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Inviting foreign nationals living in Latvia to the Summer Solstice Jāņi celebration
26.05.2022.

On Sunday, 12 June 2022, we welcome foreign nationals living in Latvia and the representatives of the local community to take part in the Summer Solstice Jāņi celebration event "Well, Came the Jāņi Day!", which will take place in Ķeiķi House at Jaunpiebalga Municipality.

The time is already here, when the sun is dancing the highest above and nature is blooming the most glamorous. Let's sing out the most beautiful festival of the year! Let's play, dance and fire the Summer Solstice fire. During the event we will get to know the healing power of the plants growing and blooming during the Summer Solstice and will learn the Ligo Day folk songs.

The participation in the event is for free. The materials for the workshops will be provided.

A collective bus will be provided from Riga to the event place.

We invite all the interesents to apply in advance!

The applying for the Summer Solstice event and more information: Dita Butule - e-mail: dita.butule@gmail.com.

You are welcome to apply! The number of participants is limited.

The Summer Solstice Jāņi celebration is taking place in the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 4". The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration, and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

More information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258


Opportunity to visit Riga Motor Museum on June 11!
16.05.2022.

On Saturday, 11 June 2022 at 11.00 we welcome foreign nationals living in Latvia and representatives of the local community to visit Riga Motor Museum.

The Riga Motor Museum is the largest and the most modern museum of ancient vehicles in Latvia and the Baltic States. The museum has been enjoying visitors' eyes with its exposure since 1989. Both, then and now it is the only such profile museum in Latvia and the largest in the Baltic. The museum contains the largest and the most diverse collection of ancient vehicles in the Baltic, where the world's automotive origins, including the first car in the world - Benz Patent Motorwagen, unique limousines, legendary racing cars, the "grandfathers" of today's car brands, as well as the pride of the Latvian automotive history. In general, the museum has more than 100 ancient vehicles, each with its own special story illustrated with interactive screens, video stories, virtual reality, and other modern technologies.

Accompanied by a guide, you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the stories, exposure, and current exhibitions of the museum's ancient vehicles, paying attention to the essential pearls of Latvia and the world automotive. The tour will not only have the opportunity to get acquainted with the museum's unique vehicles, but also with a variety of multimedia activities. The tour will be in Russian language.

Applying and more information: Katrīna Šternberga - e-mail: katrina.sternberga@gmail.com.

You are welcome to apply! Number of places is limited. The museum's visit is free.

The visit of the museum is taking place in the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 4". The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration, and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

More information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258


Inviting to visit the museum of illusions "Cosmos"!
16.05.2022.

From May 23 to June 22, we welcome foreign nationals living in Latvia and representatives of the local community to visit the museum of illusions "Cosmos".

The museum offers to go into a social and entertaining adventure of the world of illusions that will excite all generations. There will be an opportunity to dive into the world of space and look at a set of stars, enjoy miracles of optical illusions, go into the Mirror Room, and enjoy a walk down the Milky Way. There are a lot of unusual and exciting objects in the museum that will make you wonder and not believe in your eyes.

Applying and more information: Katrīna Šternberga - e-mail: katrina.sternberga@gmail.com.

You are welcome to apply! Number of places is limited. The museum's visit is free.

The visit of the museum is taking place in the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 4". The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration, and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

More information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258


Inviting foreign nationals living in Latvia to visit the Art Museum "Riga Bourse"
16.05.2022.

On Saturday, 4 June 2022, we welcome the foreign nationals living in Latvia and the representatives of the local community to visit the Art Museum "Riga Bourse". The tour, accompanied by a guide, will start at 11.00, during which it will be possible to see the exposures of the museum, while at 12.30 it will be able to participate in the creative workshop "Art's Prints". The tour will take place in Russian language.

The Art Museum "Riga Bourse" is a cultural exchange site, where the excellence is more important than the artist's nationality. The museum, with its activities, builds a bridge between Asia, Europe, and America, offering classical-arts dialogue with contemporary art at exposures and exhibitions.

In 2013, the Art Museum "Riga Bourse" received the special award of the European Museum Forum, ranking among the eight most successful new museums in Europe. Jury experts highly appreciated the interaction between a brilliant-quality reconstruction and the amazing atmosphere that is provided to visitors.

The museum offers six permanent exposures and current exhibition at the Large Exhibition Hall on the 1st floor. The European art gallery is seen on the fourth floor of the building, showing the painting, sculptures and porcelain of the 16th-20th century, and the adjacent Silverstone Cabinet with precious 17th-20th century metals from Baltic, Russia, Germany. The third floor is a home for the Asian Art Gallery, where the visitors can see the art of Japan, China, India, and South-East Asia of the 17th-21st centuries. On the same floor, there is also the room of Ancient Egypt, with artifacts thousands of years old, an antique art office that shows the museum's collections of ancient Greek and Roman ceramics, numismatics and sculptures, and Roerich Painting Gallery with Nicholas Roerich's (1874-1947) painting collection.

The guide's narrative will include information about artists and artworks, in-depth presentation of the art processes over different periods and their importance in the context of cultural history.

After the tour, at 12.30, the participants will have the opportunity to participate in the creative workshop of the Art Museum "Riga Bourse" and try the painting of fabrics and one of the textile art techniques - screen printing on fabrics.

The introduction of the workshop will include the narrative of a museum employee and a demonstration of examples, followed by the possibility of personalising the fabric (clothing, fabric bag) with the masterpieces of the museum's collection and architectural elements of the building. Each participant will have the opportunity to create a unique souvenir or gift by printing the brought along fabric, so take your own cloth bag or some clothing, such as a T-shirt.

Applying and more information: Katrīna Šternberga - e-mail: katrina.sternberga@gmail.com.

You are welcome to apply! Number of places is limited. The museum's visit is free.

The visit of the museum and the creative workshop is taking place in the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 4". The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration, and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

More information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258

On May 15 and 21 the interesents are invited to composition of improvisation "Our Garden" in the Culture House of National Societies in Rezekne
10.05.2022.

On May 15 and 21, 2022, the composition of improvisation "Our Garden" will take place in the Culture House of National Societies in Rezekne in the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 4".

The project "Integration ABC - 4" is being implemented throughout Latvia, including Rezekne and Rezekne Municipality. The project is interdisciplinary and includes Latvian language courses, integration lessons and improvisation theatre, where the theatre is used as a method for the social integration, socialisation, and cultural interaction of third-country nationals.

The composition's developers tell: "By creating the composition content, we've tried to focus on people's feelings and feelings without emphasizing other aspects. On a stage, highlighted by headlights, we will see people who, due to their fate and circumstances, have arrived in Latvia and are with us now. Mothers, grandmothers, teens, women... On a stage, as if under a magnifying glass, we see, hear, and realize how fragile the small man's world and the world around us is. No instructions, just the poetry of Ukrainian authors Lina Kostenko, Vasil Simonenko, Yuri Andruhovich, Vladimir Sosiura and Ludmila Legostaeva."

Languages of the event: Latvian, Ukrainian, Russian.

Entrance is free. The number of participants is limited. To make reservations, please, apply through phone: 64622182 or 26492902.

The composition of improvisation "Our Garden" will take place on

May 15 at 12.00 in the Culture House of National Societies, 2nd floor, Chamber Hall;

May 21 at 11.00 in the Culture House of National Societies, 1st floor, Big Hall.

The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

More information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258


More than 300 foreigners living in Latvia are learning Latvian language
05.05.2022.

To promote the successful inclusion of third-country nationals - immigrants into the Latvian society, the education system and the labour market, the society "Cooperation Platform" has been organising Latvian language courses in cooperation with "Mensarius" Ltd and Education and Information Services of Riga City (RIIMC) within the project "We are learning Latvian language" from January this year.

The Latvian language courses are currently attended by 312 foreign nationals living in Latvia; together there are 21 groups. The courses consist of participants without pre-knowledge, as well as language skills at A1, A2 and B1 levels. The lessons are mostly remote, which opens the possibility of learning Latvian language from anywhere in Latvia. For two groups training takes place on-site - one group in Ventspils and the other group in Riga.

The Board Chairwoman of the society " Cooperation Platform" indicates: "The interest in Latvian courses was and still is very high, especially after the Russian invasion in Ukraine at the end of February and the subsequent influx of Ukrainian people into Latvia. The fully completed groups demonstrate it. It is planned that the courses organised within the project "We are Learning Latvian Language" will last until the end of September. "

More information and contacts: http://www.sadarbibasplatforma.lv/alv.html

The project "We are Learning Latvian Language" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/6/2021/4/03.

More information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258


Inviting to a knotted bracelet workshop on April 22
11.04.2022.

On Friday, April 22, 2022, at 15.00, foreign nationals living in Latvia with their families and representatives of the local community are welcome to attend a creative lesson - workshop of making knotted bracelets.

During the exciting lesson we will learn the basics of making macrame or knotted bracelets - Shamballa. The Shamballa bracelet is a modern adornment, but at the same time we can also think of its old meaning. They were designed to protect the owner from trouble and attract the positive energy of the celestial bodies.

During the workshop, the participants will learn simple macrame elements and will each make their own Shamballa bracelet. It will be possible for each one to choose pearls or stones to knot into his/her bracelet and to add other elements. The size of the bracelet will be easy to adjust because it will incorporate a very convenient system for resizing.

The participation is for free. The materials for making bracelets will be provided. The workshop will take place in Riga, Pērses Street 9/11, (door code 10) 4th floor, however the interesents are invited to apply in advance!

Applying for workshop and more information: phone - 26599060 or e-mail laama.santa@gmail.com . You are welcome to apply! The number of participants is limited.

The creative workshop on April 22 will take place in the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 4". The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration, and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

More information:
Santa Lāma, phone 26599060
E-mail laama.santa@gmail.com
https://www.mensarius.lv/index.php/lv/


Inviting foreigners living in Latvia to ebru painting master class
31.03.2022.

On Thursday, 19 May 2022 from 17.00 - 19.00 we welcome foreign nationals living in Latvia and representatives of the local community to visit the masterclass of ebru - painting on water.

Ebru - painting on water, known today as decorative applied paper art, is an ancient art technique originated in the Middle East, the ancient Persia in the 13th century. Ebru is one of the oldest forms of Turkish art, and in 2014, recognizing the unique value of ebru, UNESCO put it on the list of humanity's intangible cultural heritage.

The drawing is designed with colours that don't dissolve in water but remain on the surface of the water. The colours do not converge with each other and produce unique ornaments. The colours consist of natural pigments, water and a special liquid that helps the paint not sink and expand on the surface of the water. All materials are natural. Each drawing on the water is unique, as unique as our changing lives, so they will never repeat and will create something new each time.

The masterclass will be headed by the ebru artist Olga Orlova, who has acquired this art in Turkey and has been practising it in Latvia for eight years, working in the study "Ebru Riga".

Participation in the master class is for free. Materials for the workshop will be provided. The workshop will take place in Riga, Perses Street 9/11 (door code 10), on the 4th floor. However we are inviting all the interesents to apply in advance!

Applying for the ebru master class and more information: Katrīna Šternberga - e-mail: katrina.sternberga@gmail.com .

You are welcome to apply! The number of participants is limited.

The ebru master class will take place in the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 4". The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration, and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

More information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258

Inviting foreigners living in Latvia to attend the multimedia concert show "The Seasons"
30.03.2022.

On Friday, 1st of July 2022 at 19.00 the foreign nationals living in Latvia and representatives of the local community are welcome to visit the multimedia concert show "The Seasons", which will take place at the concert hall "Great Amber" in Liepāja.

During a unique concert show "The Seasons" it will be able to enjoy classical music hits, accompanied by an impressive light and video show produced by the leading artists of Latvia. Such musicians as the pianist Vestards Šimkus, violinist Darja Smirnova and Liepāja Chamber Orchestra will perform.

The Latvian distinguished pianist Vestards Šimkus will perform Pēteris Vasks' ambitious piano cycle "The seasons" in this concert event of sounds and lights, with a special light show created by Mārtiņš Feldmanis, who has been greeted twice as the best light artist of the year with the Latvia's annual theatre award ceremony's "Spēlmaņu nakts" award.

Pēteris Vasks began composing "The Seasons" in 1980 with "White Landscape" - a meditation created in a minimalistic mood of that time Baltic composers, which uses only a few sounds. In 1981, the composer produced a much more advanced, dramatically active piece titled "The Autumn Piano Music", while in 1995 it was followed by the landscape of the natural sounds "Spring Piano Music", while the work entitled "The Summer" was written in 2009.

In the second part of the concert Darja Smirnova - one of the brightest violinists of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra will perform the world classics - Antonio Vivaldi's four-violin cycle together with the Liepāja Chamber Orchestra. Vivaldi's "Seasons" is one of the most popular opuses of the classical music, having experienced myriad playing and interpretations around the world. In composing this later famous music, Vivaldi has enjoyed heartily the drawing of the natural and household scenes and has also written their word transcript in the score. There is no shortage of harmony or fiction in these pieces.

