A day for Latvia in Dublin

On 30th April and 1st May a number of cultural events were held in the city center

1st May is in Latvia a celebration, both as Labour Day and as an historic day because of the convocation of the constitutional assembly (in 1920). People from Latvia living in Ireland gathered in Dublin on 30th April and 1st May to mark these dates with a number of initiatives. On the morning of April 30th the Minister of Culture, Dace Melbārde, met the Latvian community in Ireland, then a creative workshop for the Latvian youth in Ireland took place.

During the afternoon, participants attended an interesting public seminar for Latvian leaders and associations, with a remarkable debate about a number of issues related to the life and activity of the Baltic community in Ireland. Later it was the moment for the Latvian dream theatrical performance, by the Pavillion amateur theatre group (based on Agnese Bules work fragments). The Czech Inn (Essex Gate, Dublin) has hosted a Latvian musical evening. On 1st May the Latvian community in Ireland met again at House Square, Temple Bar (Dublin 2) for the May festival and spring market, live performances, market stalls and games took place, followed by a dance evening with a folk group from Latvia, ‘Dimanta Sisters at Czech Inn.

Latvia experienced, in recent decades, economic trends that were similar to those known in Ireland: between 2004 and 2007 the small state was often called ‘Baltic Tiger’ (Ireland had already been called ‘Celtic Tiger’ since a few years) because of its fast growing economy, but also Latvia went down the path of a deep crisis after the impressing economic growth, therefore having to negotiate a loan with the Fmi. However by 2010 Latvian economy was improving again, showing an impressive 4,2 per cent in 2013 (that year this was the higher growth pace among European countries). Even tough this trend slowed in 2014 and 2015, it nonetheless continued to grow well above 2 per cent. In 2014 Latvia entered the Eurozone (the eighteenth country doing so). The geographical position of this small country, along with many steps taken to boost innovation and in favor of the educational sector, ensures that institutional and economic exchanges with the other Nordic and European countries (both with long time members of EU and states that recently entered the common market) place Latvia at the center of cooperation between ‘East’ and ‘West’ in many fields of international economy and culture.