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  • Juris Kenins to represent the Baltic States in the global final of the Bacardi Legacy in Sydney, Australia
    that was accompanied with a highly interactive social media activity promotional campaigns at Embassy s and bespoke gift sets and master classes The Baltic final of the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition was truly amazing I was impressed with the standards from all three Baltic countries It was definitely more than I expected Last time I came to the Baltic s to Riga three years ago In those three years the level of bartenders from all of the three countries has raised I saw that the competitors put a lot of passion in making and presenting their cocktails It was a really tough decision to make because all of the finalists were so good It was a really close competition In the Bacardi Legacy competition it is not all about making a cocktail and its presentation it is also about the marketing aspect of it and the fact that the winner has to represent their country in the Bacardi Legacy world championships taking place in May in Australia These were all the aspects the jury had to bear in mind Juris Kenins from Latvia was the overall winner because his cocktail was tasty and he had a good and targeted marketing campaign He thought carefully what his drink meant and had a well composed story behind it said the member of the international jury Bacardi Brand Ambassador Richard Hunt I m truly delighted to have been chosen to represent the Baltic States in Sydney Bartenders from the Baltic States are indeed of a world class calibre and we should take a lot of pride in this stated Kenins who the Baltic Times spoke with at The Left Door Bar in the prestigious Art Nouveau district of Riga on posh Antonijas iela where he is currently employed where you can sip your cocktail in one of the bars candlelit window niches or take a seat on one of the couches in the lounge behind the bar said Kenins Kenins will be bringing his Belgian Avenue cocktail recipe to the global final of the Bacardi Legacy in Sydney Kenins stated that he again plans to conduct cocktail masterclasses to introduce the public to his cocktail creation Belgian Avenue when he returns from Australia As to the ingredients of his Belgian Avenue cocktail Kenins shares the recipe with the Baltic Times readers Cocktail Recipe 40 ml Bacardi Gold 15 ml Lillet Blanc 10 ml Yellow Chartreuse 20 ml freshly squeezed pineapple juice 15 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice 15 ml homemade agave and chamomile syrup Shake Enjoy said Kenins Sydney will also be enjoying Kenins hopes Nearly thirty of the worlds talented bartenders will participate in this year s final in Australia If Kenins wins the global final of the Bacardi Legacy in Sydney this May he will be travelling the world promoting not only the Baltics states and Latvia but importantly showcasing his recipe and promoting the Belgian Avenue cocktail to gain listings and menu places in some of the world s most

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  • Europe must strive to make use of its cultural and creative forces
    the cultural crossover conference s keynote speakers said that management systems created in the 18th and 19th centuries are no longer applicable for the dynamic changes of the 21st century Steinberg believes we have to think creatively about revising our day to day management models Dace Melbarde the Minister for Culture of Latvia added that while we may manage to write good cross sectoral policy documents we are not always as successful when it comes to implementing them as all the implementation mechanisms are developed within the different sectors We therefore need to look for new synergies between different sectors The Creative Industries Division of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia currently employs three currently two experts within the division Zanda Tamulone has stated that the areas of responsibilities and goals of the Creative Industries Division in the field of creative industries are to provide participation of Latvia and represent the interests of Latvia at the international level in international organizations partnerships committees and working groups regarding cultural and creative industries issues to inform the society and raise awareness of issues related to the cultural and creative industries to draft policy documents and regulatory enactments in the field of creative industries to establish partnerships and cooperate with competent state local government and private institutions on the development issues of creative industries to promote cultural and creative industry education responsible institution the Centre for Arts Education and Intangible Heritage to collect statistics regarding cultural and creative industries in Latvia to develop and submit proposals on establishing of expert commissions councils and working groups related to the topical issues of creative industries to accumulate and analyse information on the status of creative industries in the country to analyse the documents of the European Union and other institutions in the field of creative industries and draft proposals for such documents A decisive role in the implementation of creative industries policy is played by successful inter institutional cooperation Other state institutions and non governmental organizations are also involved in the policy planning and implementation One of the recent projects the Creative Industries Division has been involved with is the creative partnerships program RaPaPro which was initiated and financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of Latvia with the aim of forming new partnerships in secondary vocational level cultural education schools involving art design and music teachers and students municipalities entrepreneurs social groups and other representatives from local communities Thirteen RaPaPro projects according to Zanda Tamulone have resulted in the acquisition of new skills and knowledge and provided the chance to work in interdisciplinary teams and promoting the usage of design thinking in cultural education The international conference Heritage Contemporary Architecture and Design in Interaction concluded the radi 2015 Creativity Week saw more than 160 heritage experts architects designers planners representatives of local and national governments and owners of cultural heritage objects from almost all the EU member states taking part The main keynote speakers included internationally acclaimed experts such as the

