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  • Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania Working Towards the 2018 London Book Fair
    Book Fair Furthermore the culture ministers have agreed on a plan to organise an extensive joint culture program at the 2018 London Book Fair but cultural programmes outside the Fair will be entirely up to the countries themselves The memorandum s action plan will be reviewed twice a year The Baltic project managers who will involve partners from the fields of literature and publishing intend to meet for their first coordination meeting in Riga in late February 2015 Recent comments made to the Baltic Times by Latvian culture minister Dace Melbarde and Lithuanian culture minister Sarunas Birutis concerning the Baltic countries united participation echoed the importance being attached and placed on the cultural and economic benefits of a united effort in presenting Baltic literature at the 2018 London Book Fair Dace Melbarde has stated in comments forwarded to The Baltic Times that as a small country with limited linguistic borders our key to global literature area is translations of Latvian literature in English There is ongoing work of translation and it will continue significantly widening the readership of works of Latvian literature The award of 2014 European Union Prize for Literature received by Janis Jonevs for his novel Jelgava 94 clearly highlights the value and potential of our writers and may promote the translation of contemporary Baltic literature The decision to participate at the London Book Fair in 2018 also adds an international dimension to the upcoming centenary of Latvia s independence and helps to promote cooperation between Latvia and the UK which is particularly important in light of the fact that the UK was the first country to recognise the independence of Latvia in 1918 Sarunas Birutis s comments to The Baltic Times also reflect the importance that Lithuania is placing on the 2018 London Book Fair we are delighted to be one of the focus countries of the London Book Fair 2018 This project will hopefully empower our authors encourage translations and boost our networks in the publishing industry worldwide It is the best most simple and brilliant way to tell our stories through books and culture Still waters run deep let s see if the Baltics can indeed become mainstream through their creativity and innovation said Minister Birutis Furthermore Estonian Minister of Culture Urve Tiidus has officially stated that To be the main guest at one of the world s most important book fairs provides Estonian literature with unique opportunities to stand out and shine It motivates us to translate and publish Estonian authors both in English as well as in many other languages To be at the centre of global attention with our literature and culture in London in 2018 would be a wonderful present for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia The London Book Fair was founded in 1971 and has over the years emerged as one of the most significant trade fairs in the world The London Book Fair is a global marketplace for the negotiation of rights and the sale and

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  • Book Launch of Frida Michelson’s “I Survived Rumbuli” in Latvian
    Jew who was one of the few survivors of the mass killings at Rumbula on Nov 30th and December 8th 1941 The event held at the Riga Graduate School of Law was attended by a number of leaders of the Jewish community in Latvia and official representatives of foreign embassies One of main threads of the speakers at the event was the hope that it would be used in schools in Latvia so a new generation can learn of the horrors that befell Michelson and the Jews in Latvia as well as the strength and inner fortitude that she showed in surviving and telling her story The translation includes additional information about the genesis of the book by co author David Silberman and a number of footnotes This book is part of a growing focus on bringing wider attention to the fate of the Jews in Latvia 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 Empty Spaces Dealing with the shrinking of the Great Baltic City Italian Riga s Casa Nostra restaurant 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 political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those

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  • Rock Balkan Style
    at every performance Most of the musicians from the orchestra came from Zabranjeno Pusenje a youthful punk folk band often criticized for their socio political lyrics who became part of a unique rock movement centered in Sarajevo The musical relation between the band and Kusturica began in 1987 when he played bass guitar on three songs for their third album When war broke out in the Balkans Zabranjeno Pusenje were forced to split up and most of the members were forced to relocate Nenad Jankovic the singer of the band went to Belgrade and created The No Smoking Orchestra In 1999 after the group made the music for Emir Kusturica s Yugoslav comedy Black Cat White Cat the musician and singer also known as a two time Palme d Or winner for his movies When Father Was Away on Business and Underground became the frontman of the band and the decision was made to change its name to Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra With its hallowed reputation in the rock history of the former Yugoslavia the orchestra quickly gained international success by performing on stage in Southern Europe Latin America and more recently lately in Eastern Europe After concerts in Jerusalem Tel Haviv Haifa and Russia the band will play at Palladium Riga on Marijas iela on 24th February at 20 30 Tickets are available from 29 euros 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 Empty Spaces Dealing with the shrinking of the Great Baltic City Italian Riga s Casa Nostra restaurant Subscribe A subscription to The

