On 15 February Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to the Czech Republic Kaspars Ozoliņš visited Liberec city in the Northern Czech Republic. K.Ozoliņš met with the President of the Liberec Region Stanislav Eichler, the Deputy Mayor of Liberec Jiří Šolc, visited Liberec Region Library and met the representatives of the Latvian team at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival.
S.Eichler briefed about the role of regions in the Czech administration, activities and functions of the regional authorities. He informed about the latest innovations and technologies that are being developed in Liberec and activities to attract EU funding for the establishment of an adequate research centre. Ambassador K.Ozoliņš noted Liberec region co-operation with the Embassy in the area of culture. So far, most of Latvia-related events in the city have taken place in close co-operation with the Liberec Region Library. Continuing the collaboration, the Embassy and the Library are bringing to Liberec an exhibition “Art Nouveau in architecture of Riga” prepared by Riga City Architect’s Office. The exhibition will be opened in the premises of Liberec Region Library on 3 March.
With the Deputy Mayor for culture and education of Liberec K.Ozoliņš discussed the possible co-operation in the field of theatrical art. Liberec is proud of its theatre and three troupes, as well as its historical puppet theatre. Ambassador informed about the possibilities to learn about the current events in Latvian theatres by participating in Latvian theatre show and in Prague Quadriennale in June 2011.
At the Olympic Village, the ambassador met with the delegation of Latvian athletes and coaches taking part in the 10th European Youth Olympic Winter Festival. The Ambassador spoked to the delegation wishing every success to the athletes. The Head of delegation Juris Titovs presented a national team shirt to K.Ozoliņš and at the end of the meeting the Ambassador photographed together with the athletes. K.Ozoliņš attended also the ice-hockey game between Switzerland and Latvia national teams and at the end of the game presented the best player of the match award to Latvian team member Valters Freijs.