The most distinguished video artists of Latvia - Artis Dzērve, Ineta Sipunova, Vikijs (Viktors Keino) and Minus Eight (Andris Vētra) - each has prepared a special 3D video performance for their seasons, which will give the famous Vivaldi music an additional dimension.

Applying for the concert show and more information - Katrīna Šternberga, e-mail: katrina.sternberga@gmail.com .

You are welcome to apply! Number of participants is limited. The visit of the concert show is for free.

The visit of the concert show is part of the project "Integration ABC - 4". The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

More information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258

Inviting foreigners living in Latvia to attend the concert "The Human"
30.03.2022.

On Saturday, 30 April 2022 at 19.00 we welcome foreign nationals living in Latvia and representatives of the local community to visit the concert of Ivo Fomin's latest studio album "The Human", which will take place at Liepāja Olympic Centre.

Ivo Fomins is a Latvian rock musician. Since 1980s, he has been singing in a number of Liepāja rock groups, but in 2006 started a solo career.

The singer's and songwriter's Ivo Fomin's latest studio album "The Human" includes 12 songs, some of which are not yet known to the audience, but such as the title song "The Human," "Again and Again", and the current song of this moment "You're to Me" have become very fond. Almost all the album's songs have been produced by Ivo Fomins' himself, in collaboration with his long-term band partner, guitarist Roberts Dinters. The word author of all 12 album songs is the poet Guntars Račs, with whom Ivo Fomins has also collaborated on his previous albums.

For several years, Ivo Fomins has successfully pursued his musical career with musicians Roberts Dinters (guitar), Kristaps Eihvalds (guitar) and Ēriks Hanzovskis (drums), with whom he will perform in the album concert tour.

Applying for the concert and more information - Katrīna Šternberga, e-mail: katrina.sternberga@gmail.com .

You are welcome to apply! Number of participants is limited. The visit of the concert is for free.

The visit of the concert is part of the project "Integration ABC - 4". The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

More information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258

Inviting foreigners living in Latvia to attend the theatre play "Smiļģis"
30.03.2022.

On Saturday, 23 April 2022 at 18.00 we welcome the foreign nationals living in Latvia and the representatives of the local community to visit the play "Smiļģis" in the Large Hall of the Dailes Theatre.

"Smiļģis" is the latest play of the Latvian poet, dramatist, public figure, cavalier of the Order of the Three Stars, Māra Zālīte, which begins with the birth of the intention of the Dailes Theatre in the mind of one genius, followed by the creation of a theatre.

Eduards Smiļģis is not only the founder of the Dailes Theatre, an innovative director and actor of strength and ecstasy, but also a conflict-torn genius, who, like a chameleon, changes his nature depending on the woman he loves or on the power that prevails at the time. The drama in two parts tries to figure out what is behind Smiļģis' thousand masks, and what price the genius must pay for the ability to play theatre, hurt and love over the margins of the average man.

Cast: Artūrs Skrastiņš, Lauris Dzelzītis, Gints Grāvelis, Toms Veličko, Kaspars Dumburs, Kārlis Arnolds Avots (Eduards Smiļģis), Kristīne Nevarauska (Berta), Ilze Ķuzule-Skrastiņa (Felicita Ertnere), Rēzija Kalniņa (Lilija Štengele), Dārta Daneviča (Eleonora), Ieva Segliņa (Anna, Rainis, Lelde), Lidija Pupure (Smiļģis' mother).

Director - Viesturs Kairišs, stage designer - Ieva Jurjāne, costume artist - Ilze Vītoliņa, lights artist - Oskars Pauliņš, music production - Juris Vaivods, choreographer - Jana Jacuka, video artist - Ivars Ozoliņš.

At "Spēlmaņu nakts" 2020/2021 awards ceremony the play won Grand Prix (Play of the Year).

Applying for the visit of the play and more information - Katrīna Šternberga, e-mail: katrina.sternberga@gmail.com .

You are welcome to apply! Number of participants is limited. The visit of the play is for free.

The visit of the play is part of the project "Integration ABC - 4". The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

More information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258

Inviting foreigners living in Latvia to attend the concert "My Celebration Day"
30.03.2022.

On Saturday, 9 April 2022 at 15.00 we welcome foreign nationals living in Latvia and representatives of the local community to visit the 60th anniversary concert of the singer Olga Rajecka "My Celebration Day", which will take place in GORS, the Embassy of Latgale.

Olga Rajecka is a popular Latvian singer, the cavalier of the Order of the Three Stars, whose visibility was gained through the legendary Latvian ensembles "Eolika" and "Turaidas Roze." The musician has had also a successful solo career, during which she has had concerts in Latvia and abroad. To mark this event, the singer has scheduled several big concerts in which she will invite artists with whom her creative paths have crossed.

On 9 April in GORS, the Embassy of Latgale, Olga Rajecka will perform together with the musicians Andris Baltacis, Andris Eriņš and violinist Inga Zeile from the band "Laimas Muzykanti", the ensemble "Baritoni", etc. During the first part of the concert the singer will perform the beautiful songs of Imants Kalnins together with Uģis Roze. During the second part, the singer's most popular songs will sound in real Latgalian arrangements, made by Andris Baltacis. All concerts will be attended by the accompanying group under the leadership of Jānis Miltiņš.

Applying for the concert and more information - Katrīna Šternberga, e-mail: katrina.sternberga@gmail.com .

You are welcome to apply! The number of participants is limited. The concert visit is for free.

The visit of the concert is part of the project "Integration ABC - 4". The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

More information:
Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
Lauma Celma
E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
Phone: 29822258


Inviting foreign nationals living in Latvia to apply for free integration courses!
15.02.2022.

We are inviting foreign nationals living in Latvia to participate in integration courses in which they will be able to explore the most important things about Latvia's history, culture, legislation, and to acquire knowledge about the social, educational and health services' system, as well as business opportunities in Latvia.

To better integrate and understand Latvian society, the foreign nationals currently living in Latvia - third-country nationals or immigrants - are invited to apply for integration courses. The courses are for free. Integration courses will take place both on-site and online.

What are Latvia's economy, traditions, values, features compared to other countries in Europe and the world? Where and how can you make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to live successfully in Latvia? Where, in the current virtual environment, can you get to know Latvia's culture? The interesents will receive answers to these and many other questions during the integration courses. Special attention will be paid to the Latvian language - how to study it independently, what are the opportunities and solutions for learning the Latvian language, which are the common-language clubs?

The work of the training course will be organised both as lectures and as practical counselling. The lectures will be led by experience-rich and knowledgeable lecturers. Training language - Latvian, Russian or English.

Applying and more information:

  • in Riga - lecturer coordinator Santa Lāma, e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com, phone: + 371 26599060,
  • in Liepāja - lecturer coordinator Sintija Leigute, e-mail: sintija.leigute@liepu.lv, phone: + 371 29944679
  • in Ventspils - lecturer coordinator Jeļena Semeņenko, e-mail: jelenasem54@gmail.com, phone: + 371 29172071
  • in Jelgava - lecturer coordinator Linda Vovere, e-mail: linda.vovere@inbox.lv, phone: + 371 29433212
  • in Rēzekne - lecturer coordinator Marija Dubicka, e-mail: domu.biedri@inbox.lv, phone: + 371 29414010

    Foreign nationals living in Latvia are welcome to attend courses to get acquainted with Latvia and Latvians. At the end of the courses the certificates will be issued.

    The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.


    Inviting immigrants to free of charge Latvian language courses
    31.01.2021.

    Inviting immigrants to free of charge Latvian language courses (120 academic hours)

    During latvian language courses you:

  • will learn to tell about yourself, family, work, hobbies, or interests
  • will get acquainted with Latvia's culture, history, and traditions
  • will learn the grammar basics
  • will learn or improve the Latvian language together with an inspiring teacher in a binding and effective way!

    The courses will take place at presence, if the national epidemiological security measures will allow, or online

    We invite you to apply because the number of places in the group is limited!

    More information and applying:
    e-mail sadarbibasplatforma@gmail.com

    We will learn latvian language!

    The project "We are Learning Latvian Language" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with "Mensarius" Ltd and Education and Information Services of Riga City within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/6/2021/4/03.


    We are learning Latvian language - courses for foreigners living in Latvia
    03.01.2021.

    To promote the successful integration of persons', who are third-country nationals and legally residing in Latvia - immigrants - into Latvian society, education system and labour market, the society "Cooperation Platform" is implement the project "We are Learning Latvian Language"

    from January to the end of September 2022.

    The aim of the project is to offer and provide immigrants, living in Latvia, with a modern and diverse approach of learning the Latvian language, which will facilitate their integration into the education system, the labour market and help them in everyday communication in Latvia.

    The Latvian language course programme will be introduced and Latvian language courses (120 academic hours) for 20 groups will be organised during the project. The courses are planned to take place in four regions of Latvia, if it will be allowed by national epidemiological security measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 infection.

    It is expected that the Latvian language courses will be acquired by 200 foreign nationals living in Latvia, strengthening their Latvian language skills, and promoting its daily use.

    The total financing of the project is EUR 145 496,00, consisting of funding from the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund financing for period from 2014 - 2020 of 75 % and 25 % co-financing from the national budget.

    The project "We are Learning Latvian Language" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/6/2021/4/03.

    More information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Inviting foreigners living in Liepaja to an exciting simulation game
    25.11.2021.

    On Monday, December 6, 2021, from 10.00 until 14.00, foreigners living in Liepaja and its surroundings, and representatives of the local community are welcome to attend an educational event - the Intercultural Simulation Game.

    The simulation game will focus on building and developing the skills of intercultural dialogue and on relaunching mutual tolerance. Simulations include a simulated model of the real-world process, including a variety of role games that accompany the social situation and are governed by formal rules and actions of play.

    Participation in the simulation game will be an opportunity for everyone to discover new things or facts about themselves and others. In particular, in an intercultural context, identify and understand the prejudices and stereotypes of different cultures, such as religious beliefs, gender roles and gender equality themes. During the game, each player will act in different situations, looking for possible solutions and analysing his/her actions.

    The programme of the awareness-raising event is planned in two parts: the first two hours will be preceded by the Intercultural Simulation Game, during the second part the participants will discuss the gained lessons and feelings. The Simulation Game will be conducted by two experience-rich lecturers: Gunta Kelle and Inese Šubēvica.

    The participation in the Intercultural Simulation Game is for free. The game will take place in Liepaja, Liepaja University premises, Lielā Street 14, but we are inviting all the interesents to apply in advance!

    Applying for the Intercultural Simulation Game and more information - Sintija Leigute - e-mail:
    sintija.leigute@liepu.lv. You are welcome to apply! Number of participants - limited.

    Simulation game will take place in the safe "green" mode - all participants must have a valid Covid-19 vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 certificate.

    The Intercultural Simulation Game on December 6 will take place in the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 4". The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

    More information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258

    Inviting foreign nationals living in Ventspils to apply for free integration courses!
    13.10.2021.

    We are inviting foreign nationals living in Ventspils and around the city to participate in integration courses in which they will be able to explore the most important things about Latvia's history, culture, legislation, and to acquire knowledge about the social, educational and health services' system, as well as business opportunities in Latvia.

    To better integrate and understand Latvian society, the foreign nationals currently living in Latvia - third-country nationals or immigrants - are invited to apply for integration courses. The courses are for free. Integration courses will take place both on-site and online.

    What are Latvia's economy, traditions, values, features compared to other countries in Europe and the world? Where and how can you make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to live successfully in Latvia? Where, in the current virtual environment, can you get to know Latvia's culture? The interesents will receive answers to these and many other questions during the integration courses. Special attention will be paid to the Latvian language - how to study it independently, what are the opportunities and solutions for learning the Latvian language, which are the common-language clubs?

    The work of the training course will be organised both as lectures and as practical counselling. The lectures will be led by experience-rich and knowledgeable lecturers. Training language - Latvian, Russian or English.

    Applying and more information:

    lecturer coordinator Jeļena Semeņenko, e-mail - jelenasem54@gmail.com, phone - + 371 29172071.

    Foreign nationals living in Latvia are welcome to attend courses to get acquainted with Latvia and Latvians. At the end of the courses the certificates will be issued.

    The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.


    Inviting to send sketches' ideas for graffiti mural
    21.09.2021.

    Inviting foreign nationals living in Latvia to apply for free integration courses!

    We are inviting foreign nationals living in Latvia to participate in integration courses in which they will be able to explore the most important things about Latvia's history, culture, legislation, and to acquire knowledge about the social, educational and health services' system, as well as business opportunities in Latvia.

