Latvijas konsulāts Ņujorkā

Save the date for these Latvian inspired events …
The Women’s International Forum in collaboration with Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations is honored to present a talk with H.E Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the World Leadership Alliance, Club de Madrid and former President of Latvia (1999-2007).
“Three stages of a professional woman’s life: Professor and researcher, President of Latvia, social activist”
Date: Tuesday April 11, 2017
Time: 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Venue: United Nations Head Quarters, Conference Room 4

Born in Riga, she started her schooling in refugee camps in Germany, then lived in Morocco and Canada, obtaining a Ph.D. at McGill University (1965). After a distinguished career as Professor of psychology and international scholar at the University of Montreal, she returned to her native country in 1998 to head the Latvian Institute. Less than a year later she was elected President by the Latvian Parliament and re-elected in 2003.
To attend you must RSVP no later than April 5.

Please read complete invitation (with RSVP details) in the following attachment

To read more about Vaira Vike-Freiberga, please click here.

The New York Times has said of Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča: “There are few voices as sheerly lovely as hers: a smooth, evenly produced instrument, rich but not heavy, with high notes that penetrate without blaring.”  Elīna Garanča returns to MetOpera on April 13, 2017 in Strauss’s opera “Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier”.

To buy tickets please visit the MetOpera website here.
Read more about Elīna Garanča here.

On April 26, 2017, acclaimed soprano Marina Rebeka returns to perform as Donna Elvira in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. She will also be performing this role on April 29, May 3, 6 and 11.

The New York Times writes: “A lovely woman with striking stage presence … Ms.Rebeka has a big, bright voice, her sound, overall, is plush and full”.

Read more about Marina Rebeka here. To book tickets for any of the above performances, please visit the MetOpera website here.

Swingers / Svingeri – New York premiere screening – April 28, 2017

A light-hearted comedy about building relationships – with passion and funny misunderstandings. All the characters in the film are looking for a flirt – bet it a swinger’s party or the sudden encounter of a beautiful stranger on a balcony.

Since its release in December 2016 in Riga, Svingeri is #3 in all time Latvian cinema box office sales (after Avatar and Rigas sargi / Defenders of Riga).

Preview trailer here.

Written and directed by Andrejs Ēķis.
Staring: Intars Rešetins, Kristīne Nevarauska, Elīna Vāne, Ģirts Ķesteris, Kristīne Belicka, Jurijs Djakonovs and Jānis Jubalts.
In Latvian with English subtitles. Runtime 84 min. Mature content – for audiences aged 16+.

When: Friday, April 28, 2017, 7 pm
Where: Estonian House, 243, East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016 (34th and 2nd Ave)
Tickets: $12, at the door

The bar will be open for refreshments before and after the screening.

MetOpera 50th Anniversary Gala – May 7, 2017 – featuring Elīna Garanča and Kristīne Opolais.

On September 16, 1966, the Metropolitan Opera opened its doors for the first time in a new home at Lincoln Center, with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, starring Leontyne Price and Justino Díaz. The New York Times declared the opening of the new opera house a “crescendo of splendor,” and a new era of theatrical possibility was born.

Fifty years later, the Met will celebrate its golden anniversary in its current home with a special gala on May 7 featuring some of the greatest artists in opera (including Elīna Garanča and Kristīne Opolais), performing a mix of repertory that both looks back at great moments from the past five decades and ahead to future seasons. Selections will be heard from such operas as Porgy and Bess, Samson et Dalila, Les Troyens, I Lombardi, and, for the first time since the house opened, Antony and Cleopatra.
Director and set designer Julian Crouch and projection designers “59 Productions” will create an unforgettable operatic celebration of this important milestone.
A special gala dinner will follow the performance. For further information please visit the MetOpera website here.

On June 1st, 2017, Ēriks Ešenvalds  “Amazing Grace” arrangement will be performed by the New Amsterdam Singers, conducted by Clara Longstreth at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church (554 West End Avenue, at W. 87th St., New York, NY).

For tickets and more information please visit

Forest Brothers / Mežabrāļi – documentary film New York premiere screening – June 14, 2017

The Second World War is over. However, the partisans in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, soon forgotten by the world, were still fighting a hopeless battle for their freedom.

They attacked the Soviet occupying forces from out of the forests. That is why people called them the “Forest Brothers”.

Very few of those forest fighters who survived the long years in prison camps afterwards are themselves able to tell their story today.

This film follows four of them. It relates the course of their lives, a story which we in the West have misunderstood, misconstrued, distrusted, and even ignored.

View trailer here.

Directed by Peter Grimm and produced by Eckart Reichl.
In Latvian with English subtitles. Runtime 82 min.

When: Wednesday June 14, 2017, 7 pm
Where: Estonian House, 243, East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016 (34th and 2nd Ave)
Tickets: $12, at the door

The bar will be open for refreshments before and after the screening.

For more information about the film, please visit

There is still time this month to see NY Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis in action  !

You can save up to 25% by using our special discount code. Valid for all remaining home games in April 2017. If you need help booking tickets, please contact Cole Schlesinger at MSG Sports, and mention you would like to use the Consulate of New York discount booking offer. Contact details – email: ;  tel +1-212-631-5739.

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