Regional culture festival dedicated to Latvia’s Centenary to take place in Ireland
A regional culture festival in Europe dedicated to Latvia’s Centenary will take place in Ireland from April 28 to May 1, offering visitors an opportunity to participate in a unique event starting the Way of Latvian Flag initiative, the European Latvian Association (ELA) announced.
A Latvian national flag woven specially for the centenary celebrations and a book of messages will travel to the Latvian people around the world before the Centenary of Latvia. The flag will arrive in Ireland from Canada.
The culture festival in Ireland will feature various master-classes and building a replica of Latvia’s iconic Freedom Monument from various natural materials. For the first time, the festival will include the White Tablecloth celebration, which will symbolically launch the official centenary celebrations in Europe.
The festival’s program also includes the presentation of a story quilt of Ireland’s Latvians. After the culture festival in Ireland, the story quilt will travel to Latvia where textile artist Janta Meza will stitch it to the Story Quilt of Latvians from all over the world.
Other events planned as part of the culture festival include a night of Latvian music at the Czech Inn, choir and dance rehearsals, an ELA seminar, crafts fairs, a festive procession and a gala concert. The festival will end with a church service.