To commemorate 100 years since Latvia declared its independence the Kalamazoo Latvian Association has been working with the College of Fine Arts to hold a Latvian Centennial Arts celebration at Western Michigan University with lectures on Latvian art, literature and music, concerts and exhibits. The weekend has received support from the Ministry of Culture of Latvia.

Though most of the events are free please register here. Payments for the dinner at the Latvian Center can be made at the door or you can pay online here.

Click on the titles for abstracts and information about the speakers as well as works you will hear at the concerts.

Program

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2018
Saturday, March 24th
12:00 PM

Registration

Kalamazoo Latvian Association

Richmond Center for Visual Arts - Atrium

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Signs for Those Seeking Light

Rita Grendze

Richmond Center for Visual Arts - Atrium

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Treasures of Latvia

American Latvian Association

Richmond Center for Visual Arts - Atrium

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

12:30 PM

Welcome and Introduction

Maira Bundza, Western Michigan University

Richmond Center for Visual Arts - Room 2008

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

12:45 PM

Latvia Lately: Recent Contemporary Art and Its Institutions

Mark A. Svede, Ohio State University - Main Campus

Richmond Center for Visual Arts - Room 2008

12:45 PM - 1:45 AM

2:00 PM

Generations of Latvian Artists in North America: Similarities and Differences

Linda Treija, American Latvian Artists' Association

Richmond Center for Visual Arts - Room 2008

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

3:15 PM

Queer and Transgender Representation in Latvian Émigré Literary Culture

Kārlis Vērdiņš, Washington University in St. Louis

Richmond Center for Visual Arts - Room 2008

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

6:00 PM

Dinner

Kalamazoo Latvian Association

Kalamazoo Latvian Center - 100 Cherry Hill St. Kalamazoo, MI 49006

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Sharing our Stories: The Baltic Diaspora at Home in Canada.

Estonian Studies Center, Toronto

Kalamazoo Latvian Center - 100 Cherry Hill St. Kalamazoo, MI 49006

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

7:30 PM

Concert - Juris Ķeniņš, cello; Gunta Laukmane, piano

Juris Ķeniņš, Canadian Music Centre
Gunta Laukmane, Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo Latvian Center - 100 Cherry Hill St. Kalamazoo, MI 49006

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Sunday, March 25th
1:00 PM

You Probably Know a Latvian Musician

Juris Ķeniņš, World Federation of Free Latvians Cultural Fund

Richmond Center for Visual Arts - Room 2008

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

2:30 PM

Pre-Latvian concert talk

Juris Ķeniņš, Canadian Music Centre

Richmond Center for Visual Arts - Room 2008

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

3:00 PM

Latvian Centennial Concert - WMU University Chorale and University Symphony Orchestra

School of Music, Western Michigan University

Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM