Estonian Embassy in Riga :: News & Events http://www.estemb.lv en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss WiseCMS 2.0 hille.lepp@vm.ee hille.lepp@vm.ee World-class think tanks to present new research on the future of AI in Tallinn http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1210 NB! <strong>Media accreditation</strong> for the Tallinn Digital Summit is <strong>open until the 10th of October.</strong>&nbsp;Please register at <a href="https://goo.gl/CLncKV">https://goo.gl/CLncKV</a> <p>Stenbock House, Tallinn, 9 October 2018 – Next week, top research groups and think tanks will convene in Estonia to present new papers and ideas on artificial intelligence and the cross-border trade of data. Tallinn Digital Summit 2018, slated for October 15 and 16, will also host government ministers, entrepreneurs, and innovators from digital-minded countries across the world.</p> <p><br> Participating research groups include the McKinsey Global Institute, the Lisbon Council, the Centre for Public Impact, and the European Centre for International Political Economy.</p> <p><br> Countries must take immediate action on issues surrounding artificial intelligence, said Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas. “AI will bring major changes in the near future and we cannot leave this to chance,” he said. “We need a common legal framework, and guidelines on ethics and technology that would boost development and innovation while ensuring safety and trust. That’s why Tallinn Digital Summit will focus on AI and the global free trade of data, as well as their impact on governance, entrepreneurship and society.”</p> <p><br> Rene Tammist, Estonian Minister of Entrepreneurship and IT, said that Estonia aims to lead the international discussion on the legal issues surrounding artificial intelligence. “Everyone who uses Google or Facebook has been exposed to AI. It provides endless possibilities for new products and services. But to ensure the necessary innovation space, countries must create a clear legal framework for entrepreneurs while addressing privacy and ethics issues that surround new technologies,” he said.</p> <p><br> The digital summit will be attended by Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission, Māris Kučinskis, Prime Minister of Latvia, Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment of Ireland, Kim Boo Kyum, Minister of the Interior and Safety of South Korea, Peter Eriksson, Minister for Housing and Digital Development of Sweden, Janil Puthucheary, Minister of Communications and Information of Singapore, Sophie Løhde, Minister for Public Sector Innovation of Denmark, Megan Woods, Minister for Government Digital Services of New Zealand, Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of the UK, Takuya Hirai, Minister of Science and Information Technology Policy of Japan, Guillermo Moncecchi, Vice Minister of Industry of Uruguay, Elijus Čivilis, Vice Minister of Economy of Lithuania, and Günther Krings, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community of Germany.</p> <p><br> The Estonian delegation is led by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and includes Rene Tammist, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Siim Sikkut, Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Marten Kaevats, national digital advisor in the Government Office, and Estonian IT entrepreneurs.</p> <p><br> James Manyika, Director of the McKinsey Global Institute, will present new research on the impact of artificial intelligence on economy, society, and the future of labour. He will also estimate the influence that AI will have on the labour market, and suggest ways in which countries can cope with the changes ahead.</p> <p><br> Luukas Ilves, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow at the Lisbon Council, will give a presentation and lead a discussion on safety and security in the AI era. He will address the preservation of fundamental values and rights, as well the challenge of keeping AI safe and secure. Ilves will also introduce national strategies and international initiatives for safety and security.</p> <p><br> Danny Buerkli, Programme Director at the Centre for Public Impact foundation, will present a study on AI-based governance and introduce five practical principles that might motivate governments to implement artificial intelligence.&nbsp;</p> <p><br> At a ministers’ discussion on free-moving data, Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy, will present his ideas.</p> <p><br> The summit’s opening session will include Greg Corrado, Principal Scientist of Augmented Intelligence Research at Google, and Jack Clark, Strategy and Communications Director at OpenAI, a non-profit AI research company.</p> <p><br> Tallinn Digital Summit’s knowledge partners are the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the business and economics research arm of McKinsey &amp; Company, the Centre for Public Impact (CPI), a not-for-profit foundation founded by the Boston Consulting Group, as well as the Lisbon Council and the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).</p> <p><br> Tallinn Digital Summit 2018 follows Tallinn Digital Summit 2017 that was held during the Estonian Presidency of the European Union in September 2017 and brought together EU leaders.</p> <p><br> <br><strong></strong></p><p>Additional information:<br></p> <a href="https://www.valitsus.ee/contact/press/digitalsummit/ee">press[at]digitalsummit[dot]ee</a><br> <a href="http://www.digitalsummit.ee">www.digitalsummit.ee</a><br> <a href="https://twitter.com/TallinnSummit">https://twitter.com/TallinnSummit</a><br> #TallinnDigitalSummit Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:52:05 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1210 High-level annual forum of European Union Baltic Sea Strategy will be held in Tallinn http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1206 <p>The ninth annual forum of European Union Baltic Sea Strategy will take place on June 4.–5. in Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), which will host nearly 700 participants from Estonia and Europe. The main subject of the annual forum is the Baltic Sea region after the year 2020. </p> <p>At the forum, the study „EU Baltic Sea Strategy after 2020“ commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be introduced, which analyses the activity of networks and projects of the Baltic Sea Strategy (BSS) and the effectiveness of fulfilling the goals of the strategy. </p> <p>Additionally, the forum will discuss the contribution of the strategy to improving the condition of the Baltic Sea ecosystem and will be looking for possibilities to develop the region as a global digital centre. 21 themed seminars will be held at the forum in the key areas of the strategy, for example the protection of the sea environment, safety, energy and transportation sector and digital development of the region. </p> <p>„The annual Baltic Sea Strategy forum will look for solutions to the three goals of the strategy: how to improve the living environment of the Baltic Sea, unite the Baltic Sea region and increase its well-being. I can personally assure that the governments of the Baltic Sea countries are co-operating in order to promote a sustainable, inclusive and environment-preserving economy,“ said Sven Mikser, the minister of foreign affairs of Estonia.</p> <p>The strategy goals will be carried out through international and national projects. The action plan has more than 100 flag projects with the total budget of nearly 300 million Euros. Estonian partners are participating in more than seventy projects. Estonia is the leading partner in seven flag projects – in the policy fields of culture, energy, innovation and coping with climate change.</p> <p>„The contamination of the Baltic Sea diminishes the quality of life of all of us, but we will be able to improve the situation through the co-operation between governments, businesses, researchers, environment protectors and people. Estonia is interested in continuing the current good co-operation,“ said Siim Kiisler, Estonian Minister of the Environment.</p> <p>The Baltic Sea Strategy is the first macro-regional strategy of the European Union, which has three goals: to protect the Baltic Sea, unite the region and increase the well-being. The strategy concerns 80 million people (17 per cent of the population of the EU) and eight EU member states – Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Germany.</p> <p>Registration to the annual forum is open to the participants of the Baltic Sea strategy framework, its networks, project partners, institutions of the European Union and international organizations operating in the Baltic Sea region.</p> <p>The annual forum is organized by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Baltic Development Forum and other partners in co-operation with the European Commission. The annual forum is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund program “Interreg – Baltic Sea Region“.</p> <p>Additional info: <a href="https://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/9th-annual-forum">https://www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/9th-annual-forum</a></p> <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/023/fb_ja_twitter_post-01.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/023/t_fb_ja_twitter_post-01.jpg" /></a></div> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:24:41 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1206 Estonian aerial artist Grete Gross in Riga http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1202 <p><b>Academic music meets contemporary circus in performance “Confines” on Tuesday, April 10 at 19:00 at Art Centre ZUZEUM, 101 Lāčplēša Street, Riga.<br> Duration: 40 minutes<br> <br> </b></p> <p>The performance “Confines” is a co-creation by Estonian aerial artist Grete Gross and Latvian musicians Ēriks Kiršfelds and Ventis Zilberts. The performance combines circus, visual art, poetry, and the music of distinguished composer Arvo Pärt. “Confines” tells a story of the journey of learning to accept and love oneself. <br></p><p><em>From delving into suppressed feelings such as anger, shame and pain, and then accepting them, </em>layer by layer it peels off the disguises, digs into the rotten debris and finds the greatest beauty suppressed by shame. To see all the colours hidden so well, to hear all the words, whispered so still.<em> And then – tabula rasa</em><em>, finding oneself at a new beginning, then finally covering the white canvas with all the colours of life. </em></p> <p>Nominations: Estonian Theatre Award 2016, category of United Performance Art<br> Residencies: Sansusi Festival, Cirkör LAB, Jatka 78</p> The performance in Riga on April 10 will be a unique chance to see “Confines” accompanied by recognized classical music performers – cellist Ēriks Kiršfelds and pianist Ventis Zilberts.