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  • Week’s fastest-selling US classical album is from Latvia
    02.07.2013 | 
    Bursting into the Nielsen sales charts this week at number two is an Ondine recording of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, sung by the Latvian Radio Choir. It sold 815 copies – 730 CDs, 85 downloads – outdone only by Decca’s Benedictine monks with 2,060. Third in the charts was Cecilia Bartoli’s Norma. Source: artJournalBlog – Slipped disk
  • Karosta Prison can make anyone feel like a prisoner
    02.07.2013
    Latvia’s Karosta Prison was used as a Nazi and Soviet military prison for most of the 20th century. Hundreds of prisoners are said to have died here, many of them shot in the head. Nowadays the nightmarish facility has been transformed in a prison-themed hotel where guests can sign an agreement to be treated like actual inmates.
  • Latvia SINGS! You are welcome to join in !
    25.06.2013 | 
    Latvia SINGS !You are welcome to join in ! If you are in Riga from the 30th of June to the 7th of July, you have a historic opportunity to be part of the Latvian Song and Dance Celebration which takes place every 5 years.
  • Riga Radio and TV Tower hopes to be visited by 200,000 tourists annually
    10.06.2013 | 
    LETA
    The state-owned joint-stock company "Latvijas Valsts radio un televizijas centrs" (LVRTC) hopes to attract LVL 7 million from European Union funds during the next financial period in order to reconstruct the Riga Radio and TV Tower, "Dienas Bizness" writes today.
  • Record numbers visit Latvian pavilion at Venice Biennale
    10.06.2013 | 
    LETA
    Since opening May 31st, Latvia's national pavilion and its exposition "North by Northeast" at the 55th Venice Biennale has been visited by more than 13,000 people so far, including leading curators, art critics, patrons of the arts and artists from around the world.
  • "Gors" regional concert hall opens in Rezekne
    10.06.2013 | 
    Nozare.lv
    Construction company "Arcers" has completed for inspection the regional multifunctional arts center/concert hall "Gors", also known as the Embassy of Latgale, "Arcers" representative Zane France told the "Nozare.lv" business portal.
  • Beach for everyone!
    07.06.2013
    On the 19th of May on Kauguri beach a „Beach for everyone” was opened, and it is the first beach for the people with special needs in Jūrmala!
  • Positivus festival announces "Red Bull Music Academy" stage programme
    30.05.2013 | 
    Positivus
    This year Positivus festival will host the fifth annual Red Bull Music Academy stage,first time located at the beach. The Red Bull Music Academy stage will feature some of the best international and Baltic acts, such as U.K.’s MJ Cole, Jack Beats and Riton, B.Bravo from the U.S., Poland’s KAMP! and Kwazar as well as Baltic performers DJ Rapa, OYT, Halfbrother, ELVI/DUNIAN and many more.
  • Latvia Q1 Hotel Stays Increase Year on Year
    30.05.2013 | 
    According to recently released data from the Central Statistics Bureau (CSB) Q1 hotel stays in Latvia grew by 5.9%. Foreign visitors increased by some 9.3%, while Latvian guests grew slightly less substantially. Some 300,000 plus hotel stays were recorded in the report.
  • "Riga Bourse" Museum wins special jury prize
    30.05.2013 | 
    LETA
    At a ceremony Saturday in the Gaelic-Roman Museum in Belgium, the "Riga Bourse" Art Museum was honored with a special jury prize at the European Museums Annual Award.