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The scholarly and creative conference “Experience and Views: 100th Birthday of Poet Velta Sniķere”

The scholarly and creative conference “Experience and Views: 100th Birthday of Poet Velta Sniķere” will take place on December 18, 2020, from 4:00 to 9:00 PM. The conference will involve literature scholars, poets, prose writers, movie directors, musicians, and other cultural people. The programme will be supplemented with greetings from Velta Sniķere’s family, friends and government officials. Presentations and readings will reveal three vivid parts of Velta Sniķere’s life – poetry, yoga and public work. This will be the first time that we will be able to look at all the facets of the poet’s life and work.

Velta Sniķere, a Latvian poet, translator, and yoga teacher, was born on December 25, 1920 and grew up in independent Latvia. Since 1946 she lives in London, United Kingdom. Velta Sniķere studied philosophy and history at the University of Latvia and comparative religion at King’s College London. She was part of the Rama Gopala Indian dance troupe, an active participant in the International PEN and PEN in Exile (she still chairs the Writers in Exile, London Centre), and equally active in the British League of European Freedom. Velta Sniķere is a founding member of the British Wheel of Yoga. She has released several collections of poetry and translated Latvian folk songs and the work of other poets into English. In 2004, Velta Sniķere received an award from the Cultural Fund of the World Federations of Free Latvians (PBLA), and in 2007 she received the Order of Three Stars. In 2019, Velta Sniķere was granted the Annual Latvian Literature Lifetime Achievement award, and this autumn she received a certificate of commendation from the Cabinet of Ministers for upholding the idea of independence among Latvian emigres and making such an outstanding contribution to the world of Latvian literature.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (PDF)

CONFERENCE LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRT1PCvAOwk.

Organiser of the conference: Institute of Literature, Folklore, and Art (University of Latvia) in co-operation with the National Library of Latvia and the Museum of Literature and Music

Main supporters of the conference: the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia; State Culture Capital Foundation; Education, Culture, and Sports Department of Riga City Council; and Latvian Educational Foundation in United Kingdom.

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