    To better integrate and understand Latvian society, the foreign nationals currently living in Latvia - third-country nationals or immigrants - are invited to apply for integration courses. The courses are for free. Integration courses will take place both on-site and online.

    What are Latvia's economy, traditions, values, features compared to other countries in Europe and the world? Where and how can you make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to live successfully in Latvia? Where, in the current virtual environment, can you get to know Latvia's culture? The interesents will receive answers to these and many other questions during the integration courses. Special attention will be paid to the Latvian language - how to study it independently, what are the opportunities and solutions for learning the Latvian language, which are the common-language clubs?

    The work of the training course will be organised both as lectures and as practical counselling. The lectures will be led by experience-rich and knowledgeable lecturers. Training language - Latvian, Russian or English.

    Applying and more information:

    lecturer coordinator Ramils Kadirovs, e-mail: versante@gmail.com, phone: + 371 26705808.

    Foreign nationals living in Latvia are welcome to attend courses to get acquainted with Latvia and Latvians. At the end of the courses the certificates will be issued.

    The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

    Inviting to participate in the Milk Carton Boats' Regatta in Jelgava and the building of an Integration Boat!
    09.08.2021.

    In the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 4", we are inviting immigrants - third-country nationals and representatives of the local community to participate in the Milk Carton Boats' Regatta and the building of the Integration Boat. The regatta of the milk carton boats will take place in Jelgava on Saturday, 28 August 2021 as part of the General Latvian Milk, Bread and Honey Festival.

    To prepare for the launch in the Milk Carton Boats' Regatta, the project participants are invited to play a creative, active role in advance and to apply for a joint watercraft - Integration Boat - making. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, 24 August at 14.00 in Jelgava, Society Integration Administration premises, on Skolotāju Street 8. Applying and more information: Linda Vovere - e-mail: linda.vovere@inbox.lv, phone: 29433212.

    The Milk Carton Boats' Regatta will take place for the 19th time in Jelgava, in which traditionally companies of attractive family, friends, colleagues and artistic collectives will demonstrate their ingenuity in creating self-made watercraft from dairy packages. The Milk Carton Boats' Regatta will take place in the centre of Jelgava, in the River Driksa.

    On 28 August, together with the Milk Carton Boats' Regatta in Jelgava, on Hercogs Jēkabs Square and the square behind the Culture House, the traditional General Latvian Milk, Bread and Honey Festival will take place, as well as the Latvian Municipalities' Cheese Day for the second time already. The participants will have the opportunity to also visit these events.

    The participants for the Milk Carton Boats' Regatta and the common Integration Boat making are welcome!

    Participation in the Milk Carton Boats' Regatta is one of the project's "Integration ABC - 4" intercultural events. The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

    More information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258

    Inviting immigrants jointly make stop motion animation
    11.06.2021.

    We invite immigrants - third-country nationals and representatives of the local community to participate in a joint stop motion animation section in Riga (the courtyard of the Baltic International Academy, Piedrujas Street) as part of the project "Integration ABC - 4". The animation will be created on two meetings - on June 15 and 17, based on a story written by the participants.

    The stop motion animation technique has become very popular since the rapid development of digital cameras in the early 21st century. An animation short film will be created during the section, ranging from an idea, photography with a variety of modern techniques, editing and finishing with audio processing.

    As experts in creating the animation will participate the artist-designer, animator and graphic designer Dace Liepa, animator, digital animation teacher, image artist Ilze Ruska and animation screenwriter, director Indra Sproģe.

    Animation making section will be one of the contemporary arts activities in the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 4". The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

    More information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Inviting to send sketches' ideas for graffiti mural
    10.06.2021.

    We invite immigrants - third-country nationals - and representatives of the local community to participate in a section of graffiti painting in Riga, as a part of the project "Integration ABC - 4". It will take place on Monday, 21st of June 2021, in Riga, on Piedrujas Street 3. The graffiti mural will complement the surrounding outdoor space, will give a new accent to the environment and delight passers-by.

    Before practical graffiti painting, the interesents are welcome to engage creatively and send their ideas of the graffiti mural to Mihail Kopeikin till June 14, by writing to email: mihailkopeikin@bsa.edu.lv.

    Graffiti is a broad concept, best characterized by the concept of "street art." Graffiti as the direction of a temporal art emerged in the late 1960s in America. At first it formed as a form of "underground" expression, but with time it was also recognised by the arts community. It is a form of art that does not have a cultural barrier, as many differences combine in art.

    A section of the graffiti mural will take place in the framework of the project's "Integration ABC - 4" contemporary arts activities. The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

    More information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258



    Inviting to participate in making an environment object - installation in Ramata
    08.06.2021.

    Two days, on June 10 and 11, 2021, we invite immigrants - third-country nationals - and representatives of the local community to participate in making of the environmental object - installation in Ramata of Mazsalaca Municipality. The environmental object will be made at Ramata Culture Centre and will complement the overall surrounding landscape, will give a new accent and rejoice residents and guests.

    The project's participants will have the opportunity to engage creatively and work actively to jointly make an environmental object - installation of stone and wooden elements, using visualizations developed by the participants. The environmental object will be developed within the framework of the project's "Integration ABC - 4" contemporary arts activities.

    From 7 to 12 June, sculptors will gather into sculpture making in open air in Ramata; it will be an opportunity for all the interesents, who will involve in the creation of an environmental object, to see the works that will have been made in open air and to derive ideas.

    The project "Integration ABC - 4" implements the society "Cooperation Platform" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

    More information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258

    Project, which will continue the integration of immigrants into Latvian society, has started
    21.05.2021.

    To promote the integration of persons, who are third-country nationals and legally resident in Latvia - immigrants into Latvian society, the organization "Cooperation Platform" has been implementing the project "Integration ABC - 4" from April 2021 to September 2022.

    The main tasks of the project are to introduce quality integration course and Latvian language club programmes for immigrants, organise interactive, educational, mutual awareness and integration promoting events for immigrants living in Latvia and representatives of the local community.

    The main activities of the project will include integration courses, lessons at the Latvian Language Club, intercultural events, as well as contemporary art activities.

    Successful integration is possible, if immigrants are given the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge of the history, culture, political situation, and institutions of the local community. The integration courses' participants will explore the fundamental values of Latvia's history and the country, its political system, will acquire knowledge of the social, educational and health services system in Latvia and accessibility, the situation in the labour market, employment, the opportunity to work or build their own business, as well as knowledge of Latvian culture, traditions and skills in the development of intercultural dialogue. During the free of charge integration courses it is planned to train 500 immigrants in the regions of Riga, Zemgale, Kurzeme and Latgale.

    When introducing immigrants to the culture and other peoples living in Latvia, a number of measures, promoting intercultural communication and socialisation will be organised. This year, a "Tradition Day" event is planned at the Great Guild. Immigrants will be invited to attend museums, concerts, exhibitions or shows in Riga, Liepaja and Rezekne together with representatives of the local community. The project participants will be able to engage in a simulation game dedicated to building and developing of the intercultural dialogue skills, as well as to relive mutual tolerance by revealing new things or facts about themselves and others. The joint membership of the participants in 20th International Festival of Milk, Bread and Honey in Jelgava or other large-scale activity in the open area is planned. The project participants will be able to travel on several tours, noting the importance of Old Riga, the House of Blackheads, Latvia's nature, history and culture, as well as the importance of home production. Several joint creative and educational workshops will also take place: crown, Christmas ornaments' making, Latvian skills acquisition workshops and the masterclass in Ebru Art.

    The lessons of the Latvian Language Club will be dedicated to strengthening of the Latvian language skills in an informal and friendly atmosphere, promoting the daily use of language and reducing the speech barrier. The club's activities are also scheduled in all regions of Latvia, involving 200 members.

    During the contemporary cultural events, the immigrants will be invited to engage creatively and actively. For example, in Rezekne, jointly will be created an impromptu theatre show, in Ramata - an environmental object - installation with stone, wooden elements and visualizations developed by participants. During the contemporary plein air painting the participants will form a wall painting in graffiti technique and a "stop motion" animation short film.

    The total financing of the project amounts to EUR 218 375,00 consisting of 75 % funding from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund for the years 2014 - 2020 period and 25 % co-financing of the national budget.

    The project "Integration ABC - 4" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform". The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2020/4/04.

    More information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    28.12.2020.

    Inviting to get acquainted with the Ukrainian culture on December 30

    On Wednesday, December 30 at 17.00, the conversations' evening - meeting online "Cultural Charm" will take place, inviting foreign nationals living in Latvia with their families and representatives of the local community to participate. During the online meeting, the interesents will be able to become more familiar with the traditions and culture of the Ukrainian people.

    Latvia is home to approximately 60 thousand Latvian Ukrainians, half of whom speak Ukrainian language. The largest Ukrainian community lives in Riga. In Riga there is a Ukrainian high school, whose graduates manage Ukrainian and Latvian languages freely. The interest in the Ukrainian culture of Latvia is promoted by public organisations. Ukrainian cultural centres are in Ventspils, Rezekne, Liepaja, Daugavpils and Vangazi.

    The interesents will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the Ukrainian culture and to learn, how Ukrainians live in Latvia and how they manage to maintain and preserve their national traditions. During the online meeting, the conversation with the representative of the Jekabpils Ukrainian Society "Javir" will be held on the lives and activities of the Ukrainians, both in Jekabpils and Latvia.

    The activities "Cultural Charm" are organised to introduce immigrants to the nationalities living in Latvia and to provide the residents with the opportunity to get acquainted with them, to reveal the most vivid features of other cultures and the hidden, invisible cultural facets. Such educational information serves as an assistant to mutual integration processes. The aim of the conversations' evenings is to create a fertile soil for mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue.

    The virtual meeting will take place on Zoom platform. The interesents are welcome to participate! The event is for free! More information: Lauma Celma, e-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com

    The conversations' evenings - meetings online "Cultural Charm" are the project's "Integration ABC -3" events. The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    27.12.2020.

    Inviting to get acquainted with Buryat culture during the virtual event "Cultural Charm" on December 29

    On Tuesday, December 29 at 18.00, the conversations' evening - an online meeting "Cultural Charm" will take place, inviting foreign nationals living in Latvia with their families and representatives of the local community to participate. During the online event, the Buryat Society will introduce with the Buryat nation and culture.

    During the conversations' evening, the interesents will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the cultural traditions, songs, and dances of the Buryats. The participants will be able to see the splendid national costume of Buryats, learn about the special meaning and symbolism of hand towels, and find out about the traditions of Christmas and New Year's Eve - what are the special rituals that bring happiness.

    The activities "Cultural Charm" are organised to introduce immigrants to the nations living in Latvia and to provide the residents with the opportunity to get acquainted with them, to reveal the most vivid features of other cultures and also the hidden, invisible cultural facets. Such educational information serves as an assistant to mutual integration processes. The aim of the conversations' evening is to create a fertile soil for mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue.

    The virtual meeting will take place on Zoom platform. The interesents are welcome to participate! The event is for free!

    The conversations' evenings - meetings online "Cultural Charm" are the project's "Integration ABC -3" events. The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    10.12.2020.

    Inviting integration project participants to "Tolerance Day in Christmas Mood"

    In November, the International Day of Tolerance is celebrated around the world to stir public awareness that tolerance is a tribute to the richness of cultures, the individual's self-expression and forms of expression. To strengthen the understanding of these values, an online event "Tolerance Day in Christmas Mood" will take place online on Wednesday 16 December, at 17.00, as part of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The virtual event will take place on the Zoom platform.

    A virtual discussion on tolerance, musical performances and masterclasses are scheduled online, inviting foreigners - participants of the project "Integration ABC - 3" living in Latvia, all the involved, as well as representatives of the local community to participate in the event.

    The audience of the event will be greeted by the musical performance of the songwriter Arnis Miltins and the address of the head of the project "Integration ABC - 3" and the Board Chairwoman of the society "Cooperation Platform" - Lauma Celma.

    The most serious part of the online event will be the discussion on tolerance one hour long, by sharing our thoughts and views on how tolerant we are in Latvia, and how other cultural representatives feel in Latvia. Together, we will explore the experience stories of the participants of the project "Integration ABC - 3" and the assessment of the positive and negative features in Latvian society. Participants from Riga, Rezekne, Liepaja and Jelgava, the Information Centre's for Immigrants lawyers and representatives of the local community will participate in the discussion. The discussion will be led by Inese Subevica, lecturer of the project "Integration ABC - 3".

    During the second part of the event from 18.00 to 18.30 the participants will have the opportunity to enjoy musical and dance performances - the ritual dance and greeting from the association "Badarhāns" will be sent by its leader Natalia Siberga and will enjoy the greeting and musical performance in Winter Solstice mood from the Latvian tradition researcher and trainee Gunta Saule. The online event will conclude with the video of Karlis Kazaks' and Diana Kacane's hearty co-song "Between Others in Voices in their Own".

