A tradition of many years standing will brighten up the culture calendar once again come International Theater Day, March 27. The Latvian Theater Union (Latvijas Teātra darbinieku savienība, LTDS) established the awards for excellence in acting, direction and ballet back in 1986, naming them after the greatest luminaries in Latvian theater arts: actress Lilita Bērziņa, actor Harijs Liepiņš, prima ballerina Helēna Tangījeva-Birzniece and director Eduards Smiļgis.
The annual international Latvian Book Fair at the Ķīpsala Exhibition Hall will run from February 27 to March 1 this year. The fair's programme includes authors' readings, book presentations, meetings with acclaimed writers, book exhibition, news from publishers, book exchanges, and events for children.
The annual award organized by LTV and LR (based on the arts panorama broadcast "100gr of Culture"), is decided by vote from the viewing audience, and there are seven categories.