With the financial support of the Riga 2014 Foundation, within the framework of project Amber Road: Towards the Future of Latvia in the World a scientific expedition along the ancient amber road was organized. Since ancient time amber was the reason for traveling, adventures, meeting with strangers and Exchange of information, which always leads to the augmentation of beauty and wisdom. As well as the team of Rīga 2014 for four years trying to do the same, creating adventure and educational serial "Northern side" („Ziemeļu puse”). Therefore, on October 29, the creative team of Riga 2014 and „Vides Filmu Studija” (VFS) will hit the road, in order to verify, that no it would be so that cornerstone of Baltic Region civilizations made of succinite which is scientific name of amber. The team will go through the ancient Amber route to rediscover this material, which every Latvian considers every as purest symbol of Latvianness, to learn it in different aspects - the magic, medical, economic, geological, technological, chemical, gastronomic, linguistic and symbolic.This will be the first expedition along the new Amber Route in the European Capital of Culture year project. The members of the eight-day expedition made their way from Prague…
To prepare the brochure, information regarding research outcomes of physical and mechanical properties of amber were used, which was carried out with the financial support of the Riga 2014 Foundation within the framework of project Amber Road: Towards the Future of Latvia in the World. Ambelika® composite amber fibers are developed in Latvia as a result of fusion of science and high tech with natural material - Baltic amber.The main idea of creating composite amber fibers is simplicity, as the highest stage of art of intellectual activity aimed at the final result. Amber as bright gem passes through the centuries and cultural history of nations, representing by itself a unique timeline, symbolizing the link between the past, present and future. It is extraordinary and magically attractive. That is the reason why the most unique and mysterious gem of Northern Europe - Baltic amber - was chosen for the manufacturing of the new composite fibers.
No 11.līdz 16.decembrim Romā, Etrusku muzejā (jeb oficiālā vārdā Villa Giulia) tiks rīkota Baltijas nedēļa dzintara zīmē. Tai dots nosaukums Dzintara gaismā: Dzintara zemju atklāšana - Lietuva, Latvija, Igaunija., informē nodibinājuma Rīga 2014 pārstāve Aiva Rozenberga. With help of the Latvian Embassy and involvement of Riga 2014 Baltic state press conference is planned – New discoveries of the Baltic amber: new discoveries, new knowledge, new boundaries of amber and Baltic States. Riga as Culture capital of Europe in 2014 and Latvia will be represented by professor of Corpus Christi colleague, Cambridge University Māra Kalniņš. On December 13th after the conference her book Ancient amber road: Travel from Riga to Byzantium, will be presented. On December 14th in museum Baltic amber art display will be opened, it will be on display until March 2013. Estonian and Lithuanian exhibition will show amber jewelry, while Riga and Latvia will be represented by well known textile artist Iveta Vecenāne showing amber as historic material applications nowadays in science and art, connecting past and future. Novel material – amber thread of RTU scientist Dr. Inga Ļašenko be used (Inga has performed wide-known research on amber). This project is desire to show Riga as modern home…
On December 14, 2012 in Etruscan Museum in Rome, within Baltic amber dedicated week, opened Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian artist exhibition. Riga 2014 foundation spokeswoman Aiva Rosenberg reports from Rome. Latvia was represented by Iveta Vecenāne artist whose installation „What amber has in its mind?” is a true science and art collaboration created with Riga 2014 European Culture Capital support. She works with the amber threads, which was made thanks to modern technology by RTU scientist Dr.sc.ing. Inga Ļašenko. Installation shows the thread artistically presented amber acquisition process, as well as viewable amber thread the patent.
Latvian President Andris Bērziņš met on March 20 with Her Majesty Sylvia, Queen of Sweden, to discuss the bilateral partnership between the two countries, plans for Rīga and Umeå as the European Capitals of Culture in 2014, and the importance of a mentoring programme in which the queen is involved. Both officials agreed that cultural links between Latvia and Sweden at this time are particularly focused on the important status of European Capital of Culture, as assigned to Rīga and Umeå in 2014. The President called for active co-operation between the two cities and added that he hopes that members of the Swedish royal family will visit Rīga and Latvia during the course of the year.

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