<br><p> <br>Tickets: <a href="https://www.bilesuserviss.lv/eng/tickets/gimenei/cirks/rigas-cirks-piedava-koncertizrade-robezas-ar-arvo-perta-muziku-243885/">Bilesuserviss</a><br> <br> www.cirks.lv<br> facebook.com/VSIARigascirks<br><br></p> <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/041/gretegross_2.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/041/t_gretegross_2.jpg" /></a></div> Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:40:09 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1202 #EV100 Young Baltic talents on tour http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1191 Proudly celebrating the Centenaries of all three Baltic States, talented students from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and young musicians from other countries around the Baltic Sea will perform together by proclaiming freedom, togetherness, and shared sense of the Baltic and European culture. Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks and Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis are among other well-known classical composers whose music will be performed during the first international tour of the Baltic Academies Orchestra (BAO). Led by the charismatic conductor Kristian Järvi (Estonia) , Guntis Kuzma (Latvia) and Modestas Barkauskas (Lithuania), the orchestra will perform in Tartu (Estonia), Cēsis and Rēzekne (Latvia), Vilnius and Kaunas (Lithuania), Gdansk (Poland) and Berlin (Germany). The repertoire of the concerts also includes music by Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Mussorgsky. <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p>Kristjan Järvi has taken upon himself the artistic leadership of the BAO together with his colleagues from other Baltic countries – Guntis Kuzma form Latvia and Modestas Barkauskas form Lithuania. On the preparatory stage in Tartu the teachers from all three Music Academies in collaboration with outstanding musicians representing different countries will be working with the orchestra sections and offering masterclasses.</p> <p>The Baltic composers’ music highlights significant emphasis in the programmes of all concerts, outlining the regional identity of the orchestra and advancing listeners’ interest about it, sharing the values and pointing out the distinctions, drawing the parallels and seeking for the interaction. </p> <p>The Centenaries of the Baltic States is just the beginning of the BAO activities, and we wish the orchestra a long and fruitful future. </p> <p>BAO project is supported and financed by the governments of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and EAS Enterprise Estonia. Opening the Centenary celebrations of the independence of three Baltic nations,&nbsp; BAO represents a major new cultural collaboration, presenting the greatest in Baltic culture - its music and talented musicians.</p> <p>Concerts:</p> <p>08/02/2018&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; TALLINN </p> <p>09/02/2018&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; TARTU </p> <p>10/02/2018&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; CĒSIS</p> <p>11/02/2018&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; RĒZEKNE</p> <p>13/02/2018&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; VILNIUS</p> <p>14/02/2018&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; KAUNAS</p> <p>16/02/2018&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; GDANSK</p> <p>18/02/2018&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; BERLIN</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> More about the project <a href="http://www.balticacademies.eu">www.balticacademies.eu</a> <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/017/bao_cesis_jervi.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/017/t_bao_cesis_jervi.jpg" /></a><a href="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/083/bao_rezekne_kuzma.jpg" target="_blank"> <img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/083/t_bao_rezekne_kuzma.jpg" /> </a></div> Sat, 10 Feb 2018 11:17:37 GMT Sat, 10 Feb 2018 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1191 The annual contest announced for the Joint Award for the Promotion of the Latvian and Estonian Languages http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1187 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:58:58 GMT Sat, 10 Feb 2018 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1187 Gallery Bastejs Peeter Allik “eating culture” exhibition http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1183 <p>Peeter Allik is an Estonian artist living and working in Tartu. He has developed his own linocut technique according to the old value criteria, in which, according to quality of art, the created works speaks for themselves. Therefore, Peeter Allik thinks visually and turns his verbal thoughts into visual ones. </p> <p>“I have used folklore, proverbs, oral heritage, beard jokes and other interesting things. Some pictures are, of course, understandable only to the feelers of the Estonian tradition. But the majority I hope is generally understandable like little-nation selfishness.”In this series of works, the artist has relied on the Estonian and Livonian eating culture of the 19<sup>th</sup> century. This works have a dose of irony and beauty that is not idealized.