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  • Take Me to the Circus
    Soleil first premiered in 1996 in Montreal Since that time the production has toured five continents and been experienced by millions of people The production directed by Franco Dragone is a thrilling combination of acrobatic artistry technical expertise extravagant design and exceptional musical inspiration which an emotional dramatic thread weaves into a seamless whole by an emotional dramatic thread Quidam features the German wheel banquine Spanish webs diabolos aerial contortion in silk and of course two crazy clowns Presented in the 2 544 seat state of the art blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau on the Del Mar Fairgrounds Quidam turns gravity on its head with an impressive 120 feet overhead conveyor made up of five imposing rails which takes up the entire interior roof surface of the Grand Chapiteau This system is used to bring artists onto the stage and to create a multitude of special effects There are approximately 250 costumes 500 costume items and 200 shoes in Quidam Quidam is the first show to use everyday clothing though adapted in its acrobatic acts The broken colours used for the costumes from blue to pink tones create a dramatic effect and add to the show s gloomy overall atmosphere The basic material used for nearly all the costumes is stretch linen a new innovation that gives them a worn look Other materials used include leather jute linen crepe wool velvet and 42 types of cotton The average age of the cast is 28 the oldest artist is 50 while the youngest is 13 What makes Cirque du Soleil s shows so unique and enthralling is that though based on conceptual storylines the performances and artistry are what makes each show so memorable and different It s all about imagination for both the creators as well as for the audience And that s why Cirque du Soleil is so popular and loved Quidam is the vision of the same creative team that conceived Cirque du Soleil s Las Vegas based O and Mystere La Nouba at Walt Disney World in Orlando and the award winning Alegria and Saltimbanco Led by Director Franco Dragone the team includes Gilles Ste Croix director of creation Dominique Lemieux costumes Michel Crete set design Debra Brown choreography Francois Bergeron sound design Luc Lafortune lighting design Benoit Jutras musical director and composer and Serge Roy artistic director Forty six extremely talented performers will surely provide the best show of the year with an extremely interesting story behind Probably the best show of the year in Vilnius Quidam is like everything in the Cirque du Soleil repertoire spectacular artistic and entertaining Cirque has grown into a well oiled machine since its humble beginnings but every production always taps into your own imagination And isn t that what a circus is all about Cirque du Soleil Quidam March 19 22 Siemens Arena Ticket price 39 118 euros Tickets can be purchased at www tiketa lt Comments Related Articles Vilnius gets vision Gingerbread Mania 2015 Latvian State Choir launches

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  • Italian Masters on Display
    influence on Rome and many other European cities for the next two hundred years can be found in Bologna Through portrait painting this exhibition demonstrates the special and innovative character of this art The core of the show is formed by works from the collection of the Bologna Pinacoteca together with paintings from museums in other cities The portrait genre allows us to trace the development of skillfulness in painting in the great diversity of styles that appear in future generations of artists The exhibition is introduced by the works of Lavinia Fontana Her famous portraits take on the elegance of the 16th century mannerists At the same time they balance and surprise with the depiction of the fineness of the clothing and revelation of the psychological image of the subject This tradition was simultaneously brought up to date by the then modern thinking of Annibale Carracci his brother Agostino and cousin Ludovico They captured reality with great sensitivity opening up possibilities for the development of modern painting Characteristic of every successive generation of Bolognese artists is the high quality of technique that developed alongside an individual and original painting style as well as the ability to depict the inner world of the subject with a fine subtleness The works of Guido Reni demonstrate the power of Baroque art to capture man s soul with feeling while credibly depicting reality The exhibition offers the possibility of following the evolution of the art of the portrait that finds expression in the works of Giuseppe Maria Crespi Donato Creti and towards the end of the 18th century in the portraits by Gaetano Gandolfi as well In every painting on show it is possible to see those quality values that reach beyond time and which are also a precondition for the development of

