Patronages of the President of Latvia Egils Levits
THE BIG CLEANUP DAY
On 21 August 2019, President of Latvia met with the organisers of the Big Cleanup Day and announced his first patronage – of clean and sustainable Latvia. President became the Patron of the Big Cleanup. In his video message published shortly before the last year’s World Cleanup Day on 21 September, President of Latvia Egils Levits invited everyone to take part in the World Cleanup Day and plant their ‘Tree of Happiness’ for the future of Latvia and the world.
The Big Cleanup is the largest volunteer movement in Latvia. Anyone can volunteer and take part in cleaning, revitalisation and improving of the environment, and thus spread solidarity, positivity and feeling of satisfaction in a job well done. Since launching of campaign in 2008, each spring volunteers come together to pick litter across Latvia and implement many other environmental improvements. Around 500,000 people have taken part in the Big Cleanup activities since its launch 11 years ago.
The idea of the Big Cleanup, inspired by Estonia, was introduced by writer Anna Žīgure. Estonia organised its first national cleanup campaign on 3 May 2008. In 2008, to mark the 90th anniversary of their statehood, all three Baltic countries urged their residents to give a gift to their country – help clean it up. First national tidy-up campaigns and broad public support in all three Baltic countries inspired the Estonian volunteer movement to scale up its campaign to international level. Let’s Do it world! foundation was launched on 15 September 2018 with the first World Cleanup Day. 158 countries, and around 18 million people, took part in the first campaign. All participants received Let’s Do it world! global excellence badge. In 2019, during the second World Cleanup Day on 21 September, Latvia decided to inspire the world by planting the Trees of Happiness for future generations.
More information: www.talkas.lv
LATVIA AND POLAND: 100 YEARS OF SOUVEREGNITY
Marking the 100 years of sovereignty of Latvia and Poland, President of Latvia Egils Levits and President of Poland Andrzej Duda have become patrons of ‘There has always been a perfect understanding between Warsaw and Riga…’, an open-air photo exhibition opened on 29 November 2019, and international academic conference ‘Poland-Latvia: 100 years of diplomatic and military relations’, held on 17 January 2020 in Warsaw (Poland). Presidents of both countries sent letters of congratulations to participants and visitors of both events. Exhibition and conference were a part of the public diplomacy programme of Latvia’s centennial celebrations.
RIGA WAGNER HALL
In appreciation of exceptional contribution of composer Richard Wagner to Latvian, German and world’s culture and history, President of Latvia Egils Levits has accepted the invitation of Riga Richard Wagner Society to become the Patron of Riga Wagner Hall. President has met with the Chair of the Riga Richard Wagner Society, Māris Gailis, to discuss the progress of Wagner house reconstruction project. During President’s visit to Munich on 13-16 February 2020, Egils Levits also met with non-governmental actors to discuss the possible reconstruction of Riga Wagner Hall.
Mission of the Riga Richard Wagner society, founded in late 2014, is to reconstruct the Richard Wagner Opera Theater House in Riga on 4 Richard Wagner Street. After renovation, house will have new theatre hall, which can be used for chamber music performance and theatre productions. It will also house the Riga Richard Wagner Museum. Society seeks to promote the works and life of Richard Wagner and support the scholarship programme envisaged by Richard Wagner himself.
More information: www.vagneriga.lv
XII LATVIAN YOUTH SONG AND DANCE CELEBRATION
Celebrating Latvia’s rich cultural heritage and unique song and dance festival traditions, President of Latvia has become the Patron of the 12th National Youth Song and Dance Celebration.
XII Latvian Youth Song and Dance Celebration was scheduled for 6-12 July 2020. Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of Covid-19 virus, festival has been moved to 5-11 July 2021.
Latvian Youth Song and Dance Celebration is the largest children and youth culture and art event in Latvia, and festivals are held once every five years – between Nationwide Song and Dance Celebrations. The previous, 11th Latvian Youth Song and Dance Celebration, took place in July of 2015, and it was attended by more than 38,000 children and young people from all over Latvia.
More information: www.nacgavilet.lv
LATVIA’S SCOUTS AND GUIDES
To support civically engaged and patriotic youngsters, President of Latvia Egils Levits has agreed to become the Honorary President of all scouts and guides in Latvian Scout and Guide Central Organisation (LSGCO).
Scout and guide movement is an informal educational movement for young people that works alongside schools and families. The purpose of movement is to contribute to the development of young people as responsible citizens of their countries and the planet. It promotes self-reliance, inquisitiveness, sense of discovery and urge to learn. LSGCO is a member of WOSM, the World Organization of the Scout Movement and WAGGGS, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
More information: www.skauti.lv
MUSEUM OF THE OCCUPATION OF LATVIA
President of Latvia Egils Levits and First Lady Andra Levite visited the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia on 29 November 2019. Valters Nollendorfs, Chairman of the Board of the Museum, gave President and the First Lady a tour of Museum’s temporary exhibition. They also met with museum staff and members of the Latvian Occupation Museum Society. In appreciation of the role of the Museum and the Society in preserving Latvia’s historical memory, President Levits agreed to become the Patron of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia.
Museum of the Occupation of Latvia is a private museum in Riga run and funded by the Latvian Occupation Museum Society. Its exhibition focuses on 50-year long history of Latvia during its occupation from 1940 to 1991.
More information: www.okupacijasmuzejs.lv