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  • Museums after dark
    visitors for a night of special events and exhibitions celebrating Museum Night on May 16 In 2015 the Museum Night will take place under a theme Music in the Night Last year 84 000 people participated in Museum Night which was an all time attendance record for the event Since a wide variety of museums and other cultural organizations participate in the special program the Museum Night makes it possible to discover a wide variety of perspectives on the topic Music does not just encompass singing dancing and music it can also stand for articulation and acoustics vibration and ring tones and even silence How are sounds born How do our ears receive them How does math help us understand music According to Laura Kipper one of the main organizers of the big museum event there are more and more tourists visiting Museum Night events across Estonia Visitors from Finland Latvia and Russia have definitely discovered our Museum Night and our museums are recognizing this as well trying to provide more English tours and events during the night or to make sure the event can be enjoyed to the full regardless of what language you speak For tourists staying in Tallinn center the program of the Museum Night is always just a few steps away most of Tallinn center museums are participating in the program Tourists willing to drive out of Tallinn might consider either the beautiful Viinistu Art Museum on the Northern coast an evening there will include piano concerts and a light and music installation programme Another option is travelling to the spa city Haapsalu on the north western coast of Estonia which has five exciting museums open during the Museum Night from Haapsalu Episcopal Castle to the magical Ilon Wikland book illustration discovery centre and the romantic old Haapsalu train station which has become the Railway Museum On Museum Night the gates of Trakai castle in Lithuania will remain open after working hours and its guests can enjoy the extraordinary event Museum staff and history enthusiasts will be dressed in medieval costumes craftsmen and merchants will line up in the courtyard alongside defensive wall cooks prepare food on fire recapturing an authentic atmosphere of medieval castle As it gets darker the event will continue in a dim light of torches and candles the usage of electricity is limited to minimum In the castle an unusual life for a museum boils up visitors can talk to the Duke s painter meet noble courtiers play chess with the Duke or talk to a monk An ominous executioner the Duke s joker and other residents of the castle mingle around Throughout the event combats of knights various concerts and theatre performances will take place in the courtyard and in the Great Hall of the castle Traditional ritual of the event is a theatrical sacrifice to Galve Lake Monks dames and their maidens will take the most curious guests to excursions through labyrinths of the castle A search for hidden treasure

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  • The Princess of the violin returns to the stage
    been repackaged by Angel as The Classical Collection 1 Her breakthrough disc The Violin Player bowed on the charts in fall 1995 featuring a Toccata and Fugue based on Bach s Toccata and Fugue in D minor and incorporating wailing electric guitar and a pumping synthetic dance beat The Violin Player was made with entirely commercial intentions and the promotional material circulating at the time did nothing to understate the extraordinary allure of the young artist The notorious wet T shirt poses that appeared in the CD booklet and video raised eyebrows among commentators in the U S who published articles roundly condemning the classical music industry for exploiting children and flirting with obscenity Despite the negative publicity several of the tracks on The Violin Player were adopted into the mainstream of the dance club scene in Europe and Asia and the disc went on to sell in excess of three million copies worldwide In 1996 Mae won the Best New Female Artist distinction at the BRIT Awards she was the first classical artist to do so Since the release of The Violin Player Vanessa Mae has gone on to amass an international legion of admirers through touring recording and television appearances her popularity is especially strong in Asia She has just as easily inspired hostility and outright rejection on the part of her colleagues in the world of classical music Many complain that she is a half developed talent who is using her good looks and the pop promotional machine to make her a star at the expense of the classical tradition Vanessa Mae claims that she doesn t listen to critics and has opined that to have an ordinary Classical career would have been just a bit too lazy However her releases after The Violin Player have been a mixed bag as she attempts to find a niche somewhere between the classical repertoire and her natural acumen for club dance mixes others of which have circulated widely in Asia There is one standout among her later recordings the China Girl disc in which she gets to the heart of the Gang Chen Butterfly Lovers violin concerto Gramophone a magazine usually known for its harsh treatment of crossover artists allowed that this whole collection makes agreeably easy listening In 1996 she was nominated for BRIT Awards as the best performer Up until then no performer of classical instrumental music was ever nominated for this pop music award Mae has launched 16 albums sold 10 million copies and reached an impressive level of popularity She has performed in 50 countries and visited all the most prestigious concert halls The violin virtuoso in February surprised the world again by representing Thailand in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as an alpine skier with the name Vanessa Vanakorn Vanessa herself describes the music she performs as violin techno acoustic fusion Amazing sounds and emotions on the stage here in Riga Come and experience it Vanessa Mae May 31 Arena Riga Tickets available

