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Opening of the exhibition “Latvia: the fight for freedom” in Barcelona


The exhibition explores the recent history of Latvia and its struggle for freedom following almost half a century of occupation.

The exhibition is part of the programme Europa 25, the series of exhibitions in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Latvia: the fight for freedom can be seen in the Santa Àgata chapel in the Plaça del Rei from the 15th of October to the 11th of January.

The exhibition in question features sixteen objects of interest, twenty-four photographs and a selection of graphic documentation that serves as an exploration of the recent history of the Baltic state and its struggle to reinstate national freedom following 45 years of Soviet occupation. It is worth remembering that Latvia also suffered a brief period under the Nazi yoke when, in 1941, Germany definitively broke the non-aggression pact existent between the two countries, thereby initiating a direct confrontation that lasted throughout the remainder of the Second Word War.

The exhibition, then, is an attempt to explain the country’s process of emancipation and emphasises the events of 1989 that led to a definitive change in the future of the country and the establishment of the Via Baltica linking the capital city, Riga, with Tallin, in Estonia, and Vilnius, in Lithuania.

The exhibition Latvia: the fight for freedom is organised by the Barcelona Culture Institute in collaboration with the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, in Riga and can be visited, free of charge, in the Santa Àgata chapel from the 15th of October up until the 11th of January. 

Leaflet for the exhibition “Latvia. The fight for freedom”

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