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  • Western Unity Challenges Russian Aggression
    comments here Nor were there any Russian government led disruptions citing trumped up fire code violations The U S based World Affairs Inst The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Rhetoric at the Riga Conference what we talk about when we talk about war with Russia What refugees are running from What changes lie in store for Poland Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles The phantom of separatism in Latgale EDITORIAL The Baltic Security Question Baltics 2015 The long march to Paris 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 political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between

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  • MEP Mazuronis: “EU must do rethinking from its core”
    Commission does not want investors already working in the seaport to be given entitlement to be the first to get right for re leasing free industrial lots which would make common sense in terms of business especially for companies that have invested heavily in the port s infrastructure improvements However the EC flunkies urge that release in the port territory must be done through competition Imagine what would happen if it became the law letter All seaports around would be able to vie for the re lease rights in Klaipeda Seaport Needless to say the biggest rivals like Rotterdam for example could also expect their slice of the cake That is a crap that s how much I can tell about it Interestingly the EC drawn up proposal has surfaced when Klaipeda Seaport announced record stats in shipment transportation last year To go back to your comparison about pikes and minnows I want to calm down everyone who worries about me I ll stay here in Brussels for a while and come back The experience I m getting in the EP is worth gold nuggets but the bottom line is I m not disappearing anywhere But with your public spat over a range of things with the chairman of Order and Justice Party Rolandas Paksas who is also your EP counterpart your political prospects in the party you have to agree are in question How do you see your political future Well all kinds of turns and twists happen in politics You know it Though I lost my post as the first party deputy chairman and became an ordinary member of it after the December 2014 party convention I do not feel like slamming the door and wringing the laundry in public Whatever the future holds for me I can tell that I will remain in the political life and I won t be a mere observer In fact I ll be a very active politician a whole lot more exuberant than until now You ve been known for your genuine approach on many things What is your take on more stringent sanctions against Russia Can they hold up Russia Indeed there are many various opinions as to how to deal with the belligerent Russia Sometimes drastically different to tell the truth It s a little secret that some MEPs even from Latvia do defend Russia and its policies And the more south states are the more friendly they tend to be to Russia an unwritten rule I want to underscore this exercising new sanctions against Russia is not the ultimate goal But on the other hand besides them the European Union does not have many other options in its hands The bottom line is the Crimea is still occupied by Russia and the pro Russian military forces ravage Ukrainian territories in the East I ve met Ukrainian ambassador in the European Union he told me if not for the Russian involvement the conflict would have been stifled by now