</p> <p>Everyone is welcomed! <br></p> <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/067/peeterallikeatingculture.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/067/t_peeterallikeatingculture.jpg" /></a></div> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:43:17 GMT Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1183 Riga Photography Biennial 2016 Award Exhibition Seeking the Latest in Photography! http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1168 <div>22 April - 15 May, 2016&nbsp;|&nbsp;Riga Art Space Intro Hall, Kungu iela 3, Riga,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.makslastelpa.lv/">www.makslastelpa.lv</a>&nbsp;</div><br> <p>In August 2015, the Riga Photography Biennial 2016 launched a competition Seeking the Latest in Photography! with the aim of discovering and introducing to the wider public the creative efforts of young emerging artists. The competition was open to artists and photographers from the Baltic States aged 18 to 35 whose work revealed and demonstrated the power of image, and offered a relevant and original point of view which strived towards conceptual application of photography. Works by the winners of the top three prizes are now on show at Riga Art Space Intro Hall. The NoRoutine Books publishing initiative awarded its own special prize - an opportunity to publish her own photo book - to artist Ieva Balode.</p><p>Estonia is represented by Alissa Nirgi with photography series "A New Land Outside My Window (2014-2015)". <br></p><p>Alissa Nirgi (born 1993) lives and works in Tallinn. Since 2013 she has been studying photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts and has had several solo shows in Estonia and abroad, whilst also taking part in group exhibitions. In 2015 she was awarded the Eduard Wiiralt Scholarship.</p><p>Inga Šteimane comments Alissa Nirgi's work: ‘This is optically and psychologically well-composed photography, which maintains the precise atmosphere for the narrative of alienation. Surprisingly, this psychological story is conveyed without the use of a portrait, but simply by applying the empty articulation of space and the exact positioning of the figure within this space’. <br></p><p>The panel of judges: Tuula Alajoki, director of Backlight Photo Festival (Finland); Sofie Crabbé, journalist and critic (Belgium); artists Marge Monko (Estonia) and Marie Sjøvold (Norway); artists, curators and NoRoutine Books founders Gytis Skudzinskas and Vilma Samulionyte (Lithuania); Zane Onckule, programme director of kim? Contemporary Art Centre and curator (Latvia); Inga Šteimane, director of Art Station Dubulti and curator (Latvia), and Maira Dudareva, director of the Latvian Museum of Photography (Latvia).</p><p><b>Organizer:&nbsp;</b>Riga Photography Biennial in cooperation with Association of Culture Institutions of Riga City Council, exhibition hall Riga Art Space and NoRoutine Books (LT). Additional information <a href="http://rpbiennial.com/balva_eng.html">here</a></p> <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/091/alissa_nirgi_12.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/091/t_alissa_nirgi_12.jpg" /></a></div> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:25:15 GMT Sat, 14 May 2016 21:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1168 Test your knowledge with the Foreign Ministry’s Estonia-themed quiz and win a free trip for two to Estonia! http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1164 <p><b><img alt="Quiz 2016" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/052/t_banner_stk_kodulehele_200x250_inglise.jpg" title="Quiz 2016" hspace="10" vspace="10" border="0"></b></p><p><b>Dear Friends!</b></p> <p>Have you already made your summer holiday plans?</p> <p>If not, then we offer you a perfect opportunity to spend a beautiful and adventurous summer vacation in Estonia!</p> The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is happy to announce that its new Estonia Quiz 2016 is open! <p>You will find the quiz at <a href="http://quiz.mfa.ee/">quiz.mfa.ee</a> or on our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/valismin/">Facebook page.&nbsp;</a> </p> <p>The quiz is in two languages, English and Russian. It consists of 12 multiple-choice questions covering different aspects of Estonian life. It will be fun and easy for everyone to discover something new about Estonia.&nbsp; </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The grand prize is a free trip to Estonia for two, including airfare, accommodation, meals, city tours and more. In addition to the grand prize there will also be drawings for other prizes, which include tour packages in Estonia. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The quiz will officially close on 31 May. Winners will be notified no later than June 9, 2016.</p> <p><br></p><p>Special thanks to all our <a href="http://quiz.mfa.ee/#">sponsors</a>! Without their help, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to present the quiz winners with such exciting and memorable prizes!</p> <p>Good luck and see you in Estonia!