    The third part of the event, the masterclass "How do you feel Christmas?" will not take place online, but on an individual basis, in the home and households of project participants. The representatives of each of the participating cities - Riga, Rezekne, Liepaja and Jelgava - will have the opportunity to participate in these masterclasses, to act creatively, to conjure up their Christmas feelings and to share the traditions of celebrating these holidays in their culture. Candle-casting workshops will take place in Riga, Liepaja and Jelgava, while in Rezekne - a loom knitting workshop. The informative materials and materials needed for the masterclasses will be distributed individually to each project participant, who will have contacted the coordinator of the group in advance.

    All the project's "Integration ABC - 3" participants and the local community representatives are welcome to participate in the event "Tolerance Day in Christmas Mood". The event is for free! A link to the event platform will be sent to those interested in advance.

    The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    09.12.2020.

    Inviting to virtual meeting "Cultural Charm" to get acquainted with Russian cultural traditions in Jelgava, on December 17

    On Thursday, December 17 at 17.00, the conversations' evening "Cultural Charm" - an online meeting, inviting foreign nationals living in Latvia with their families and representatives of the local community, will take place. During the online meeting the interesents will learn more about the Russian culture, its history and the maintenance of traditions in Jelgava. The virtual meeting will take place on Zoom platform.

    The origins of Russian culture in Jelgava started on 9 November 1865, when the Russian club "Kružok" was organised, the founding members of which were merchants, employees of the governorate's chancellery and the Russian army officials. The Russian Community of Latvia was formed in Riga in 1991, while Jelgava formed a section of the Russian Community of Latvia on 14 May 1992, the Chairman of which was Raisa Kozacenko, but the secretary - Mihail Rjabov - both were Jelgava Council councillors at that time. At the time of historically difficult times, the community brought together Russian people, saved and developed Russian language and culture, passed it on to the new generation. Following the re-registration of associations, the Jelgava section of the Russian Community of Latvia became legally and financially independent in 2004 and turned into Jelgava Russian Society "Istok" in 2005. The ensemble "Slavjanočka" was created under the auspices of the society, which still delights listeners and viewers not only in Jelgava, but in whole Latvia and even beyond country borders. Since 2014, the Russian Society of Jelgava "Istok", has been headed by Snezana Zenovjeva. The society "Istok" works successfully with Jelgava Council, the municipal authority "Kultūra" and other public organisations in Latvia and abroad.

    In 2018, a children's dance studio "Fresh", a poet association "Egida" and a handicraft club led by L.Rinkuna were established. Since its founding, the Jelgava Russian Society "Istok" has been organizing the Russian Culture Week every year in the city. Although the world has changed in the meantime, traditionally the Russian Culture Week is based on the national values. The Russian Culture Week - it is not just a culturally-historical tradition, but an example of intergenerational inheritance. The events, which take place during this week, help to preserve and develop Russian language and traditions by giving children and grandchildren pride in belonging to the powerful Russian culture. During the 25 years, the Russian Society of Jelgava "Istok" has participated and organised numerous thematic contests and events, including: "Tatiana Day", "The Birth of Christ", "Masļenica", "Silver Age Poetry and Romances", "M.Lermontov Poetry", "In Memory of V.Visocky" ", "Sports Day", "March 8" and many other events.

    The event "Cultural Charm" is organised to introduce immigrants with the nations living in Latvia and also to provide the local residents with the opportunity to get acquainted with them, to reveal the most vivid features of other cultures and also the hidden, invisible cultural facets, which would help in mutual integration processes as an educational information. The aim of such conversations' evening is also to ensure the mutual understanding and the development of intercultural dialogue.

    The interesents are welcome to participate! The event is free of charge!

    The conversations' evening - meeting online "Cultural Charm" is the project's "Integration ABC -3" event. The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    04.12.2020.

    Inviting to online event to learn about Christmas traditions

    On Wednesday, 9 December 2020 at 11.00, the foreigners living in Latvia with their families, and representatives of the local community, are welcome to an online intercultural event, in which the participants will find out of the most important celebration of Latvian annual traditions - Christmas. The event will take place online on Zoom platform.

    The event will be hosted by Gunta Saule, the member of the Katlakalns' folklore group "Rāmupe", presenting the place of Christmas at the turn of the year - as Latvians bless the return of the Sun, what are the main symbols of the festival - Yule log, wolf and goat, pig head, 9 days, food, "puzuri" and others. The audience will also find out what "Bluķa vakars" (Log's evening) is, how and what happens in it, what kind of songs and games were sung and played during the winter solstice. There will also be stories of the masquerading traditions on Christmas time, the masks' images and stories, and an important part of the festival - a feast.

    In order to gain insight into the traditions and cultural characteristics of other nations, the participants will be invited to introduce Christmas traditions in their country, or to tell a tale, saying, belief or sing a song.

    You are welcome to participate!

    Applying to the event and more information: by phone: 26599060 or e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com.

    A link to the event platform will be sent a day in advance to the interesents, who will have applied.

    The event is one of the intercultural activities' cycle in the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.


    24.11.2020.

    Inviting to creative lesson "Pearl Crown and Jewellery Workshop" on November 27

    On Friday, 27 November, 2020 at 15.00 the foreigners living in Latvia with their families, and representatives of the local community are welcome to attend the creative lesson "Pearl Crown and Jewellery Workshop". It will take place in Riga, Perses Street 9/11, (door code 10) on the 4th floor.

    During the exciting workshop, the participants will have a chance to make glamorous pearl crowns and jewellery. A variety of materials will be used in one jewellery piece, indulging in a fantasy. The participants will have an opportunity to supplement the pearl crowns with a variety of accessories and create their most beautiful jewellery.

    The participation is free of charge.

    Everyone is welcome to participate! Number of participants is limited.

    Applying for workshop and more information by phone: 26599060 or e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com.

    The creative lesson "Pearl Crown and Jewellery Workshop" is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3", where foreigners living in Latvia participate to become acquainted with the Latvians, Latvian culture and society. The previous workshops have already earned positive feedback from the participants.

    The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.


    14.10.2020.

    Inviting to Turaida Museum Reserve

    To get closer to the nature, history, and annual traditional celebrations of Latvia, on Saturday, 24 October 2020, the third-country nationals and representatives of the local community are invited to Turaida Museum Reserve, one of the Latvia's most visited museums.

    The participants will be able to take tours accompanied by guides and to get closer to the role of Gauja Livs in the cultural history of Latvia, to visit the medieval palace of Turaida, Turaida Manor, Folk Songs' Park, Dainu Mountain and Song Garden. There will also be an opportunity to learn interactively about the Latvian annual traditions. The tours will take place in Russian and English languages.

    Only the project participants are invited to participate in the tour! The participation is free of charge. The number of visitors is limited.

    Only those interesents, who will apply to regional coordinators, will be able to participate.

    Applying and more information:
    Riga
    Ramils Kadirovs - e-mail: versante@gmail.com, phone: 26705808
    Santa Lāma - e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com, phone: 25884776

    Rezekne
    Marija Zeltiņa - e-mail: domu.biedri@inbox.lv, phone: 29414010

    Jelgava
    Linda Vovere - e-mail: linda.vovere@inbox.lv, phone: 29433212

    Liepaja
    Līga Krēsliņa - e-mail: ligad@inbox.lv, phone: 28452124

    The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    09.10.2020.

    The International Nations' Friendship Festival will take place in Riga

    On Saturday, 17 October 2020, from 12.00 to 16.00, the International Nations' Friendship Festival will take place at the Baltic International Academy (Lomonosova Street 4, Riga). All interesents and those close to Eastern culture are invited to visit a four-hour glorious and diverse programme.

    At the beginning of the festival, from 12.00 to 13.00, the visitors are invited to watch the demonstrations of Turkish ebru artists and to participate in masterclasses, drawing and painting on the surface of the water.

    At 13.00 a glamorous concert will start designed as a parade of different nations' cultural values. Songs and dances - similar and different - will allow you to realise the essential that permeates every nation's culture and traditions. The concert will be attended by representatives of different nations - Tartars, Bashkirs, Yakuts, Turks, Georgians, Kabardians, Jews, Latvians, Estonians, Cossacks, Indians, and others, presenting the visitors their folk melodies and dance footsteps. Both, folk and modern music will sound, dance groups and individual artists will perform. The concert will be accompanied by gnostic contests in which everyone will be able to check their knowledge of geography, history, culture and get a delicious surprise award.

    At the end of the festival at 15.00 the visitors will be able to indulge in the magic of taste - tasting the surprises of national kitchens.

    During the whole event, a wide variety of national costumes and masterclasses will be available, with a view to the culture, traditions, and crafts of different nations. During the event, the exhibition of the Traditional Applied Art Studio "Rīdze" (leader Maris Maninsh) will be open.

    In parallel to the cultural programme, the foreigners living in Latvia are invited to take advantage of the opportunity and to receive free advice on social and legal issues from professional lawyers - consultants of the Information Centre for Immigrants.

    The participation in the festival is for free! All the interesents are welcome!

    The festival is supported by the Baltic International Academy, in its' organising, activities and information distribution the Riga higher education institutions and student self-governments have been involved.

    The International Nations' Friendship Festival is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:

    Festival's initiator and coordinator Ramil Kadirov
    Phone: +371 26705808
    E-mail: versante@gmail.com

    Project Manager Lauma Celma,
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    29.09.2020.

    Inviting to conversations' evening "Culture Charm" in Jelgava on October 2

    On Friday, October 2, the conversations' evening "Culture Charm" will take place at 17.00, at Jelgava City Society Integration Administration (Jelgava, Skolotāju Street 8) for foreign nationals living in Latvia with their families and representatives of the local community. During this evening, the participants will be able to get to know the Chinese culture and learn one of the oldest Chinese customs - the art of tea drinking.

    The event will last for approximately 3 hours and will be divided into 2 parts. In the first part, the visitors of the event will be able to get acquainted with the Chinese culture, history and, perhaps, even make an item for themselves as a memory from the event. The second part of the event will include the Chinese tea-drinking arts masterclass, where it will be possible to enjoy tea from a genuine Chinese service.

    The event is organised to help the immigrants to integrate into the Latvian environment and to give the local citizens the opportunity to get acquainted with the newcomers, to discover the most vivid features of other cultures, and also the hidden, invisible cultural features, which would help in mutual integration processes as information of a statement. The aim of this evening is also to ensure mutual understanding, the formation of intercultural dialogue, and to promote the acquisition and use of the Latvian language in the public area among immigrants.

    The event will be held in English and Latvian languages. The event is for free!

    The registration of the participants will be carried out in the application sequence, in accordance with the principles of equality, and will be closed as soon as the planned number of participants will be reached. For the participation in the event, please, apply by phone number 29433212.

    The conversations' evening "Culture Charm" is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    27.07.2020.

    Inviting to inquire about Māra in Latvian folklore and mythology during the intercultural event on August 7

    On Friday, 7 August 2020 at 16.00, all the foreigners living in Latvia with their families and representatives of the local community are welcome to the second intercultural event, devoted to one of the most important deities in the Latvian mythology - Māra. The event will take place in Riga, Pērses Street 9/11, (door code 10) on the 4th floor.

    The event will be hosted by the members of the Katlakalns folklore set "Rāmupe". On the contents of the event tells the member of "Rāmupe" Gunta Saule: "We are always thinking about our existence on earth, about our life here and now. About its relationship with nature. On the relationship of everyone to nature because we live on nature - our food is of natural origin. August is special in nature and rural life because it already shows what harvest is - we can already see how generous the sun, rain and other natural conditions have been for us. In antiquity, when people were much more dependent on exactly what was growing in the fields, the deities that had been chosen for human support and a source of power, were very important. In our, Latvian, mythical, and spiritual grasp of the world, we can call Māra as a mother of nature. The supervisor of our local world. Māra looks after our lives and health. And after natural life and health. Māra has her cows and her cereal fields. However, Māra also owns forests, meadows, shrubs, the sea, rivers, roads, and everything we are connected with every day. In our lesson, we will talk and sing about Māra and will meet her world."

    In order to gain insight into the traditions and cultural characteristics of other nations, the foreigners living in Latvia will be invited to introduce similar deities, paying homage to them in their land and country, or to tell a national tale, saying, belief, or sing a song.

    Participation is for free.

    We welcome to participate! Number of participants is limited.

    Applying to the event and more information: phone: +371 26599060 or e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com.

    The event is one of the intercultural activities' cycle in the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    23.07.2020.

    Inviting foreigners living in Latvia to interest and together-creating events in Rezekne

    In order to promote the inclusion of foreign nationals living in Latvia in the society, the third-country nationals and representatives of the local community are welcome to joint interest and creation events in Latgale - Rezekne, as part of the project "Integration ABC - 3". At the end of July and in August, a series of events are expected in the events cycle "Meeting at a Tea Cup", introducing the culture and traditions of Latvians and other nations, along with the folklore friends' group "Vīteri" and its leader Sandra Stare.

