Important visitors to attend “Rīga 2014” opening
Participation in the “Rīga 2014” opening events has already been confirmed by the President of Lithuania Dalia Gribauskaite and the Speaker of the Seimas of Lithuania Loreta Graužiniene, the European Commission, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth, Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Andris Piebalgs, Estonian Parliament Speaker Ena Ergma, the Speaker of the Riksdag of Sweden Per Westerberg and the Minister for Culture and Sports of Sweden Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, as well as the Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel.
Several foreign city majors and delegations, especially heads of former and upcoming European Capitals of Culture, will attend the “Rīga 2014” opening events. Participation has already been confirmed by the Head of Umea – the seond 2014 European Capital of Culture - Marie-Louise Rönnmark, as well as the Mayor of Erevan Taron Margaryan, the Mayor of Essen Reinhard Paß, the Mayor of Kaunas Andrius Kupčinskas, the Mayor of Norrkoping Eva Andersson, the Mayor of Pécs, Hungary, Zsolt Páva, the Mayor of Pskov Ivan Tsetserskyi, the Mayor of Pori, Finland, Aino-Maija Luukkonen, the Mayor of Rostock Roland Methling and the Mayor of Vilnius Arturas Zuokas. Also Riga will be visited by delegations from Bordeaux, Bremen, Budapest, Dallas, Florence, Guimaraes, Helsinki, Chisinau, Plzen, Moscow, Minsk, Stockholm, Tallinn, Tartu, Warsaw, Vienna, Zagreb.
Riga will also be visited by experts of culture - former, current and upcoming European Capital of Culture hosts, Shuji Kogi, the Secretary General of the EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee and the delegation, representing the World Choir Games.
The interest from foreign media is ever increasing, as journalists from over 30 countries – USA, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, Sweden, China, Ukraine, Italy, Ireland, Japan, France, Russia, Belarus, Brazil, the Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Great Britain, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Togo and Ethiopia - want to report on the European Capital of Culture opening events. The biggest German mass media outlets have shown extensive interest about Riga.
The European Capital of Culture program is created by foundation “Rīga 2014” in cooperation with state, local municipality and non-governmental organizations, as well as creative unions and societies. The program is financed by the Riga City Council, the Ministry of Culture and the European Commission. “Lattelecom” is the partner of the “Rīga 2014” programme, also providing technical support.