The 500 years of Latvian Books set of events began in 2021 with a number of think tanks in which historians, publishing-sector experts, heads of cultural institutions, lecturers and researchers participated. The 500th anniversary of publishing is a branched collaboration between numerous sectors, institutions and people.
5 January 2022 was the 200th anniversary of the first Latvian-language newspaper Latviesu Avīzes being issued in Jelgava, by the Steffenhägen publishing house. Marking this significant event, an exposition dedicated to Latviešu Avīzes will be on display at the Ģ. Eliass Jelgava Museum of History and Art.
A special 500 years of Latvian Books section is being created on the Latvian Library portal, as well as an interactive map of reference points in the history of publishing. It will compile the most vivid stories about historic books and bookstores, about writers and cultural figures, and other important events in the history of publishing in Latvia’s regions. The map is being created by responsive libraries and researchers from all over Latvia. We invite you to join in by writing to the portal’s editors: email@example.com.
In order to address and involve as broad a cross-section of the public as possible, a think tank– a creative group of like-minded people – led by National Library of Latvia Director Andris Vilks was established for the 500 years of Latvian Books programme. Think tank participants are professionals from various sectors, as well as managers of Latvian cultural institutions. The workshops were held on 24 August 2021 and 26 April 2022. Seminars for cultural institutions on the development and implementation of the 500 years of Latvian Books programme were held on 21 September 2021 and 27 March 2022.
Deductions heard at think tank meetings.
The first word written down in Latvian is a huge turning point on the way to becoming a nation and a national state.
The viability of the Latvian nation is based on the written word and our literary heritage. The written word is enduring and viable throughout time.
Books and the written word are cultural phenomena. Every person has at least one book which means very much to them.