    During the events, the special attention will be paid particularly to tea - a drink used worldwide. However, different nations have both, similar and different tea-drinking traditions and customs. The visitors will have the opportunity to investigate the habits and traditions of some nations on 5 tea afternoons - both, in tea making and drinking, and in values characterising the culture. There will be a narration at each meeting, practical lessons will follow, and joint singing and playing of games.

    Programme of the "Let's meet at a Cup of Tea" cycle:

  • 29 July - "Annual traditions in Latvia, table songs and tea in Latvian tastes";
  • 3 August - "Table songs in Latgalian language, tea drinking with the herbal medicine specialist Rozalija Mezatuca, fireweed fermented tea, "Latgale gold";
  • 10 August - "Table songs and tea in Indian tastes";
  • 17 August - "Table songs and tea in Slavic traditions - Ukrainians, Russians, Belarusians";
  • 24 August - "Table songs and tea in Polish traditions, playing and dancing".

    All the events will take place at the premises of the theatre "Joriks" in Rezekne, Atbrīvošanas Alley 97, beginning - at 16.00.

    Another special event will take place on 29 July - at 15.30 an exhibition of the works created during the plein air painting will be opened in the premises of the theatre "Joriks". The participants of the project "Integration ABC - 3" jointly acquired and developed drawing and painting skills. Now this exhibition will be available to a wider audience.

    We are inviting to apply in advance for the events! Registration of participants for the events will be performed in the application sequence. Entry - for free.

    Applying for the events and more information: Marija Dubicka, phone: +371 29414010, e-mail: domu.biedri@inbox.lv

    The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.


    08.06.2020.

    Inviting to Midsummer's Eve celebration event on June 12

    On Friday, 12 June 2020 from 16.00 to 17.30 the foreigners living in Latvia with families and representatives of the local community are welcome to the Midsummer's Eve celebration event. It will take place in Riga, Perses Street 9/11, (door code 10) on the 4th floor.

    The Midsummer Day Jāņi is coming. In the Northern Hemisphere of our globe, it is summer solstice - the most beautiful time when everything thrives, blooms and smells in nature. The sun rises above the sky over the course of the day, the days are the longest and nights - the shortest. Many people are particularly celebrating and enjoying this festival. Also, in Latvia. The Latvian oldest traditions of Jāņi celebration are particularly beautiful. Many of them have remained from the old times, such as the preparation long before the festival itself.

    The event on June 12 will also be a preparation for festivities - we will wreath, learn a simple Jāņi song - a Līgo song, a dance, or a game, which will be useful when celebrating Jāņi. Will find out what the traditional Jāņi dishes and drinks are. The knowledge of Jāņi celebration traditions will be shared by the members of the Katlakalns' folklore group "Rāmupe".

    To gain insight into the traditions of other nations, the foreigners living in Latvia will be invited to introduce the annual festivities in their countries and states, or to tell a tale of their people, or sing a song.

    Participation is for free.

    We welcome to participate! Number of participants is limited.

    Applying to the workshop and more information: phone 26599060 or e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com.

    The Midsummer's Eve celebration event is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.


    02.06.2020.

    Inviting to a creative beading workshop on June 5

    On Friday, 5th June 2020 from 16.00 to 19.00 the foreigners living in Latvia with families and representatives of the local community are welcome to attend an educational, creative lesson - a beading workshop. It will take place in Riga, Pērses Street 9/11, (door code 10) on the 4th floor.

    Beading is like a miraculous world full of pearls of different colours, decorative glassware, buttons, ribbons, pieces of bright fabrics. By assembling these gorgeous, beautiful little trinkets in an ornamental pattern, a surprise can be obtained - every time a different jewellery. It is a creative process, and the possibility of bringing out new and new ideas is the most binding aspect of embroidering pearls. There are no two equal pieces of hand-made jewellery in the world. In addition, beading is also a great way of forgetting the daily stress and the rush to get to know yourself and your feelings. Many other things could be embroidered - bags, wallets, belt earrings, rings, brooks, cutters, bracelets, etc. There are a lot of opportunities, just let a whale's fantasy and the fun of work.

    In an exciting workshop, we will learn the basics of beading technique and will learn to make a lovely bracelet with our own hands.

    Participation is for free.

    We welcome to participate! Number of participants is limited.

    Applying to the workshop and more information: phone 26599060 or e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com.

    The creative beading workshop is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.


    16.05.2020.

    On May 20 inviting to a workshop to create mouth and nose covers

    On Wednesday, 20 May 2020, from 16.30 to 19.30 the foreigners living in Latvia with families and representatives of the local community are welcome to attend a creative lesson - workshop for the making of mouth and nose covers. The workshop will take place in Riga, Perses Street 9/11, (door code 10) on the 4th floor.

    In the context of national protective measures and the decision taken that passengers will be obliged to wear mouth and nose covers in the public transport; we offer to make such covers with our own forces. During one workshop you can learn basic skills and get information how to creative a wonderful protective mask with your own hands. Each participant of the workshop will be able to fit into the role of the artist and make a daily face cover for both, himself and his/her closest.

    In the creative workshop programme:

  • cover materials,
  • different techniques for the making of masks.

    You are welcome to apply! The participation is for free. The number of participants is limited.

    Applying for workshop and more information through phone: +371 26599060 or email: laama.santa@gmail.com.

    The workshop on May 20 will be the one in a series of events of common interest entitled "I and You = We". More lessons will follow, inviting for creative and practical work and learning new skills. Such educational events in a creative atmosphere are organised to promote joint links and communication between third-country nationals and Latvian society.

    The workshop for the making of mouth and nose covers is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    More information:
    Santa Lama, phone: 26599060
    E-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com
    https://www.mensarius.lv/index.php/lv/

    28.04.2020.

    Invite foreign nationals (non EU citizens) living in Latvia to use the Covid-19 crisis time efficiently – to participate in the free of charge online integration courses about about Latvia's culture, history, legislation , social, educational and health services system and getting these services, as well as business and job opportunities in Latvia.

    Special attention - how to survive during the Covid-19 pandemic - how and where to find crisis aid (for business, humans),how to submit documents to institutions, how to use the electronic signature, what does working remotely mean, where to turn for assistance if a company stops its work, how to obtain an idle allowance? Also we will work with your questions.

    Cooordinator: Ramil Kadyrov, versante@gmail.com,+371 26705808 (whatsapp)

    Registration form

    We will start free of charge online Integration course when will be at least 15 applications


    17.04.2020.

    We invite foreign nationals living in Latvia to apply for online integration courses

    We invite foreign nationals living in Latvia to use the Covid-19 crisis time efficiently and fertile - to participate in online integration courses, in which it will be possible to explore the most significant things about Latvia's history, culture, legislation and knowledge of the social, educational and health services system, as well as business opportunities in Latvia.

    In order to better integrate and understand Latvian society, foreign nationals currently living in Latvia - third-country nationals or immigrants are invited to apply for integration courses. The courses are free of charge.

    Special attention in the lecture programme is given to the situation connected with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic - how and where to find crisis aid, how to submit documents to institutions, how to use the electronic signature, what does working remotely mean, where to turn for assistance if a company stops its work, how to obtain an idle allowance?

    What are Latvia's economy, traditions, values, features compared to other countries in Europe and the world? Where and how can you make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to live successfully in Latvia? Where, in the current virtual environment, can you get the information about Latvia's culture? The interesents will receive answers to these and many other questions in integration courses.

    The attention will also be paid to Latvian language - how to study it independently, what are the opportunities and solutions for learning Latvian, what are the colloquial speech clubs?

    The remote training will be organised both, as lectures and as practical consultations. The online lecture will be conducted by experience-rich and knowledgeable lecturers. Training languages - Latvian, Russian or English.

    The integration courses will take place online on project Integration's ABC Facebook account (closed group).

    Applying and more information:

    Lecture coordinator Ramils Kadirovs, e-mail: versante@gmail.com, phone: 26705808,
    lecture coordinator Santa Lāma, e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com, phone: 26599060.

    We welcome foreign nationals living in Latvia to attend courses in order to find out more about Latvia and Latvians. At the end of the courses the certificates will be issued.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    27.03.2020.

    We invite foreigners living in Latvia - imigrants to apply for virtual integration course lessons.

    Only briefly did the events with the spread of the Covid-19 virus stoped the activities of project Integration ABC - 3. We are continuing activities and moving to another form of training - training in the digital environment.

    The participation is free of charge. You are welcome to apply! The number of participants is limited.

    The application for courses and more information by phone: +371 26599060 or e-mail: santa@mensariuss.lv

    The creative decoupage workshop is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.


    28.02.2020.

    Inviting to a creative workshop of decoupage on March 6

    On Friday, March 6, 2020 from 16.00 to 19.00 foreigners, living in Latvia with families, and representatives of the local community are welcome to attend an educational, creative lesson - a workshop of decoupage. It will take place in Riga, Perses Street 9/11, (door code 10) on the 4th floor.

    Decoupage (ancient decoration technique) is an interesting and surprising method of designing different objects. It's a decorative technique used to decorate practically anything - porcelain, plastic, wood, paper, glass and even fabric. Using of the right working materials - furniture, container sets, wooden boxes and even footwear and clothing - brings a new and unique value.

    Decoupage technique is excellent because you don't have to be able to draw, and the process is not irreversible, because it is possible to create a composition that seems most suitable for the subject. Decoupage allows anyone to feel fit into the role of an artist. You can learn basic skills and get information during one lesson, so you can create wonderful jobs with your own hands. At the time, each will make a practicable object.

    In the creative lesson's programme:

  • basic materials and techniques of decoupage,
  • design of household objects.

    During the fascinating lesson, we will learn the basics of decoupage technique, will learn to create adorable dishes and interior accessories with our own hands, and will let the interior articles live a second life.

    The participation is free of charge.

    You are welcome to apply! The number of participants is limited.

    The application for workshop and more information by phone: +371 25884776

    or e-mail: laama.santa@gmail.com.

    The workshop on March 6 will be the first in a series of events of common interest entitled "I and You = We". 4 more lessons will follow, inviting for creative and practical work and learning new skills. Such educational events in a creative atmosphere are organised to promote joint links and communication between third-country nationals and Latvian society.

    The creative decoupage workshop is the event of the project "Integration ABC - 3". The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    14.02.2020.

    Inviting for joint interest and together-creating events in Liepaja and Ventspils

    Third-country nationals and representatives of the local community are welcome to joint interest and together-creating events in Kurzeme region - Liepaja and Ventspils.

    From February to mid-June, a series of events will be organised to show Latvia's culture and traditions:

  • February 19 at 18.00 in Liepaja - celebrating of the Shrovetide (Metenis) together with the folklore group "Atštaukas".
  • March 18 at 18.00 in Ventspils - celebrating of the Great Day (peasants' celebration) together with the folklore group "Atštaukas". The narrator Līga Reitere will participate, introducing medicine teas, vargan playing, shaman drums and dialects.
  • From March 19 until the summer, every Thursday at 18.00 in Liepaja, the programme's "Austra's Children" rehearsals will take place in Austra's Room to perform at the event. The concert programme will be prepared in cooperation with Austra's Society; the performances will be staged by the Society's representative Simona Rača.
  • March 28 at 19.00 in Liepaja - the joint visiting of the multi-media concert show "Seasons" (Gadalaiki) in concert hall "Great Amber".
  • April 9 at 18.00 in Liepaja - celebrating of Easter together with the folklore group "Atštaukas".
  • May 6 at 18.00 in Liepaja - the White Day celebration together with the folklore group "Atštaukas", introducing the White Tablecloth Day, christening and wedding traditions.
  • May 17 at 12.00 - excursion through Liepaja. In the programme: the historic part of Liepaja, Karosta, St. Anna Lutheran Church, Latvian musicians' glory alley and other remarkable places.
  • June 18 at 18.00 - celebrating of Summer solstice together with the folklore group "Atštaukas".

    We're inviting to apply! Registration of participants for events will be carried out in the application sequence!

    Application for the events and more information: Līga Krēsliņa,
    e-mail: ligad@inbox.lv, phone: +371 28452124.

    The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    04.02.2020.

    Last year, 243 foreigners living in Latvia attended integration courses

    In order to promote the inclusion of foreigners - third-country nationals and immigrants living in Latvia into the Latvian society, the organisation "Cooperation Platform" has been implementing the project "Integration ABC - 3" since autumn 2019. As part of the project, last year in Riga and four other cities in Latvia - Liepaja, Rezekne, Jelgava and Cesis - free training - integration courses were organised.