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  • A very Finno-Ugric feud
    nation In fact the general public did not take to it with particular enthusiasm that the proud Hungarians rulers of a great Central European empire were kin to wandering Siberian folk was viewed as faintly insulting Hungarians had been somewhat convinced there was a connection to the Turks and the discredited Ugric Altaic theory which links the two languages is still occasionally revived by Hungarian thinkers of an anachronistic bent as a modern guide to the Hungarian language puts it compared to Attila s glorious armies Samoyedic fur trappers and Finnish fisherman Csanad a wise Hungarian friend tells me that Hungarian has a specific phrase to express this disappointment halzsiros atyafisag the sense of which is best translated undesirable brotherhood but also incorporating the words for fish and fat to underline their disdainful attitude towards these uncouth wild Northerners eating their strange raw foods It s true that the vocabulary differs almost completely only one sentence mutually intelligible across Hungarian Finnish and Estonian has ever been discovered But the link is discernible on the level of grammar where most Indo European languages employ prepositions to indicate the relationship of nouns to each other the Finno Ugric tongues deploy a bewildering array of suffixes to modify the back ends of nouns it s tempting if perhaps too simplistic to draw a link to the shamanism of their Central Asian home cultures that see the world as unfixed fluid everything as influencing everything else Jaan Kaplinski Estonian poet and scholar of the Finno Ugric language family has pointed out that these languages are all characterised by heavy use of word pairs through which new concepts are named not by coining a new phrase but by the pincer like use of two similar words as though accepting language s inadequacy Kaplinski says of Finno Ugric people we live and communicate in a world in which objects phenomena events and activities are not specifically defined in advance or to put it more simply have not been named in advance Aurally the similarities are not immediately apparent while Estonian is a chirruping dizzying thing leaning heavily on strongly voiced consonants to support the swooping lengthy vowels Hungarian has a rat a tat rhythm sounding at times like a snare drum rapping out some odd time signature or marbles dropped on a tiled floor But there is something common to both of them although it s hard to explain just what something about their unearthly disconcerting sound these people just seem to use different parts of their mouths to other Europeans the upper and outer regions being used far more for articulation Regardless of anything else all three are utterly different to their Slavic Baltic Latin and Scandinavian neighbours and each country has derived the majority of its sense of itself from this distinction we re not those guys we re us even if we don t quite know what that is And despite this initial ambivalence especially in Hungary Finno Ugric societies did develop dedicated to studying the countries shared heritage The Finno Ugric Society was set up in the 1920s in Tartu and the Hungarian Scientific Institute was also founded in the same town in 1923 by a Hungarian professor and lawyer Istvan Csekey Finno Ugric days primarily cultural celebrations were held in Estonia from 1928 onwards The institute closed and the days ceased after the Soviet occupation presumably the authorities thought that reminders of friends beyond their borders would create further separatist feelings amongst the Estonians But just a year after the restoration of Estonia s independence in 1991 the Hungary restored its cultural representation in Tallinn initially prompted by a group of enthusiasts it continued as a small scale project with just a couple of full time employees until 2001 when the Hungarian government agreed to fund it and opened a Balassi Institute in the capital city The Balassi Institute is Hungary s equivalent of the British Council or the Goethe Institut and is as far as I m aware the most extensive chain of cultural centres of any country of a comparable size and population there are 23 centres worldwide from Istanbul to India Stuttgart to Sfantu Gheorghe a reminder that Hungary was once an imperial power and still sees itself as one of Europe s most distinctive and important cultures Last month keen to find out the state of relations between these two distant relatives in a climate very different from when those ties were first established I visited the Balassi Institute in Tallinn It certainly has pride of place a great cream coloured slab solid and secure set up above the slanting red brick roofs of the Old Town up on Toompea Tallinn s mantelpiece where all the very important buildings are Urmas the half Estonian half Hungarian director of the institute is a kindly scholarly man who seems simultaneously in love with the culture of both of his countries and a little worn down by the strain of seeing things from both perspectives Over excellent Estonian pastries and tea with homemade honey we talk of Estonia and Hungary and the surprising or accidental ties between them ties he is tasked with continuing He defends the domestic behaviour of the Orban government without seeming wildly enthusiastic about it I suppose they do pay his salary but concedes that part of the reason why they see things differently from Estonia in foreign policy is their physical removal from the threatening eastern neighbour Russia is not a big concern of the Hungarian border guards Still friendships cultivated for years cannot so quickly be severed one of the small interesting things that Urmas tells me is that attending school in Communist Hungary he was expected to read two or three works of Estonian literature the requirement would have been the same for anyone wanting to study literature in a serious fashion Jaan Kross probably Estonia s most internationally famous writer read Hungarian and translated a number of works into Estonian other writers

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