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The Launch of the "Conservation and Revitalisation of Cultural and Natural Heritage" programme

07.01.2013

The opening event of the programme "Conservation and Revitalisation of Cultural and Natural Heritage", which is operated by the Ministry of Culture, was held on the 27th of November in Riga.

The opening speech of the event was presented by Mr Jan Grevstad, Ambassador of Norway to Latvia. Participants of the event had the opportunity to follow a number of presentations - about the cultural heritage protection principles (by Mr Juris Dambis, Director of the State Inspection for Heritage Protection), about the programme and the planned support for protection of cultural heritage and cultural diversity (by Ms Sanita Rancane – Delekole, Director of European Union Funds Department of the Ministry of Culture), as well as to get useful information about the opportunities of bilateral cooperation within the framework of the programme, which is strongly supported by its donor partners – Directorate of Cultural Heritage of Norway and Arts Council Norway.

The event was closed by thematic remarks of Mr Imants Lancmanis, Director of Rundale Castle Museum and scholar of arts Ms Helena Demakova.

The goal of the programme is to preserve cultural and natural heritage for next generations, by granting public access to it and broadening the cultural dialogue, promoting it as part of European identity.

To promote and support cooperation, to share experience and ideas, to promote mobility among cultural service providers in Latvia and donor states, thus, facilitating diversity of culture and arts, are the main planned activities within the programme.

According to the agreement between Latvia and the EEA Financial Mechanism donor states, Republic of Iceland, Principality of Liechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway, 8.6 million Euros of the programme are granted for reconstruction of the Museum of Literature and Music, restoration of the Museum of Rainis and Aspazija, restoration of of the Latvian Open-Air Ethnographic Museum’s port warehouse, digitization of the cultural heritage of the Riga Art Nouveau Centre and creation of the virtual museum, as well as for restoration of the Rezekne Green synagogue.

The remaining funds of the programme – 2 million Euros – are reserved for the small grant schemes "Cultural Heritage Conservation" and "Cultural Exchange", as well as for the Bilateral Fund. The Ministry of Culture has scheduled one open call for projects under the small grant schemes in the first part of 2013.

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