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Information: <a href="mailto:vminfo@vm.ee" title="mailto:vminfo@vm.ee">vminfo@vm.ee</a></p> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:30:24 GMT Sat, 14 May 2016 21:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1164 BARTÓK MUSIC AND VASKS MESSAGE http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1162 <p>Two winners of prestigious Grammy award will perform together in Riga, on the stage of the Great Guild Hall on March 18, 2016. State Chamber ochestra <i>Sinfonietta Riga</i> and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra will play opuses dedicated for double string orchestra. Both orchestras will be lead by conducter Normunds Šnē.</p> <p>In the programm there is included one of the most substential orchestral work by famous hungarian classic Bela Bartok &nbsp;- “Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta”, which is considered one of the most influential composition in 20th century. Bartok’s Music is also included in several soudtracks for such renowned films as “Shining” directed by Stenley Kubrick or “Being John Malkovich” directed by Spike Jonze.</p> <p>&nbsp;Very important latvian and also more widely renowned composer is Peteris Vasks. His composition called “Message” comes from 1980’s. For this period Vasks style is known for it’s&nbsp; expressiveness and rich sound. This piece will represent Latvian reply to the famous Bartok’s opus.</p> <p>Bartok’s coeval is czech composer Bohuslav Martinů, who spent many years of his life in the USA and was also very demanded in film industry. His work “Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano and Timpani” was created at the end of 1930’s. It consists expressiveness and presentiment, which perfectly lock with artistic manner and creativity of Bartok and Vasks. </p><div>In the concert will be also performed new work “Concerto for Two” by Tauno Aintss, who presents younger estonian composers generation.<br><br>The Concert will be played once more in the Concert Hall “Estonia” at March 20.<br><br><b>Programme:</b></div> <p>Bela Bartok “Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta”</p> <p>Bohuslav Martinů Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano, and Timpani</p> <p>Pēteris Vasks “Message”</p> <p>Tauno Aints New work</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Tickets available in box offices “Bilešu paradīze” or online.</p> <p>Tickets price: 7 - 20&nbsp;€</p> <p><br></p> <p>Press contacts:</p> <p>GINTS OZOLINS</p> <p>State Chamber orchestra "Sinfonietta Rīga"</p> <p>Public relations and Office manager</p> <p>E-mail: <a href="mailto:gints@sinfoniettariga.lv">gints@sinfoniettariga.lv</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.sinfoniettariga.lv/">www.sinfoniettariga.lv</a> </p> Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:54:00 GMT Sat, 14 May 2016 21:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1162 Dance and Music Productions of the State Theatre Vanemuine http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1156 <a name="top"><table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="750"><tbody><tr><td bgcolor="#ffffff" valign="top"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td id="content"><div><div><p>The Vanemuine is the oldest theatre in Estonia, founded in Tartu in 1870. It was also the first professional theatre in Estonia (1906) and is the only three-genre theatre in the country, staging operas, operettas and musicals, classical ballet and modern dance and drama. The theatre has three different buildings and employs more than 350 people, including a ballet troupe with a highly international cast, and a large symphony orchestra. The theatre often hosts guest soloists. The Vanemuine is a repertory theatre – every season the programme includes more than 40 different productions in a variety of genres.</p><p>Find repertory of season 2015/ 2016 <a href="http://www.vanemuine.ee/repertuaar-rubriik/program/?lang=en">here</a>.</p></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></a> Sat, 05 Sep 2015 08:27:32 GMT Sat, 14 May 2016 21:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1156 Estonia opened e-Residency to the world http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1147 <p><b>Estonia launched on May 13 2015 its e-Residency application portal at e-resident.gov.ee, enabling anyone in the world to participate in the public beta of the revolutionary digital identity program. e-Residency is a step towards fulfilling Estonia’s aspirations of pioneering the first borderless e-society, and is the first government-backed digital identity in the world.</b></p> <p>The Republic of Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency – a transnational digital identity available to anyone interested in establishing and administering a location-independent business online. Estonian e-Residents can register a company online, perform e-banking transactions, access international payment service providers, declare taxes online, manage a company remotely, and digitally sign documents and contracts.</p> <p>The online application is expected to take just about 10 minutes to complete. After paying a nominal fee and completing a background check, e-Residents need only visit an Estonian embassy or Police and Border Guard Board service point once to receive their e-Resident digi-ID. The entire application process, from online entry to card pickup, is expected to average just one month.