    In order to get to know closer Latvia and Latvians, the integration courses by the end of December last year attended 14 groups of 243 foreigners: in Riga - 9 groups, 156 members, Liepaja - 2 groups, 36 members, Cesis - 1 group, 20 members, Rezekne - 1 group, 16 members and Jelgava - 1 group, 15 members.

    Among the visitors of the integration course were representatives from 30 countries: Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Serbia, China, Mongolia, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Yemen, Pakistan, Israel, Egypt, Algeria, Syria, USA, Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Australia and New Zealand.

    The content of the courses is designed to help third-country nationals and immigrants focus on basic issues about Latvia's country, political situation, history, culture and traditions, and in practical and mundane life situations. The main interest among participants in integration courses was caused by the topic of starting a business in Latvia and the practical issues related to it.

    In January and February 2020, free courses are continuing in all regions of Latvia, and the foreigners interested in are invited to apply. It is planned that the project "Integration ABC - 3" will train 750 foreign nationals living in Latvia in total. In order to find out more about the content, duration and lecturers of the courses, all the interested are invited to contact the training coordinators in Riga, Liepaja, Jelgava and Rezekne.

    The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    05.12.2019.

    Training for third-country nationals and immigrants took place in Zemgale region this autumn. The integration courses in Jelgava were attended by 15 foreign nationals living in Latvia, including a Turk, Indian, Kazakh, Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian, 3 Georgians, 2 Azerbaijani and 4 Syrians.

    The visitors of the course gained insight into the history of Latvia, the political system, the economy, became aware of the situation in the labour market, employment, learned of opportunities to work or build their own business, and got new knowledge and impression on Latvian culture and traditions!

    In January 2020, training in Jelgava will continue, and third-country nationals and immigrants already living in Latvia are invited to apply for integration courses!

    Applying and more information:

    Lecture coordinator Linda Vovere, linda.vovere@inbox.lv, phone: +371 29433212.

    The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Integration courses' participants are invited to the event at the Latvian National Museum of Art
    26.10.2019.

    In order to present Latvian culture and its values to the foreigners, living in Latvia, a few days before the national holidays, on Saturday, November 16, 2019 the event "Intercultural Day" will take place at the Latvian National Museum of Art (Jaņa Rozentāla Square 1, Riga). Third country nationals and immigrants - the participants of the project "Integration ABC - 3" from Rezekne, Jelgava, Cesis, Liepāja and Riga and the local community representatives are invited to participate.

    In the first part of the event at 14.00 the participants will be invited to a meeting at a teacup, in which the participants will get acquainted with the tea drinking traditions in Latvia, and will be able to tell about their country's tea drinking and guest reception habits. In the mood of the upcoming birthday of Latvia, the participants will see a short film about important symbols and fundamental values of Latvia. The folklore group "Siguldieši" will welcome the guests with the musical performance, will demonstrate the Latvian national costume, will tell about the celebration of the traditional festivals, and will invite everyone to dance and play.

    In the second part of the event from 15.00 to 16.00 the participants of the event will have guided tours that will introduce with the Latvian National Museum of Art, which stores significant cultural and artistic values of Latvia. The tours will pass through all of the most significant "stops" telling of the building's history, architecture and the context of the era. It will be a story of more than a century, beginning with the idea of the need for an art museum in Baltics and resulting with the ambitious reconstruction of the building in years 2013 - 2015. The participants will have an opportunity to see the permanent exhibition of the museum, to track the overall picture of Latvian art history throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and to get to know the most important artists and their artworks. The tours will take place in English and Russian languages.

    The number of participants is limited.

    The event is for free!

    The project "Integration ABC- 3" within the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society "Cooperation Platform" in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Immigrants living in Latvia are invited to free integration courses in Riga
    23.09.2019.

    In order to promote the inclusion of persons, who are third-country nationals and who are legally residents in Latvia (immigrants) in Latvian society, free of charge lessons - integration courses will take place in Riga and other Riga region places into the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 3".

    The participants of the integration courses will explore the fundamental values of Latvia's history and the country, its political system, acquire knowledge of the social, educational and health services system in Latvia and accessibility, will get to know the situation in the labour market, employment, the opportunities to work or build their own business, as well as knowledge of Latvian culture, traditions and skills in the development of intercultural dialogue.

    What are Latvia's economics, traditions, values, features compared to other countries in Europe and the world? Where and how can you make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to live successfully in Latvia? To these and many other questions the participants will receive answers in integration courses. The training will be organised as lectures and practical consultations. The courses will be led by experience-rich and knowledgeable lecturers. Training languages -Latvian, Russian or English - interpreters of other languages will be invited, if necessary.

    In Riga the integration courses will start on October 8, 2019 at 18.00.

    Application and more information:

    courses' coordinator Ramils Kadirovs, e-mail: versante@gmail.com , phone: 26705808,

    courses' coordinator Ilze Norvaiša, e-mail: norvaisailze@gmail.com, phone: 29812232.

    To find out more about the content, duration and lecturers of the courses, please, contact the courses' coordinator.

    We warmly welcome the foreign nationals living in Latvia to attend the courses, in order to get to know Latvia and Latvians! The integration courses are for free. At the end of the courses the certificates will be issued.

    The project "Integration ABC - 3" is implemented by the society "Cooperation Platform" in the framework the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Immigrants living in Latvia are invited to free integration courses in Rezekne
    23.09.2019.

    In order to promote the inclusion of persons, who are third-country nationals and who are legally residents in Latvia (immigrants) in Latvian society, free of charge lessons - integration courses will take place in Rezekne and other Latgale towns into the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 3".

    The participants of the integration courses will explore the fundamental values of Latvia's history and the country, its political system, acquire knowledge of the social, educational and health services system in Latvia and accessibility, will get to know the situation in the labour market, employment, the opportunities to work or build their own business, as well as knowledge of Latvian culture, traditions and skills in the development of intercultural dialogue.

    What are Latvia's economics, traditions, values, features compared to other countries in Europe and the world? Where and how can you make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to live successfully in Latvia? To these and many other questions the participants will receive answers in integration courses. The training will be organised as lectures and practical consultations. The courses will be led by experience-rich and knowledgeable lecturers. Training languages -Latvian, Russian or English - interpreters of other languages will be invited, if necessary.

    In Rezekne the integration courses will start on October 12, 2019 at 10.00.

    Application and more information:

    courses' coordinator Sanda Kauliņa, e-mail: sanda.kaulina@ru.lv , phone: 26443176.

    To find out more about the content, duration and lecturers of the courses, please, contact the courses' coordinator.

    We warmly welcome the foreign nationals living in Latvia to attend the courses, in order to get to know Latvia and Latvians! The integration courses are for free. At the end of the courses the certificates will be issued.

    The project "Integration ABC - 3" is implemented by the society "Cooperation Platform" in the framework the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Immigrants living in Latvia are invited to free integration courses in Liepaja
    23.09.2019.

    In order to promote the inclusion of persons, who are third-country nationals and who are legally residents in Latvia (immigrants) in Latvian society, free of charge lessons - integration courses will take place in Liepaja and other Kurzeme towns into the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 3".

    The participants of the integration courses will explore the fundamental values of Latvia's history and the country, its political system, acquire knowledge of the social, educational and health services system in Latvia and accessibility, will get to know the situation in the labour market, employment, the opportunities to work or build their own business, as well as knowledge of Latvian culture, traditions and skills in the development of intercultural dialogue.

    What are Latvia's economics, traditions, values, features compared to other countries in Europe and the world? Where and how can you make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to live successfully in Latvia? To these and many other questions the participants will receive answers in integration courses. The training will be organised as lectures and practical consultations. The courses will be led by experience-rich and knowledgeable lecturers. Training languages -Latvian, Russian or English - interpreters of other languages will be invited, if necessary.

    In Liepaja the integration courses will start on October 12, 2019 at 10.00.

    Application and more information:

    courses' coordinator Sintija Leigute, e-mail: sintija.leigute@liepu.lv, phone: 29944679.

    To find out more about the content, duration and lecturers of the courses, please, contact the courses' coordinator.

    We warmly welcome the foreign nationals living in Latvia to attend the courses, in order to get to know Latvia and Latvians! The integration courses are for free. At the end of the courses the certificates will be issued.

    The project "Integration ABC - 3" is implemented by the society "Cooperation Platform" in the framework the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Immigrants living in Latvia are invited to free integration courses in Jelgava
    23.09.2019.

    In order to promote the inclusion of persons, who are third-country nationals and who are legally residents in Latvia (immigrants) in Latvian society, free of charge lessons - integration courses will take place in Jelgava and other Zemgale towns into the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 3".

    The participants of the integration courses will explore the fundamental values of Latvia's history and the country, its political system, acquire knowledge of the social, educational and health services system in Latvia and accessibility, will get to know the situation in the labour market, employment, the opportunities to work or build their own business, as well as knowledge of Latvian culture, traditions and skills in the development of intercultural dialogue.

    What are Latvia's economics, traditions, values, features compared to other countries in Europe and the world? Where and how can you make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to live successfully in Latvia? To these and many other questions the participants will receive answers in integration courses. The training will be organised as lectures and practical consultations. The courses will be led by experience-rich and knowledgeable lecturers. Training languages -Latvian, Russian or English - interpreters of other languages will be invited, if necessary.

    In Jelgava the integration courses will start on October 22, 2019 at 16.00.

    Application and more information:

    courses' coordinator Linda Vovere, e-mail: linda.vovere@inbox.lv , phone: 29433212.

    To find out more about the content, duration and lecturers of the courses, please, contact the courses' coordinator.

    We warmly welcome the foreign nationals living in Latvia to attend the courses, in order to get to know Latvia and Latvians! The integration courses are for free. At the end of the courses the certificates will be issued.

    The project "Integration ABC - 3" is implemented by the society "Cooperation Platform" in the framework the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Immigrants living in Latvia are invited to free integration courses in Cesis
    23.09.2019.

    In order to promote the inclusion of persons, who are third-country nationals and who are legally residents in Latvia (immigrants) in Latvian society, free of charge lessons - integration courses will take place in Cesis and other Vidzeme towns into the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 3".

    The participants of the integration courses will explore the fundamental values of Latvia's history and the country, its political system, acquire knowledge of the social, educational and health services system in Latvia and accessibility, will get to know the situation in the labour market, employment, the opportunities to work or build their own business, as well as knowledge of Latvian culture, traditions and skills in the development of intercultural dialogue.

    What are Latvia's economics, traditions, values, features compared to other countries in Europe and the world? Where and how can you make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to live successfully in Latvia? To these and many other questions the participants will receive answers in integration courses. The training will be organised as lectures and practical consultations. The courses will be led by experience-rich and knowledgeable lecturers. Training languages -Latvian, Russian or English - interpreters of other languages will be invited, if necessary.

    In Cesis the integration courses will start on November 9, 2019 at 10.00.

    Application and more information:

    courses' coordinator Baiba Zalcmane, e-mail: baiba.zalcmane@gmail.com , phone: 27511378.

    To find out more about the content, duration and lecturers of the courses, please, contact the courses' coordinator.

    We warmly welcome the foreign nationals living in Latvia to attend the courses, in order to get to know Latvia and Latvians! The integration courses are for free. At the end of the courses the certificates will be issued.

    The project "Integration ABC - 3" is implemented by the society "Cooperation Platform" in the framework the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    For more information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    The project "Integration ABC - 3" starts to get the immigrants to know Latvia's culture and Latvians
    17.08.2019.

    In order to promote the inclusion of persons, who are third-country nationals and who are legally residents in Latvia (immigrants) in Latvian society, from August this year until 31st December 2020, the society "Cooperation Platform", in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House", is implementing the project "Integration ABC - 3".

    The main tasks of the project are to introduce a high-quality integration course programme for immigrants and to organise interactive, educational and mutual awareness-raising measures for representatives of both foreign nationals living in Latvia and the host society. The main activities in the course of the project will be integration courses, the Latvian Colloquial Speech Club, activities promoting intercultural communication, as well as joint and common interest activities under the theme "I and You = We".

    The successful integration is possible, if immigrants are given the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge of the history, culture, political situation and institutions of the local community. The participants of the integration courses will explore the fundamental values of Latvia's history and the country, its political system, acquire knowledge of the social, educational and health services system in Latvia and accessibility, will get to know about the situation in the labour market, employment, the opportunities to work or build their own business, as well as knowledge of Latvian culture, traditions and skills in the development of a dialogue. During the free of charge integration courses are planned to train 750 immigrants in the regions of Riga, Zemgale, Kurzeme, Vidzeme and Latgale.

    In its turn, the lessons of the Latvian Colloquial Speech Club will be dedicated to strengthen Latvian language skills in an informal and friendly atmosphere, promoting the daily application of language and reducing the speech barrier. The club's activities are also planned in all regions of Latvia.