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  • News search
    from foreign politicians should not be left without an adequate response from Russia Alexey Pushkov the Chai Read More Lithuanian MP proposes mandatory school course on fight for freedom Petras Grazulis a member of the Lithuanian parliament has registered a draft resolution proposing to establish a mandatory course for schools Read More New Estonian coalition promises to raise minimum wage lower tax The new Estonian government coalition has agreed to raise the minimum wage so that it is at 45 of the average wage in the country as well as Read More Post Nemtsov Russia More than a month has passed since the murder of Boris Nemtsov one of the main leaders of Russia s opposition who was shot four times in Read More Arena Riga now that s a venue that takes some beating As Dynamo Riga s ice hockey season ends in disappointment and as VEF Riga s United League basketball season rests in the balanc Read More Why sanctions on Russia don t work The Western approach to Russia is predicated on the supposition that continued pressure on the country will cause President Vladimir Putin rsquo Read More How to cultivate happiness in the Baltic States According to global indexes people in the Baltic States are unhappy What would it take to increase the levels of happiness and w Read More Previous 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 Next Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest

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  • Jousts and Duels at the Count of May
    until the next year Historically the Festival of the Count of May arrived in Riga from Germany Gotland and England where they were celebrated as a spring festivity during the middle ages The Count of May symbolized the spring and came into towns and villages with his entourage The first mention about the Count of May celebration in Riga dates back to the 15th century when the Count of May was elected in the presence of the town council in a stretch of an open space outside the city The person who won the title of Count of May always was someone from the Great Guild and was able to keep the title for a year The participants of the celebration would go on a festive procession to the Great Guild where a luscious feast would take place Later on the Blackheads of Riga elected their own Count of May but in 1477 it was decided that a member of the Great Guild would be elected as Count of May but all his courtiers would be from the Blackheads The feast was also moved to the house of Blackheads during which the Count of May had to regale the ladies of Riga A presidential prohibition Although this is a tradition with a considerable history in the last couple of years it has had some big problems For 11 years this festival was held at Town Hall Square because of its rich history and connection to the Blackheads of Riga Yet in 2012 this tradition was cancelled and the event lost its support from the Riga City Council The explanation for this was that while Riga Castle is being repaired the Latvian President is working in the House of the Blackheads and the sounds and events from the festival could disturb the president s work However the enthusiasts didn t want to lose this great tradition and in 2013 organised the festival on their own and with their own money but moved it from Town Hall Square to Dome Square After a year they continued their efforts to bring back the Count of May and organized a festive meeting in front of Riga City Council They collected signatures wrote a petition showed some medieval performances to entertain people took photos and later sent all that to Department of Culture and Education in Riga hoping that this would show how important and unique this festival is After the activities of previous years nothing has changed Everything is still organised and made by ourselves Only this year we have one more supporter Live Riga says Irina Kurpniece one of the organizers of this event This year Spikeri has been chosen for the location of the festival because it has more space so we can expand Also on next day after the festival there is the Lattelecom Riga marathon so Spikeri is a great way how to get out of their way adds Irina Of course there is possibility that someday the festival of

