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During the week of career “Haritas” together with other Youth organizations introduce the Youth from the Valmiera with the work of the Association and possibilities to participate in its activities

10/10/2013

From the 7th till 13th of October in Valmiera is organized Career week 2013 “I will be…Do you know who you will be?” („Es būšu…Vai zini, kas būsi Tu?”).

During it on the 7th of October 5:00 a.m. in the Valmiera shopping centre „Valleta” was opened an exhibition about the possibilities how to spend the free time in the educational institutions of Valmiera and visitors also had the opportunity to personally get to know  and meet with the most active Valmiera youth organizations/associations: Vidzeme Culture ans Art Association “Haritas” (Vidzemes kultūras un mākslas biedrība „Haritas”), Valmiera Youth council  (Valmieras Jauniešu dome), Valmiera Red Cross Youth department (Sarkanā Krusta Jaunatnes Valmieras nodaļa), AIESEC Valmiera committee (AIESEC Valmieras komiteja) and the Youth idea laboratory of VNF (VNF Jauniešu ideju laboratorija).

The aim of the afternoon of Youth organizations is to introduce young people and other interested persons with their organization work and show that in Valmiera Youth have different possibilities how to spend their free time also outside their educational institution.To introduce with our organization and possibilities to get involved as volunteers and trainees (students) in different projects and activities that we offer for Youth, Vidzeme Culture and Art Association “Haritas” gave an information about Association, it’s realized and actual projects and activities, and also there were organized creative workshop where young persons get involved in an “Attraction of Socks” and in creative way learned about one of art forms – sculptures, and also improved their storytelling and communication skills.

Project implementation is supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway within the financial mechanism of Europe Economic Area (EEA) and the Latvian State. More information about EEA and its supported programs:  http://www.sif.lv un http://www.eeagrants.lv, www.eeagrants.org.

Agnese Grunte
Vidzeme Culture and Arts Association”HARITAS”
project coordinator

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Opening event of the Project „Conversations about a culture in Vidzeme with tea and pancakes”

01/10/2013

On 27th of September in tavern-pizzeria “Liepziedi un Rozmarīns” (“Linden blossom and Rosemary”) Vidzeme Culture and Art Association “Haritas” organized an opening event of the project „Conversations about a culture in Vidzeme with tea and pancakes”

In the event next to the cup of tea was possible to learn more about the work of Association “Haritas”, next to the pancake plate the guests were introduced with main planned activities and results of the project “Culture as instrument for implementation democracy, participatory democracy and rights for culture” and as additives was hailed jam and discussions about the theme „Culture as important source of local development”.

The opening event were visited and opinion about the role of culture in Vidzeme and future opportunities for cooperation were discussed by representatives of different fields, institutions and organizations, such as – Organization “Iespēju tilts”, Valmiera Museum, Valmiera region community foundation, newspaper “Liesma”, NGO “Balta daba”, Valmiera Culture centre, Valmiera music school, Valka district council, Valmiera integrated library, Gulbene district council, Valmiera disabled Society “Atspēriens”, Valmiera Youth centre “Vinda”, Valmiermuiža culture association and Beverīna craftsmen association.

As a result of the project “Culture as instrument for implementation democracy, participatory democracy and rights for culture” is planned to enhance the circulation of information about NGO sector, to improve the capacity and knowledge of Vidzeme region NGO’s, to promote understanding about civic participation, to promote voluntary work, to develop informative and analytic materials and also to implement number of different culture initiatives and social culture projects.

Project implementation is supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway within the financial mechanism of Europe Economic Area (EEA) and the Latvian State. More information about EEA and its supported programs:  http://www.sif.lv un http://www.eeagrants.lv, www.eeagrants.org.

Agnese Grunte
Vidzeme Culture and Arts Association”HARITAS”
project coordinator

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Association “Haritas” offers consultations

16/09/2013

Vidzeme Culture and Art Association “Haritas” offers free consultations for NGOs in Vidzeme, culture institutions, amateur groups and other interested persons and parties.

