1. Cultural policy
Cultural policy profile
Cultural policy profile of Latvia in 7 thematic chapters, including additional information and resources:
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
- Diplomatic Representation of the Government of Flanders in Latvia
Diplomatic Representation of the Government of Flanders in Poland and in the Baltic States
Dhr. Thomas Castrel
3. About funding, cooperation and information centers
– Funding and cooperation
- Valsts kultūrkapitāla fonds (State Culture Capital Foundation – SCCF): aim is to promote a balanced development of creativity in all the branches of art and preservation of the cultural heritage in the country in conjunction with the guidelines of the state cultural policy.
- Latvian Foundation (LF): it’s mission is to preserve Latvian heritage by providing grants to educational or cultural projects which maintain Latvian identity.
- EUNIC member: Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA): works to increase export and competitiveness of Latvian companies, facilitate foreign investment and implement tourism development and innovation policies.
- Creative Europe desk
- 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.
- Latvia Trade Union Federation of people engaged in cultural activities (LKDAV): the major union for individuals active in arts and culture. LKDAV is a member of UNI-MEI and of FIA, and takes part in the Dance Passport Scheme.
- TransArtists: Overview of residencies in Latvia, all disciplines.
– 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.
- Artists’ Union of Latvia: The Union is based in Riga and advocates for visual artists in Latvia. It is a member of IAA / AIAP.
- more visual art organisations
- Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center
- KIM? Contemporary Art Center
- Riga Art Space
- ISSP Photography Gallery
- RIXC, Center for New Media Culture
- Noass, Art Center
- Artist run space 427
- Māksla XO Art Gallery
- Alma Art Gallery
- Bastejs Art Gallery
- LOOK gallery
- Outside Riga: Pedvale Art Park
- Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA)
– 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.
- Latvian Centre of ITI: Contacts of the representatives of ITI in Latvia.
- Music Theatre: The Latvian National Opera and Ballet (LNOB) represents music theatre in Latvia.
- 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.
- 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.
- Music Festivals Overview: Two websites provide comprehensive overviews of Latvian music and music festivals.
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.