</p> <p>e-Residency provides enormous advantages in convenience and flexibility for anyone who has an existing business or other connection to Estonia. But it also provides anyone, not just those connected to Estonia, with the tools and systems to own and operate their own business.</p> <p>e-Residency does not confer citizenship, tax residency, residence or right of entry to Estonia or to the European Union. The e-Resident smart ID card is not a physical identification or a travel document, and does not display a photo.</p> <p>Prospective e-Residents may subscribe to the program newsletter for updates at e-resident.gov.ee.</p> <p>More information about e-Residency available on websites:</p> <p><a href="https://e-estonia.com/e-residents/">https://e-estonia.com/e-residents/</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.politsei.ee/en/teenused/isikut-toendavad-dokumendid/e-residendi-digi-id/">https://www.politsei.ee/en/teenused/isikut-toendavad-dokumendid/e-residendi-digi-id/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:00:40 GMT Sat, 14 May 2016 21:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1147 The 66th anniversary of the March Deportations http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1138 <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/015/25march_cover.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/015/t_25march_cover.jpg" /></a></div> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:07:16 GMT Sat, 14 May 2016 21:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1138 Cultural Events in 2015 http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1137 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:45:39 GMT Sat, 14 May 2016 21:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1137 The Nordic contemporary architecture exhibition Nordic ID http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1135 Contemporary Nordic architecture is displayed in Ventspils, Center of Performing Arts „Jūras vārti". <p>Nordic ID" asks what is today's Nordic identity and how it is reflected in architecture.</p><p>The project is a collaboration with curators from Denmark, Norway, Finland and Estonia who were asked to offer their own versions of the Nordic identity. Every curator chose five architecture projects that would express the answer.</p><p>Featured Estonian architectural bureaus are Stuudio Tallinn, Kosmos, Zizi &amp; YoYo and Pluss.</p><p>The exhibition was prepared by Baltic States architecture and design magazine Project Baltia (St Petersburg).&nbsp;<br>Curators Martin Keiding, editor of magazine "Arkitekten" (Denmark), Anders Melsom, editor of "Conditions" (Norway), Daniel Golling, editor of "Form" (Sweden), Tuomas Toivonen, architect from NOW (Soome), and Villem Tomiste, architect from Stuudio Tallinn (Estonia).</p> <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/059/rot_10.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/059/t_rot_10.jpg" /></a></div> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:57:38 GMT Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1135 Riho Toomra “From Thread to Art” http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1132 <p>At the beginning of the last century German lace knitting was taking a new direction. Rather than repetitions of motifs based on Tyrolean and Bavarian folk traditions, fashion dictated more complicated patterns.<br>This technique was further developed culminating in state-of-the-art creations by a man who was later known as the Great Master of Lace Herbert Richard Niebling (20.12.1903-15.05.1966).</p> <p><br>He learned to knit at an early age and devoted his whole life to this amazing technique, developing it and striving for perfection.<br>While the traditional motifs were knitted from memory, the complicated new patterns needed to be written down. The systems of the signs developed and by the 30s Niebling had created a simple and universal set of symbols. So the patterns were widely disseminated in<br>magazines and hobby knitters started to copy the designs. After surviving WW II, he proceeded to create knitted patterns, finding inspiration from the form and structure of the flowers in his garden and also the unusual plants that he collected on his travels.</p> <p>The laces knitted by him are gone with the wind, but hundreds of his fantastic patterns with their filigrane beauty keep amazing people even today. &nbsp;Exhibition of Estonian artist Riho Tomra in the Rothko Centre is dedicated to 111th anniversary of the Great Master.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I was born on 13.11.1963 in Rakvere. My family moved&nbsp;to&nbsp;Tallinn when I was a baby, and here I finished the Tallinn 1st Secondary School (now Gustav Adolfi Gümnaasium) and studied for a couple of years at&nbsp;Tallinn Polytechnic Institute. Since the two years of military service in the Soviet Army had left a gap in my studies, I lost interest in these, and I became a coach driver. Since 1996 I've run my own company in the field of international transport.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As long as I can remember I have always been attracted&nbsp;to&nbsp;music. I've been singing with several choirs in Estonia (Ellerhein, Tallinna Koolinoorte Segakoor, Mainori Kammerkoor, Estonia Seltsi Segakoor), and as a member of EuropaChorAcademy I have performed on different stages in Europe (e.g. Berliner Philharmonie, Die Glocke Bremen, Die Alte Oper Frankfurt, KKL Luzern Concert Hall, Philharmonie Luxembourg, etc.).