We provide advice on the establishment of an NGO, public benefit status, accounting procedures, attraction of finance, possibilities of cooperation, public relations and publicity.

To consultations you can apply by e-mail to biedriba.haritas@gmail.com or by calling the Board Director of Association “Haritas”, Solveiga Boicova – 28395899.

Project implementation is supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway within the financial mechanism of Europe Economic Area (EEA) and the Latvian State. More information about EEA and its supported programs:  http://www.sif.lv un http://www.eeagrants.lv, www.eeagrants.org.

Agnese Grunte
Vidzeme Culture and Arts Association”HARITAS”
project coordinator

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Haritas was involved in Valmiera City Festival activities

28/08/2013

On the 10th of August when the Valmiera City festival was happening also Vidzeme Culture and Art Association “Haritas” was involved in the organization of activities for children and youth. Activities took place in Vecpuišu Park (“Bachelor Park”) in collaboration with Valmiera Youth Centre “Vinda” and other youth organizations.

Association “Haritas” give an opportunity for Valmiera City festival guests to engage in a creation of common paintings – “Valmiera Festival Painting” and “Valmiera Green Painting”. Mostly in this activity participated children and youth but also there were adults and elderly who wanted to put a part of them in creating process of the paintings. As told the participants of the activities, in paintings they portrayed things that they associate with Valmiera and how they see the city and its inhabitants.

After processing of paintings and settlement for place where the paintings could be deployed, we will inform about the opportunity to see paintings, so, perhaps, you could again see also your painted part of this collaborative art!
Photos in Associations’ Flickr gallery.

Project implementation is supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway within the financial mechanism of Europe Economic Area (EEA) and the Latvian State. More information about EEA and its supported programs:  http://www.sif.lv un http://www.eeagrants.lv, www.eeagrants.org.

Agnese Grunte
Vidzeme Culture and Arts Association”HARITAS”
project coordinator

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Vidzeme Culture and Art Association „Haritas” is going to implement the project to promote cultural rights and democracy

15/08/2013

Vidzeme Culture and Art Association “Haritas” has started the project “Culture as instrument for implementation democracy, participatory democracy and rights for culture”.Project will be implemented in Vidzeme planning region to promote using culture as instrument in realization of democracy, participatory democracy and rights for culture.

The main activities planned for the project in year 2013:

  • Circulation of NGO information and consultations;
  • Development of Association’s Strategy and Action plan 2014 – 2018;
  • Development of materials “Forming democratic cultural policy”, “Democratic culture: the right to culture and public participation” and implementation seminars;
  • Promotion of voluntary work, popularization in local and international level;
  • Broadening and development of Culture Organization Cooperation Network “European Culture Identities”;
  • Work on the development of cooperation model of Vidzeme region culture organizations;
  • Development and implementation of social culture projects and initiatives;
  • Development of “ABC of civic participation”;
  • Project publicity.

As a result of the project is planned to enhance the circulation of information about NGO sector, to improve the capacity and knowledge of Vidzeme region NGO’s, to promote understanding about civic participation, to promote voluntary work, to develop informative and analytic materials and also to implement number of different culture initiatives and social culture projects.

Project implementation is supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway within the financial mechanism of Europe Economic Area (EEA) and the Latvian State.

The total costs of project for 2013 is 9 273,03 LVL of which 90% or 8 345,73 LVL is from EEA financial mechanism.

Solveiga Boicova

Vidzeme Culture and Arts Association “HARITAS”

Chairman of the Board

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Vidzeme Region Cultural workers conference held in Valmiera

24/09/2012

21st September at Valmiera cultural center Vidzeme cultural workers conference was held. The conference was organized by Vidzeme Culture and Art Association “HARITAS” in framework of Project “For United and Civic Vidzeme Region”, supported by the Ministry of Culture.

Aim of the Conference was to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities that exist in the Vidzeme region’s cultural work, and to find a consensus for developing Vidzeme region’s cultural institutions and organizations long-term cooperation model.