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  • Twentieth Century Revisited
    was recognised in Europe only belatedly if at all Hamann and Giambattista Vico The scope of Isaiah Berlin s works is immense They include books about great epochs of European thought and culture the Renaissance and the Romantic Age about Russian thinkers and writers about Niccolo Machiavelli conceptions of freedom liberalism nationalism European conflicts and the quest for peace He was both a thinker and political actor To be an active diplomat and public figure and then to immerse himself in the life of Oxford University and create new institutions and research programs there was as natural to him as to move from one subject matter to another There are quite a few studies about Isaiah Berlin s connections to the greats of Russian culture from Anna Akhmatova to Andrei Sakharov The Baltic region is usually associated with late Romantic and neo Romantic movements and with conservative nationalism in particular That s a cliche It should be sufficient to recall the great liberal thinkers from that region Immanuel Kant Johann Gottfried von Herder Paul Schiemann and Isaiah Berlin in order to grasp the fact the Baltic lands gave the world many more prominent representatives of modern liberalism than other similar sized European countries have By the same token Isaiah Berlin and Paul Schiemann are among the ranks of those 20th century thinkers who remained non indoctrinated antitotalitarian and did not succumb to hatred a list that includes Hannah Arendt Karl R Popper Leszek Kolakowski Czeslaw Milosz Alexander Shtromas and Tomas Venclova As we can see most of them have ties to the Baltics Things were different with Sergei Eisenstein 1898 1948 Born into the family of German Jewish father and Russian Orthodox mother Sergei departed from his family s initial trajectories of faith A Russian Orthodox believer in his childhood Sergei became an ardent atheist unlike his father who was a staunch supporter of the Whites he was to become a brother in arms to the Reds A great cinematic innovator Eisenstein is widely and justly regarded as the father of the montage technique one pivotal for the art of cinema He was not entirely different from his great British counterpart though Like Isaiah Berlin Sergei Eisenstein remained a mystery both for his fellow countrymen and countrywomen and for his hosts elsewhere Admired for his talent innovativeness and boldness by such celebrities as Charlie Chaplin Theodor Dreiser or Upton Sinclair in the USA and later by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico Eisenstein began describing his films as moving frescoes anticipating such greatest film directors of the twentieth century as Pier Paolo Pasolini Federico Fellini Michelangelo Antonioni and Andrei Tarkovsky all of whom were legitimate heirs to the legacy of Renaissance and Baroque art Eisenstein was forced to interrupt his enchanting life of travel and experiment abroad after Joseph Stalin made it clear that he had to return to the USSR Long suspected to have abandoned the aesthetics of socialist realism Eisenstein survived the Stalinist purges in a rather

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  • CNN calls Estonia’s pavilion one of the world’s best at EXPO Milano
    Estonian Public Broadcasting it is a great recognition for Estonia We have one of the lowest budgeted self built pavilions at the world exhibition We do not star with glamour and grandeur we are competing with countries that have invested tens of millions of euros in construction but nevertheless we have already been noticed he said The keywords of the Estonian pavilion are Northern smartness pure food and nature outstanding design world class music led by Arvo Part and special Estonian people The Estonian pavilion Gallery of is a three storey gallery consisting of wooden nesting boxes which is open to visitors via two entrances Each floor of the multifunctional building has its own exhibition and function It is possible to swing in the spaces between the wooden boxes Visitors are guided by artificial intelligence guide developed in collaboration with Skype Estonia which helps the visitor to get information via smartphone The pavilion contains 34 swings some of them measure kinetic energy a self playing Estonia piano 200 Click Grow smart plants and handcrafted luxury bike Renard The first floor of the pavilion contains a permanent exhibition introducing Estonia via video installations One of the main attractions of the exhibition will be exhibition Good Estonian Things which opens on the second floor at the Estonian National Day on June 7 The third floor is partially with an open roof and there lies the Estonian nature exhibition The Estonian pavilion will be open until October 31 Altogether 145 states participate at EXPO 2015 Comments Related Articles Vilnius gets vision Gingerbread Mania 2015 Latvian State Choir launches ambitious project for nation s centenary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles ARTS EVENTS GUIDE Estonia A nation shaped by the sea The Capital of

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