"Inese Galante Foundation" opened this week

Kaspars Garda, Rīga 2014 . Aleksandrs Antoņenko, Inese Galante and Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga
13-06-2013 A+ A-
The great Latvian opera singer Inese Galante announced "Inese Galante Foundation" opening this Thursday during the press conference. Several important goals of the Foundation are set up. Former Latvian president Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga together with opera singers Aleksandrs Antoņenko and Sergejs Jēgers will involve in order to fulfill the goals. Also Rīga 2014" will participate by including several events of the foundation in the programme of The European Capital of Culture.
"I want to pay back to my country for all the good things I have received. I also had lots of love and support while being younger. Those who are strong and happy are able to help other people who need it the most. I would like to share even more – with money, ideas or in other forms. That's the way it's supposed to be. I share with other people, they share with me," said Galante.


One of the goals of new foundation will be to support young, talented artists in order to help them improve their skills in Latvia. Inese Galante told that the foundation will help them find sponsors who are able to pay for their studies. Also several competitions and masterclasses with foreign lecturers will be available for young students.

"Latvia is a large country with many young talents, we need to understand that by avoiding provincial senses. Let's think about this large number of great Latvian artists around the world. We are the power of music in such a small country. We also would like artists come back as long as they have found their place in this world," noted Galante. Another goal of the foundation is to develop and accomplish the recognition of cultural and intellectual heritage by creating a cultural platform available for every Latvian resident. Also different art, culture and charity projects will be organised.


Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, former Latvian president, is a patroness of the foundation. "I instantly realized the importance of this project as soon as I heard of it. I admire Inese Galante about her wish to pay back to Latvia that educated her, though shehas gained her biggest success mainly in the international arena. I am moved by Galante and her colleagues involved in this project, they have stayed incredibly loyal to Latvia," said Vīķe-Freiberga adding that talented children in Latvia are in strong need for support. Not everyone gets lucky to be born in a wealthy family in order to afford good music instruments, great teachers or private lessons .


Opera singers Sergejs Jēgers and Aleksandrs Antoņenko have worked with charity projects before.


Antoņenko has grown up in a family of six children. He said: "I visit Latvia quite rarely. When I'm here, I would rather get some rest from singing. Still, I wish to do something significant." He frequently supports one of large families and also pays for a country camp where children from the local parish spend time. Though, he did not want to talk about it. "Those projects Inese creates are truly great, and I would love to involve," promised singer.


Sergejs Jēgers will participate in the foundation, too. He had worked with his own charity foundation for six years helping talentet children, large families, children with health problems and those coming from poor families. "Children need generosity, especially those who don't get that too much in their life. I don't think charity is a duty. I just feel it's something I need to do," told Jēgers.

Foundation will support classical music concerts in Latvia by stimulating young talents to fulfill their goals. "Inese Galante Foundation" will also curate other concerts, one of them is "Inese Galante presents "Summertime"" at Dzintari Concert Hall from 12 to 18 August.


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