The conference was opened by the Head of Valmiera City Education, Culture and Sports Committee Ieva Stiģe, encouraging conference participants to take into consideration how broad and spacious is the concept – culture. Valmiera City Public Relations and Tourism Deputy Head of Unit Līga Tarbuna talked about examples of good practice in cooperation between Valmiera City, cultural institutions and NGO sector. Vidzeme planning region’s cultural expert Olita Landsmane presented cultural management, coordination and development trends in the Vidzeme planning region, demonstrating the progress of culture in Vidzeme.

Vidzeme Culture and Arts Association “HARITAS” director Solveiga Boicova presented results of Vidzeme cultural workers previous workshops’ (Madona, Valka and Aluksne)  – summary of the ideas, recommendations and suggestions to improve the work culture of Vidzeme, as well as ideas for long-term cooperation model. It was concluded that this work is at an early stage, because of huge amount of participants who proposed to extend the discussions involving specialists in the cultural circle. It was decided that all created and collected materials during the project will be sent out to all workshop participants and to all conference participants to enable everyone to participate in knowledge replenishment and improvement. Also decided to establish a working group from the Vidzeme cultural workers who express the desire to continue working with the document projects planned for the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Vidzeme planning region.

An active part in event took Vidzeme Planning Region Head of Administration Guna Priede-Kalniņa and project manager Ina Miķelsone with their suggestions, solutions and evaluations.

Aim of the Project “For United and Civic Vidzeme Region” aim is to strengthen the traditional and non-traditional forms of civic participation Vidzeme’s region population and to improve civic education in the Vidzeme region, through formal and non-formal education methods. Project activities included a competition for young people about integration issues, information days about participation opportunities for young people in the region, state and Europe, also Non-governmental organizations could use possibility to attend free consultations in various issues at culture field.

The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Culture State budget under the “Non-governmental organizations support for integration” program.

Solveiga Boicova

Vidzeme Culture and Arts Association “HARITAS”

Chairman of the Board

Valmiera youth organization afternoon provides interesting culture ideas

26/09/2012

20th of September in Valmiera castle-ruins event „Valmiera youth organization afternoon” took place. It was also attended by Vidzeme Culture and Art Association „HARITAS”. Event gave for every visitor an opportunity to get to know more about Valmiera youth organizations in attractive ways.

As before this event only small amount of visitors had information about youth organizations in Valmiera, this activity gave extra value to event and investment in organizations and informal groups actualization and awareness. “Youth organization afternoon” showed that common activities for different youth organizations and youth are needed in future to promote mutual cooperation and co-responsibility for what is happening around, as well as to successfully involve in organization activities local community, especially youth.

Association “Haritas” offered visitors possibility to engage in interesting and attractive “sock” activity, in which was possible to refresh childhood memories associated with sculpture and plasticine.

Young people were invited to express their creativity and cultural ideas. By summarizing submitted ideas, it was found that young people in Valmiera wants to see and visit a variety of attractive and interesting events. Dominating desire was for theatrical activities, such as Valmiera Drama Theatre and actors’ involvement in young people training in acting; creating theatre school in collaboration with Valmiera Drama Theater; Theater days and outdoor theater. Youth expressed a desire to have more concerts, festivals, games and sport days for children and youth. As untraditional ideas were mentioned – baby sports games, street performers’ events (singers, painters, dancers, etc.), music days, sport activities, song and dance festival, flash mobs, and cooking schools. A wish came from youth organization representative’s side – to organize a joint tour and friendship evening for youth organization leaders and active fellows.

Youth organization event was organized by Valmiera Youth Center “Vinda” in cooperation with youth organizations. Vidzeme Culture and Art Association “Haritas” took part in event in framework of project “For United and Civic Vidzeme”, which is realized in the Ministry of Culture State budget under the “NGO support for integration” program.

Agnese Grunte
Vidzeme Culture and Arts Association”HARITAS”
project manager assistant

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