    When introducing immigrants to the culture of Latvian and other peoples living in Latvia, four measures promoting intercultural communication and socialisation will be organised. At the end of this year, the Intercultural Day will take place, in which immigrants, together with representatives of the local community, will be able to become acquainted with the Latvian National Museum of Art and meet in a joint afternoon at a teacup. Next year, one of the world's oldest festivals for spring solstice - NovRouge will be celebrated at the Spring Festival of Friendship. It will be possible to get to know to the Latvian Easter traditions, ancient crafts and cultural and historical heritage on Tradition Day at the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia. A diverse programme is also planned in a cycle of events dedicated to Tolerance Day: master classes for getting acquainted with different peoples' cultures, discussions on tolerance, its understanding and examples in everyday life, as well as the concert "Kaleidoscope of Songs and Dances" with the artistic collective participation of Poles, Buryats, Russians and Latvians.

    The immigrants will be invited to participate creatively and actively in joint and common interest measures. For example, a small concert programme will be created in Liepaja together with the Austra's children, in Rezekne - a theatrical show, but in Riga a musical show will be created. The meetings at the teacup, joint tours, talking evenings "Cultural Charm", painting lessons, creative workshops and many other activities are also planned.

    The project "Integration ABC - 3" is implemented by the society "Cooperation Platform" in the framework the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund in cooperation with the organisation "Shelter "Safe House"". The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. PMIF/8/2019/2/01.

    More information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258

    397 immigrants attended integration courses
    30.12.2018.

    In order to promote the integration of persons', who are third-country nationals and who are legally residents in Latvia (immigrants), integration into the Latvian society, from May 16, 2017 to December 31, 2018 the society "Cooperation Platform" implemented the project "Integration ABC - 2017".

    The main activities of the project "Integration ABC - 2017" were integration courses, which were attended by 397 foreigners living in Latvia in the various Latvian cities. The courses attended immigrants from Belarus, the Russian Federation, Armenia, China, the USA, Hong Kong, Egypt, Ukraine, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Pakistan, Saint Lucia, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Turkey, Venezuela, Uzbekistan, Albania, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Canada, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, Mexico, Israel, Nigeria, Morocco, Georgia, Syria, Nepal, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Tunisia. The interest in the courses was high, the courses attended more foreigners than originally it was foreseen in the project.

    The participants of the integration courses studied the fundamental values of Latvia's history and the country's political system, gained knowledge of the social, educational and health services system and accessibility in Latvia, became acquainted with the situation in the labour market, employment, the opportunity to work in salaried employment or build their own business and became acquainted with Latvian culture and traditions.

    Three measures promoting the intercultural communication took place when introducing immigrants to Latvia's culture, traditions and values. There participated 233 immigrants and 234 residents of Latvia. Last autumn, on Intercultural Day, the participants found out about the activities of the National Library of Latvia. In spring, on Easter, the participants had the opportunity to participate in the Tradition Day at the Ethnographic Open - Air Museum of Latvia, finding out the Latvian annual traditions, Easter rituals, ancient crafts and cultural and historical heritage. At the beginning of the summer, in the event Let's Meet at Ziedondarzs Park! the immigrants were able to meet with different non-governmental organisations, representatives of public authorities and employers. The events took place in a warm and friendly atmosphere, encouraging the interest and understanding of foreigners in Latvia and Latvians.

    The project Integration ABC - 2017, within the framework of the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund, implements the society Cooperation Platform. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No - PMIF/8/2017/1/02.

    More information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258

    Foreigners living in Latvia are invited to free of charge courses in Riga

    To facilitate the foreigners' living in Latvia - third-country nationals' and immigrants' - integration into the society of Latvia, in the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 2017", free of charge training - integration courses will be held in Riga and four other Latvian cities.

    Foreigners living in Riga in the period from October until December 2018 are invited to attend courses, where they will be able to learn Latvia's history, political system, knowledge on the social, educational and health systems and the availability of care services in Latvia, to get acquainted with the situation on the labour market, employment, opportunities to work or to build one's own business, as well as to learn Latvian culture and traditions.

    Integration courses are free of charge. The certificates will be issued at the end of the courses.

    What is the Latvian economy, traditions, values and characteristics compared with other countries in Europe and world? Where and how you can make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to successfully live in Latvia? On these and many other questions the participants will receive answers during the integration training courses; the learning process will be organised in lectures and practical consultations. Courses will lead knowledgeable and rich in experience lecturers. Training language - Latvian, Russian or English, if necessary, interpreters of other languages will be invited.

    On 23rd October, the lessons will begin for a group that will be trained on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, on 27th October - for a group that will be trained on Saturdays. The courses will take place in Riga, "Mensarius" Ltd. premises, the entrance from Perses Street 9/11.

    The foreigners living in Riga are welcome to attend the courses to get to know more about Latvia and Latvians!

    To learn more about the course content, duration and lecturers, please, contact the courses' coordinator.

    Application and more information:

    courses' coordinator Ramils Kadirovs, e-mail: versante@gmail.com, phone: 26705808.

    The courses will be photographed and filmed. The photographs and video materials will be used for the publicity needs of the event organisers.

    The project "Integration ABC - 2017", within the framework of the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund, implements the society "Cooperation Platform". The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No - PMIF/8/2017/1/02.

    Foreigners living in Rezekne are invited to free of charge courses

    To facilitate the foreigners' living in Latvia - third-country nationals' and immigrants' - integration into the society of Latvia, in the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 2017", free of charge training - integration courses will be held in Rezekne and four other Latvian cities.

    Foreigners living in Rezekne are invited on November 2018 to attend courses, where they will be able to learn Latvia's history, political system, knowledge on the social, educational and health systems and the availability of care services in Latvia, to get acquainted with the situation on the labour market, employment, opportunities to work or to build one's own business, as well as to learn Latvian culture and traditions.

    What is the Latvian economy, traditions, values and characteristics compared with other countries in Europe and world? Where and how you can make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to successfully live in Latvia? On these and many other questions the participants will receive answers during the integration training courses; the learning process will be organised in lectures and practical consultations. Courses will lead knowledgeable and rich in experience lecturers. Training language - Latvian, Russian or English, if necessary, interpreters of other languages will be invited.

    In Rezekne the integration courses will start on November 3, 2018, and they will take place on Saturdays. Location - Rezekne Technology Academy's Student Parliament's premises in Atbrivoshanas Alley 115.

    The foreigners living in Rezekne are welcome to attend the courses to get to know more about Latvia and Latvians!

    To learn more about the course content, duration and lecturers, please, contact the courses' coordinator.

    Application and more information:

    Courses' coordinator Marija Dubicka, e-mail: domu.biedri@inbox.lv, phone: 29414010.

    The courses will be photographed and filmed. The photographs and video materials will be used for the publicity needs of the event organisers.

    The project "Integration ABC - 2017", within the framework of the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund, implements the society "Cooperation Platform". The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No - PMIF/8/2017/1/02.

    Foreigners living in Liepaja are invited to free of charge courses

    To facilitate the foreigners' living in Latvia - third-country nationals' and immigrants' - integration into the society of Latvia, in the framework of the project "Integration ABC - 2017", free of charge training - integration courses will be held in Liepaja and four other Latvian cities.

    In Liepaja and its surroundings living foreigners are invited to attend courses from October 27 till the end of December 2018, where they will be able to learn Latvia's history, political system, knowledge on the social, educational and health systems and the availability of care services in Latvia, to get acquainted with the situation on the labour market, employment, opportunities to work or to build one's own business, as well as to learn Latvian culture and traditions.

    What is the Latvian economy, traditions, values and characteristics compared with other countries in Europe and world? Where and how you can make friends with the locals? What do you need to know to successfully live in Latvia? On these and many other questions the participants will receive answers during the integration training courses; the learning process will be organised in lectures and practical consultations. Courses will lead knowledgeable and rich in experience lecturers. Training language - Latvian, Russian or English, if necessary, interpreters of other languages will be invited.

    In Liepaja the integration courses will start on October 27, 2018 and will take place each Saturday. The courses will take place in Liepaja University premises in Liela Street 14.

    Application and more information:

    Courses' coordinator Anita Smilkts, e-mail anita.smilkts@gmail.com, phone number 25408337.

    To learn more about course content, duration and lecturers, please, contact the courses' coordinators.

    The foreigners living in Liepaja are welcome to attend the courses in order to get to know more about Latvia and Latvians!

    The courses will be photographed and filmed. The photographs and video materials will be used for the publicity needs of the event organisers.

    The project Integration ABC - 2017, within the framework of the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund, implements the society Cooperation Platform. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No - PMIF/8/2017/1/02.

    On Saturday, 9th June, 2018 from 12.00 to 16.00 in Riga Ziedondarzs Park the event Let's Meet at Ziedondarzs Park! will take place.

    It will be a unique opportunity to meet many organisations and enterprises. Visitors of the event will be able to engage in various activities - creative workshops, sports games, musical and dance performances and receive information about several non-governmental organisations, training institutions and employers to engage in their activities, become volunteers or potential workers.

    The Vacancies Carousel will be open in which representatives of the Employment Agency and other institutions will inform about services and opportunities. Several employers and companies will present job market opportunities. It will also be possible to learn about offers of the educational institutions.

    In the event will be represented Russian, Belarussian, Ukrainian, Jew Tatar, Uzbek, Arab and other nationality uniting organisations. Each organisation will develop an educational event, highlighting its activities in the field of intercultural integration. In attractive and creative workshops visitors will be able to explore the different and unifying of cultures of different peoples, learn new skills and communication skills. In the programme: the Society's Cooperation Platform henna painting creative workshop, the Hebrew letter and ornament workshop by the society Goraļ, Society's I can all! qigong and mandala painting lessons, society's Nature Sports Hall groove and the power endurance dance lessons, society's The Latvian Farmers Federation game Recognize Fields, exhibition Agriculture in Latvia was, is and will be, degustation of fresh Iecava cucumbers, children and youth creative workshops of the society Kēfa, society's Institute of Transpersonal Education meditation labyrinth, Latvian Tatars' Society Idel Tatar ornament painting workshop, masterclass of photographs by the Belarusian Information Centre, oberegi workshop by the Latvian Ukrainian Society, Latvian Disabled Women Association's Aspasia information regarding social services and other activities of organisations.

    The visitors will be able to receive free consultations on social and legal issues from the society Shelter. Safe House information centre for immigrants practicians.

    The participants of the project Integration ABC - 2017 and all the interesents are welcome to the event Let's Meet at Ziedondarzs Park! The entrance is for free!

    The event will be photographed! Photos and videos will be used for the publicity needs of the event organisers.

    The project Integration ABC - 2017 in the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is implemented by the society Cooperation Platform. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant's Contract No. PMIF/8/2017/1/02.

    More information:
    Lauma Celma, T. 29822258
    E. celma.lauma@gmail.com
    http://www.sadarbibasplatforma.lv/
    https://www.facebook.com/sadarbibasplatforma/
    https://www.draugiem.lv/sadarbibasplatforma/
    https://twitter.com/sadarbibasplatf

    Soon - The Third Spring Festival Novruz in Riga

    On 24th March 2018, Riga will host the Third International Baltic festival of peoples' friendship Novruz at RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H20 6 (Durbes iela 4, Riga).

    The incoming of spring has always been one of the heart-warming events in people's life. After all, this is the holiday of nature's revival, celebration of life and hopes for a generous crop year. Translated from Farsi, Novruz means 'new day'. The Earth enters the period of universal astronomical equality, whereas in the hemispheres the seasons of the year change: in the southern hemisphere it is the beginning of autumn and in the northern hemisphere - it is the beginning of spring.

    This is the holiday for everyone who is keen on the Oriental culture. This bright, emotional, and exciting holiday will leave no one indifferent.

    This year, the representatives of different nationalities from Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Russia (Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Yakutia, Kabardino-Balkaria), Turkey, Georgia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, India, Latvia, Estonia and other countries will take part in the festival.

    During the festival, there will be a folk and contemporary songs concert in which dancing groups and individual performers will appear on stage.

    Also, within the framework of the Event, master-classes will be given, the Oriental culture, its traditions and crafts will be introduced, national costumes will be demonstrated, competitions will be held and a lot more.

    Novruz is an excellent holiday! There are no analogous events in Latvia. It is unique since it is organised and conducted by the representatives of different national cultural communities.

    This holiday is organised under the support of the cultural communities from Latvia and Estonia, students from different countries, Riga's higher educational institutions.

    This year, the festival will take place at RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H20 6 at Durbes iela 4, Riga. The Event starts at 14:00. Admission is free.

    Festival is suported by: Embassy of Turkey in Riga, British Council, Yunus Emre Enstitüsü, RISEBA University of Business, Arts and Technology, ISMA, Transport and telecommunication institute, University of Latvia, Latvian Academy of culture, Sadarbības platforma, Information Centre for Newcomers.

