Created in Latvia: Imants Ziedonis as a Symbol of Freedom, Joy and Creativity

Created in Latvia: Imants Ziedonis as a Symbol of Freedom, Joy and Creativity

11 Apr 2018, 17:30 - 18:30

Club Room, National Hall Gallery

Poet Imants Ziedonis is considered a legendary figure in Latvia. Born in 1933, one could say that he lived in five Latvias during his lifetime – one that was free and prosperous (1918 – 1940), one that endured an occupation and humiliating deportations (1940), one that suffered from a hopeless and merciless war (1941 – 1945), one that suffered from a second occupation and more deportations (1945 – 1991), and finally, one that was once again independent and free starting in 1991. As a young poet during the Soviet occupation, he understood that his calling was to write, so that with the power of the word he could preserve and strengthen Latvia’s identity. Readings and events he participated in were always special occasions, with several thousand people in attendance. In order to honour his work, several Latvian cultural figures including well-known musicians like Renars Kaupers, Goran Gora and Māra Upmane – Holšteine, came together to form the Viegli Foundation, which embodies his ideas in the form of music, books, concerts, and campaigns which resonate with a broad audience in Latvia today. Representatives from the Viegli foundation and The Little Cavalry Music Association will talk about the Imants Ziedonis phenomenon in an experimental seminar that includes musical performances.



  • Goran Gora


    Latvian singer-songwriter

      Since singer-songwriter Goran Gora started his music career in 2005, he has released four full length albums, composed music for theatre plays in...

  • Žanete Grende


    Head of Fund


    Žanete Grende (born in 1964) has received education in sport pedagogy and holds a master's degree in social sciences in social management at the...

  • Dace Zariņa


    Imants Ziedonis Museum in Latvia

      Dace Zariņa was born on September 16, 1985. She dedicated her years in elementary and secondary school to studying at an art school and gaining...

  • Renārs Kaupers


    Latvian musician and songwriter

      Renārs Kaupers, born in 1974, is a Latvian musician and songwriter, as well as frontman and vocalist of the band Prāta Vētra (Brainstorm). He has...

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