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I love hard-rock and heavy-metal. In 2000 I founded the Metal Travel Agency in order&nbsp;to&nbsp;take people interested in hard-rock festivals and gigs all over Europe. The rock clubs Hades and Tapper in Tallinn were founded upon my initiative.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When I was a teenager, my granny taught me how&nbsp;to&nbsp;knit, and surprisingly for myself, my first experiments were rather successful. So since then knitting has always been something for me&nbsp;to&nbsp;kill boredom.</p> http://www.rothkocenter.com/rmc/ekspozicijas/Toomra/en <br> <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/071/plakat.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/071/t_plakat.jpg" /></a></div> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:47:48 GMT Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1132 Estonian-Latvian and Latvian-Estonian translators’ competition opened http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1129 <p>Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Keit Pentus-Rosimannus and Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs are announcing a competition for the Estonian-Latvian and Latvian-Estonian translation award. This is the sixth time such a competition has been held and the winner of the competition will be decided in the spring of 2015.</p><p>Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said that Estonia and Latvia want to recognise the best translators into the Latvian and Estonian languages and also hope to inspire the translation of Estonian-language works into Latvian and vice versa.</p><p>The monetary value of the award is 3000 euros and the Foreign Ministries of Estonia and Latvia will contribute to it equally. The panel will include representatives of both foreign ministries, as well as literary experts.</p><p>Candidates for the translation competition for specific works and translation activities in 2014 may be submitted via the application form on the Foreign Ministry’s webpage (<a href="http://www.vm.ee/sites/default/files/Eesti_lati_tolkeauhinna_vorm.doc">www.vm.ee/sites/default/files/Eesti_lati_tolkeauhinna_vorm.doc</a>&nbsp;(DOC)) and by including the translator’s CV. The deadline for the application is 9 February 2015.</p><p>In previous years, the awards have been presented to translators Maima Grīnberga (2009, 2012), Guntars Godinš (2010, 2013) and Kalev Kalkun (2011).</p><p>The agreement to create the Estonian-Latvian and Latvian-Estonian translation award was signed by Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet and Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Māris Riekstiņš on 18 February 2009.</p><p>PRESS DEPARTMENT<br>(+372) 637 7618<br>(+372) 5695 2252<br><a href="mailto:press@mfa.ee">press@mfa.ee</a></p> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:33:35 GMT Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1129 International exhibition of the of glass artistry http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1124 Opening of the exhibition is on November 4, 2014 at 17.00. Address: 7 Vesetas Street, Riga, exhibition hall of the Rietumu banka. <p>Exhibition 2D → was conceived by the artist Dalia Truskaite, the curator of the Artists’ Union of Lithuania (LDS), the main organizers of this event. The 2014 project is an international travelling exhibition with artists from the Baltic countries – Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia – and Scandinavia cooperating to exhibit works of glass artistry from this region. The works presented are conceptual realizations of ideas for exhibition in non-commercial enterprises, their authors are active participants in contemporary art processes of their respective countries.</p> <p>The idea for this project was born in 2012 at the “or 2D →” in Lithuania that was shown in several towns. This exhibition caught the public eye, partly because artists from the Baltic countries rarely exhibit together with their Scandinavian counterparts. The Baltic countries are not often blessed with Scandinavian glass art exhibitions, famous for their creativity and craftsmanship.</p> <p>The organising committee consists of: Dalia Truskaite, head of committee, (Lithuania); Kati Kerstna (Estonia, Curator of the Estonian Association of Glass Art); Bārbala Gulbe (Latvia, curator of the Glass Art Gallery, Riga); Paivi Kekalainen (Finnland). Pavla Rossini (Denmark, art historian and curator) selected artists representing the Nordic countries. A total of 37 participants were selected: 12 from the Nordic countries, 25 from the Baltic countries.</p> <p>The aim of exhibition “2D →” 2014 is to create an awareness of glass artistry, a form of art rarely represented in art exhibitions. The artists work with ordinary sheets of glass, examining its characteristics, experimenting with various methods and its potential for transformation into another reality. Thus the point of departure for this artistic endeavour is the plane, subjected to different forms of transformation, creating two or three dimensional objects. The artists invited from the various countries are all top-ranking professionals with a history of creating works for architecture. The works on view at the exhibition are of a conceptual nature and of visually decorative or graphic character as distinct from art and craft objects.