    Festival organizers - Ramil Kadyrov (Latvia) and Ilona Thagazitova (Estonia).

    Event page - https://goo.gl/c7CZWo

    Information provided by:
    Ramil Kadyrov
    Phone: +371 26705808
    E-mail: versante@gmail.com
    www.emulators.lv

    Foreigners living in Latvia are invited to Tradition Day at the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum

    To introduce the foreigners living in Latvia with Latvian culture and annual customs, the Tradition Day in the framework of the project Integration ABC - 2017 will take place on April 1, 2018 at the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum. Third country nationals and immigrants - the project's Integration ABC - 2017 participants from Rezekne, Jelgava, Daugavpils, Liepaja and Riga are invited to take part in the event. The programme includes excursions through the museum, Easter tradition learning and creative workshops.

    From 13.00 to 14.30 the participants will have guided excursions that will show the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum as an educational and recreation place that maintains and takes care of Latvian culturally historical heritage. At the museum the visitors will be able to see Latvian traditional life's monuments - peasants' houses and household objects from the end of the 17th century till the middle of the 20th century. Besides, the guests will discover also the influences of other cultures that had lived in the territory of Latvia.

    From 14.30 to 16.00 the participants will be able to take part in Easter celebration - to find out Latvian Easter traditions, participate in the creative workshops, paint eggs, sing and play games.

    The project's Integration ABC - 2017 participants are invited to take part in the Tradition Day. Entrance is for free!

    The project Integration ABC - 2017, within the framework of the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund, implements the society Cooperation Platform. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No - PMIF/8/2017/1/02.

    More information:
    Lauma Celma, T. 29822258
    E. celma.lauma@gmail.com
    http://www.sadarbibasplatforma.lv/
    https://www.facebook.com/sadarbibasplatforma/
    https://www.draugiem.lv/sadarbibasplatforma/
    https://twitter.com/sadarbibasplatf


    Foreigners living in Latvia are invited to free courses in Riga, Liepaja, Jelgava, Daugavpils and Rezekne.

    In order to facilitate foreigners living in Latvia - third-country nationals and immigrants' - integration into the society of Latvia, in the framework of the project Integration ABC - 2017, free training - integration courses will be held in five Latvian cities.

    What is the Latvian economy, traditions, values and characteristics compared with other countries in Europe and world? Where and how you can make friends with the locals? What you need to know to successfully live in Latvia? On these and many other questions the participants will receive answers during the integration training courses; the learning process will be organised in lectures and practical consultations. Courses will lead knowledgeable and rich in experience lecturers. Training language - Latvian, Russian or English, if necessary, interpreters of other languages will be invited.

    Foreigners living in Latvia in the period from January 2018 until December 2018 are invited to attend courses in Riga, Liepaja, Jelgava, Daugavpils and Rezekne, in which they will be able to learn Latvia's history, political system, knowledge of the social, educational and health systems and the availability of care services in Latvia, to get acquainted with the situation on the labour market, employment, opportunities to work or to build one's own business, as well as to learn Latvian culture and traditions.

    In Riga the integration courses will start on February. The courses will take place in Mensarius LTD premises in Blaumana Street 38/40 (entrance from Perses Street 9/11).
    Application and more information:
    Courses' coordinator Ramils Kadirovs, e-mail: versante@gmail.com, phone: 26705808.

    In Daugavpils the integration courses will start on March. The courses will take place in the Society's Erfolg premises in Mihoelsa Street 7-1a.
    Application and more information:
    Courses' coordinator Vitālijs Karpovičs, e-mail: erfolg_biedriba@outlook.com, phone: 20371892.

    In Rezekne the integration courses will start on February. The courses will take place in Rezekne Technology Academy's Student Parliament's premises in Atbrivoshanas Alley 115.
    Application and more information:
    Courses' coordinator Marija Dubicka, e-mail: domu.biedri@inbox.lv, phone: 29414010.

    In Liepaja the integration courses will start on February. The courses will take place in Liepaja University premises in Liela Street 14.
    Application and more information:
    Courses' coordinator Anita Smilkts, e-mail: anita.smilkts@gmail.com, phone: 25408337.

    In Jelgava the integration courses will start on March. The courses will take place in Jelgava Integration Administration's premises in Skolotāju street 8.
    Application and more information: Linda Vovere, e-mail: linda.vovere@inbox.lv, phone: 29433212.

    The foreigners living in Latvia are welcome to attend the courses in order to get to know more about Latvia and Latvians! Integration courses are for free. The certificates will be issued at the end of the courses.

    To learn more about course content, duration and lecturers, please, contact the courses' coordinators.

    The project Integration ABC - 2017, within the framework of the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund, implements the society Cooperation Platform. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No - PMIF/8/2017/1/02.

    More information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Foreigners living in Latvia are invited to the Intercultural Day in the National Library of Latvia

    In order to introduce foreigners living in Latvia with Latvian culture and its values, the project Integration ABC - 2017 invites to the Intercultural Day that will take place in the National Library of Latvia (NLL) on November 4, 2017. The immigrants - integration course participants from Jelgava, Liepaja, Rezekne and Riga are invited to participate. The programme includes guided tours, meetings at a cup of tea and consultations.

    From 12.00 to 14.00 p.m., the participants will have the organised excursion in the NLL building - Castle of Light, which is both the library in the traditional sense and also the culture, education and science centre. The library visit has been chosen, because it has become one of the most prominent symbols of Latvia with a rich store of knowledge and Latvian language.

    During the tour the participants will be able to explore the wide range of possibilities offered by the NLL, to look at the historical articles, receiving the additional information and clarifications. Special attention will be given to the Cabinet of Folksongs, which was included in the UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in 2001, in particular highlighting its unique content and links with the still living intangible heritage of traditions in Latvia. The participants will have an opportunity to look at the Riga panorama of 360 degrees, to see which money banknotes were used in Latvia before euro and visit the Latvia 100 Office, where the information is available on the measures and activities devoted to Latvia's centenary. In the library's foyer everyone will be able to view the NLL permanent exposition Book in Latvia - 21st Century and the new shape's inspired story about Latvia's book publishing history in global context. The tours will take place in Russian and English languages.

    From 14.00 to 16.30 p.m. the participants will be invited to a meeting at a cup of tea in the NLL Conference Centre Great Hall's Part A for a meeting over a cup of tea. The foreigners will have the opportunity to present their national tea drinking traditions and watch the short film about Latvia. The musical performances will give the folklore group Kokle. The group's participants will tell about Latvian tea drinking traditions, will demonstrate Latvian national costumes and will invite to participate in joint dances and plays.

    During the Intercultural Day the participants will have the opportunity to receive a free consultations and information about the social and legal issues. The consultations will provide professional lawyers - Information Centre for Immigrants specialists. The activities of the centre for more than a year provides and develops the society Refuge Safe Home that regularly provides information and support to third-country nationals residing in Latvia.

    To the Intercultural Day in the National Library of Latvia are invited the project's Integration ABC - 2017 participants. The event is free of charge!

    The project Integration ABC - 2017, within the framework of the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund, implements the society Cooperation Platform. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No - PMIF/8/2017/1/02.

    More information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    Foreigners living in Latvia are invited to free courses in Riga, Liepaja, Jelgava, Daugavpils and Rezekne

    In order to facilitate foreigners living in Latvia - third-country nationals and immigrants' - integration into the society of Latvia, in the framework of the project Integration ABC - 2017, free training - integration courses will be held in five Latvian cities.

    What is the Latvian economy, traditions, values and characteristics compared with other countries in Europe and world? Where and how you can make friends with the locals? What you need to know to successfully live in Latvia? On these and many other questions the participants will receive answers during the integration training courses; the learning process will be organised in lectures and practical consultations. Courses will lead knowledgeable and rich in experience lecturers. Training language - Latvian, Russian or English, if necessary, interpreters of other languages will be invited.

    Foreigners living in Latvia in the period from September 2017 until December 2018 are invited to attend courses in Riga, Liepaja, Jelgava, Daugavpils and Rezekne, in which they will be able to learn Latvia's history, political system, knowledge of the social, educational and health systems and the availability of care services in Latvia, to get acquainted with the situation on the labour market, employment, opportunities to work or to build one's own business, as well as to learn Latvian culture and traditions.

    In Riga the integration courses will start on October 17 at 18.00. The courses will take place in Mensarius LTD premises in Blaumana Street 38/40 (entrance from Perses Street 9/11).

    Application and more information:
    Courses' coordinator Ramils Kadirovs, e-mail: versante@gmail.com, phone: 26705808.

    In Daugavpils the integration courses will start on September 27, 2017 at 17.00. The courses will take place in the Society's Erfolg premises in Mihoelsa Street 7-1a.

    Application and more information:
    Courses' coordinator Vitālijs Karpovičs, e-mail: erfolg_biedriba@outlook.com, phone: 20371892.

    In Rezekne the integration courses will start on September 23, 2017 at 10.00. The courses will take place in Rezekne Technology Academy's Student Parliament's premises in Atbrivoshanas Alley 115.

    Application and more information:
    Courses' coordinator Marija Dubicka, e-mail: domu.biedri@inbox.lv, phone: 29414010.

    In Liepaja the integration courses will start on September 30, 2017 at 11.00. The courses will take place in Liepaja University premises in Liela Street 14.

    Application and more information:
    Courses' coordinator Rita Rozentāle, e-mail: ritite@inbox.lv, phone: 26544088.

    In Jelgava the integration courses will start on October 4, 2017 at 16.00. The courses will take place in Jelgava Integration Administration's premises in Sarmas Street 4.

    Application and more information: Linda Vovere, e-mail: linda.vovere@inbox.lv, phone: 29433212.

    The foreigners living in Latvia are welcome to attend the courses in order to get to know more about Latvia and Latvians! Integration courses are for free. The certificates will be issued at the end of the courses.

    To learn more about course content, duration and lecturers, please, contact the courses' coordinators.

    The project Integration ABC - 2017, within the framework of the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund, implements the society Cooperation Platform. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No - PMIF/8/2017/1/02.

    More information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258


    During the project Integration ABC - 2017 the immigrants will learn Latvia's culture and Latvians

    In order to facilitate persons', who are nationals of third countries and, who legally reside in Latvia (immigrants), integration into the society of Latvia, the society Cooperation Platform is implementing the project Integration ABC - 2017 that will last until 31 December 2018.

    The aim of the project is to implement the qualitative programme for the integration of immigrants, to organise interactive, educational and mutual awareness promoting measures for the immigrants' and host society's representatives to improve the process of integration and intercultural dialogue, promoting effective immigrants' integration into the society of Latvia.

    The main activities in project Integration ABC - 2017 will be the integration courses that will take place in Riga, Liepaja, Jelgava, Daugavpils and Rezekne in the period from September 2017 until November 2018 and intercultural communication promotional measures - Intercultural Day, Tradition Day and event See You in Ziedondarzs.

    The successful integration is possible only if the immigrants are given the opportunity to obtain basic knowledge in the society's history, the local community and the political situation in the area. The participants of the integration courses will learn Latvia's history, its values and the political system, will gain knowledge of social, educational and health care services and access to its system in Latvia, will get acquainted with the situation in the labour market, employment, opportunities to get work or to build one's own business, as well as - knowledge of the Latvian culture, traditions and skills in intercultural dialogue. In the courses it is planned to teach 360 immigrants. Integration courses are free of charge.

    To present the Latvian culture and values to the immigrants, three intercultural communication promotional measures will be organised. In autumn 2017 the Intercultural Day will be organised presenting its participants the Latvian National Library work and meeting near the cup of tea in the afternoon. In spring 2018 on Easter the project participants will have the opportunity to participate in the Tradition Day in the Open Air Museum and find out Latvian annual customs, Easter rituals, ancient crafts and cultural history heritage. In summer of 2018 during the informal event See You in Ziedoņdārzs the immigrants will be able to meet various representatives of non-governmental organizations, national institutions and employers to encourage free and mutual acquaintance.

    Entrance in the events - free of charge.

    The project Integration ABC - 2017 within the framework of the Refuge, Migration and Integration Fund implements the society Cooperation Platform. The project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant Agreement No - PMIF/8/2017/1/02.

    More information:
    Society's Cooperation Platform Board Chairwoman
    Lauma Celma
    E-mail: celma.lauma@gmail.com
    Phone: 29822258

    In 2012 within the framework of the project "The creation of cooperation platform and intercultural dialogue in Latvia" it was organized an informal association of 10 different non-government organizations - a cooperation platform encouraging intercultural dialogue in Latvia aimed at creating of a new civil society platform for intercultural dialogue, thus promoting the improvement of the society microclimate as well as forming a full-fledged community and creating a constant platform, the nuclear of which consist of cultural societies and organizations of different nations.

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