets as well opportunities in cultural engagement.

– Visual arts

  • Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art LCCA: consists of a reading room, a digital collection and an extensive database of research materials. The research results in exhibitions, publications, discussions, seminars and educational programmes. LCCA is also a repository of information about local and international contemporary art processes and provides access to a broad range of archival materials and literature. Since 1993, it gathers information about artists, exhibitions and events, including – reproductions of artworks, photographs, videos, publications, etc.

– Performing arts

  • New Theatre Institute of Latvia (NTIL): active in the field of contemporary performing arts and organises the International Festival of Contemporary Theatre Homo Novus. NTIL also produces and presents projects and long term collaboration programmes together with local and international partners.
  • Latvian Dance Information Center (LDIC): a non-governmental organization, established to promote the development of professional dance in Latvia through enhancing the interest of the society, facilitating international exchanges, and raising analytic discussions about dance processes.
  • ASSITEJ Latvia: Latvian branch of the performing arts association for children and young audiences.
  • Through the Latvian Dance information centre and the New Theatre Institute of Latvia, all dance and performing arts organisations of the country are well in sight.

– Music

  • Latvian National Music Council (LNMC): a non-profit organisation established in 2001. Mission of the organisation is to promote values of music in society, consolidate and activate the musical scene in Latvia, with its full diversity.
  • Latvian Music Information Centre LMIC: provides information not only on Latvian composers and their works, but also on the Latvian music scene. The Centre facilitates contacts between foreign and Latvian music institutions, composers, performing artists, music publishers and the media. The LMIC takes care of Latvia’s representation at international music exhibitions and fairs.
  • Music Latvia: the Music export office of Latvia, member of EMEE.

5. Regional organisations

  • Easttopics: a non-profit initiative dedicated to the promotion of the Eastern European contemporary art field. This cross-border project takes form as an expanding on-line website and database focusing on the following countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
  • Organisation internationale of la Francophonie (OIF): The Francophonie is also an institution, dedicated since 1970 to promoting the French language and political, educational, economic and cultural cooperation among the 88 member countries of the OIF, among which support for Cultural Diversity. Latvia has an observer member status.
  • CEC ArtsLink: advocates and supports transnational cultural mobility and collaboration, empowering artists and arts leaders to engage communities in dialogue and creative projects for a more equitable, compassionate, and sustainable world. In many of its funding programmes, it connects the USA with European and Asian countries.
  • The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC): a governmental initiative which brings together national authorities, practitioners from cultural and creative industries (CCI) and experts. It works towards a stronger, more competitive and more resilient CCI sector that contributes significantly to the sustainable development of the Northern Dimension region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation and Sweden).
  • Baltic Culture Fund: promotes cultural cooperation between Baltic States, in order to strengthen the internationalisation of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian culture through joint cultural events.
  • Baltic Nordic Circus Network (BNCN): a collaborative network of 20 circus arts organisations in the Baltic and Nordic countries. BNCN organises activities which aim to support the circus field in the Baltic-Nordic countries at large. From workshops to seminars to international residencies – for both artists and industry professionals focus on skills development, best practice, increased knowledge and cooperation as well as cultural and national identity.