</p> <p>The exhibition in Latvia is supported by the VKKF and the Western Bank. </p> <p>Author: Bārbala Gulbe</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/019/stikla-izstade-2014-invitation-lv-riga-2.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/019/t_stikla-izstade-2014-invitation-lv-riga-2.jpg" /></a><a href="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/077/1-kairi.jpg" target="_blank"> <img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/077/t_1-kairi.jpg" /> </a><a href="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/015/1-kati_kerstna.jpg" target="_blank"> <img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/015/t_1-kati_kerstna.jpg" /> </a><a href="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/019/rait-praats_oskar_a4-2_a.jpg" target="_blank"> <img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/019/t_rait-praats_oskar_a4-2_a.jpg" /> </a><a href="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/097/stikla-izstade-2014-poster-lv-en-riga-2.jpg" target="_blank"> <img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/097/t_stikla-izstade-2014-poster-lv-en-riga-2.jpg" /> </a></div> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:25:40 GMT Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1124 Riho Toomra (Estonia) knitted lace exhibition "From thread to Art" http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1115 <p><b>"Riho Toomra (Estonia) knitted lace exhibition "From thread to Art" at "Mencendorfa nams" museum gallery&nbsp;&nbsp; (Grēcinieku street 18, Riga) at 12.09.2014-12.10.2014 dedicated to the 110-th anniversary of the lace knitting Grand Old Man Herbert Niebling"<br> <br> </b></p> <p>I was born on 13.11.1963 in Rakvere. My family moved&nbsp;to&nbsp;Tallinn when I was a baby, and here I finished the Tallinn 1st Secondary School (now Gustav Adolfi Gümnaasium) and studied for a couple of years at&nbsp;Tallinn Polytechnic Institute. Since the two years of military service in the Soviet Army had left a gap in my studies, I lost interest in these, and I became a coach driver. Since 1996 I've run my own company in the field of international transport.</p> <p>As long as I can remember I have always been attracted&nbsp;to&nbsp;music. I've been singing with several choirs in Estonia (Ellerhein, Tallinna Koolinoorte Segakoor, Mainori Kammerkoor, Estonia Seltsi Segakoor), and as a member of EuropaChorAcademy I have performed on different stages in Europe (e.g. Berliner Philharmonie, Die Glocke Bremen, Die Alte Oper Frankfurt, KKL Luzern Concert Hall, Philharmonie Luxembourg, etc.).</p> <p>I love hard-rock and heavy-metal. In 2000 I founded the Metal Travel Agency in order&nbsp;to&nbsp;take people interested in hard-rock festivals and gigs all over Europe. The rock clubs Hades and Tapper in Tallinn were founded upon my initiative.&nbsp;</p> <p>When I was a teenager, my granny taught me how&nbsp;to&nbsp;knit, and surprisingly for myself, my first experiments were rather successful. So since then knitting has always been something for me&nbsp;to&nbsp;kill boredom.&nbsp;</p> <p>As the knitting process is pretty time-consuming, I have waited for today's exhibition for many years. However, Herbert Niebling's ingenious work is timeless, and I hope you'll enjoy the exhibition.</p> <p><br> Riho Toomra</p> <div class="img"> <a href="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/024/mezgines_plakats_riga_latv_anglu.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="padding:5px;border:0" src="http://www.estemb.lv/static/files/024/t_mezgines_plakats_riga_latv_anglu.jpg" /></a></div> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:45:51 GMT Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1115 Information on reasserting the internal Schengen border controls due to the visit of The President of the United States of America http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1112 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:11:26 GMT Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1112 Great Sample of the cultural cooperation between Latvia and Estonia http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1100 <p>Released on the ECM label, the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's opus <a href="http://player.ecmrecords.com/arvo_paert">''Adam's Lament</a>'' has received the prestigious&nbsp;<i>Grammy</i>&nbsp;for the ''Best choral performance''.&nbsp;The acclaimed recording stars a superb Estonian-Latvian lineup: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the ensemble "Vox Clamantis", the Latvian Radio Choir, the chamber orchestra&nbsp;<i>Sinfonietta Rīga</i>&nbsp;and solo singers, all under the baton of conductor Tõnu Kaljuste.</p> <p>Additional information - <a href="http://www.grammy.com">www.grammy.com</a> </p> <p>Fragments of the opus:&nbsp;<a href="http://player.ecmrecords.com/arvo_paert">listen here</a>. <br></p><p><br></p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.sinfoniettariga.lv/">http://www.sinfoniettariga.lv/</a></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:30:37 GMT Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:00:00 GMT http://www.estemb.lv/frontpage/news/aid-1100