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Latvian Association of Castles, Palaces and Manors
The unique heritage of the castles and estates preserves its values by revealing new and new evidence of self-awareness. Preserved and transferable to future generations as a potential for socio-economic growth


Erasmus+ project “Bridging social capital by participatory and co-creative culture (BRIDGING)”

Erasmus+ is the EU programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.

Latvian Association of Castles, Palaces and Manors is one of the eight partners from seven EU countries involved in project funded by the Erasmus+ programme.

The aim of the project is to bridge social capital and to promote inclusion, cohesion and trust by strengthening the participatory and co-creative culture activities in the European sector of amateur arts, voluntary culture and heritage.

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Travellers campaign 2018 "Visit Baltic castles and manors - Celebrate together!"

131 historic manor houses and castles in three Baltic countries will open their doors to the visitors in summer 2018. The manor associations of three countries have joined their forces to organize a cross-border event to visualize the density of manor network and the range of it's services in these countries; to highlight the significance of the manors as drivers of cultural, economic and regional development in the past as well as today. Visitors are expected from May 24th till Sept 16th.

Cycle of further education seminars on the preservation of cultural heritage

With the financial support of the State Culture Capital Foundation association continues to organise further education seminars on the preservation of cultural heritage. 

Tourism campaign “Visit Latvian Castles, Palaces and Manors”

In the anticipation of the centennial celebration of Latvia, the Association of Latvian Castles, Palaces and Manors has re-launched its tourism campaign called “Visit Latvian Castles, Palaces and Manors”, which will take place from 1 May to 28 October 2017 when the popular Night of Legends is organised. During the campaign, tourists are welcome to visit 69 castles, palaces and manors in order to learn about their role in economy and creative life, as well as their importance in establishing the statehood of Latvia.
This year, the campaign is the main activity within the “Learn about Castles, Palaces, and Manors – Guardians of the Baltic Heritage” project, whereas in 2018, when our neighbouring states Estonia and Lithuania will also celebrate their centennial, the travel campaign will be organised in all the Baltic states in cooperation with the Estonian and Lithuanian associations of castles, palaces and manors.In the past, manors used to be economic units and even large households with thousands of hectares of land where production, cultivation, processing, and brewing took place. They were excellent examples of architecture and landscape, hubs of culture and art which stored and guarded valuable art collections, brought together creative personalities from all around Europe and along with the sophisticated life of lords shaped the social life in local communities.
However, their prosperity ended along with the Revolution of 1905, which was followed by the World War I, agrarian reform in 1920s, World War II, and finally the Soviet occupation. All these changes resulted in large, in some cases even irreparable losses.
The regaining of independence sparked a revival of castles, palaces and manors. Today, many of them are popular tourist attractions and they often perform important public functions by serving as places where events are organised and various free and payable services are provided. Castles, palaces and manors are now used as educational institutions, museums, hotels, restaurants, concert halls, wellness centres, artists’ residences, libraries, art galleries, culture and tourism information centres, etc.
Today’s tourists seek for interaction with the unique local environment, individual features of every place they visit; they look not for staged but true, genuine, and sincere hospitality.
What makes Latvia’s castles, palaces and manors different is mainly their environment in its broadest sense; they are centuries-old majestic buildings with historic interiors, surroundings with landscape parks and gardens, and other buildings of manor complexes. They have restaurants which often serve exquisite meals made using old manor recipes. With majestic silence and tranquillity far from everyday rush and urban noises, they emanate a romantic and slightly melancholic beauty in which you want to dive in and stay as long as possible.
The campaign includes both established and well-known castles, palaces, and manors and objects which have only recently been opened for visitors and not yet widely known; in total, 69 members of the Association take part in this campaign.
Many of these castles, palaces, and manors have prepared a special offer or task for tourists to earn their badges or stickers for visiting the site; other objects take part in this campaign by organising special events, like concerts, master classes, or exhibitions. While planning their holiday travel route, travellers can purchase and use the map Latvijas pilis un muižas (Castles, Palaces and Manors of Latvia) issued by the map publisher SIA Karšu izdevniecība Jāņa sēta. This map gives particular attention to the objects participating in this campaign and includes a description of each object and a traveller’s map.
According to the rules of the campaign, in order to became its member, one has to receive the traveller’s map and start travelling. The map can be downloaded from the Association’s website ( which the traveller can print out, or it is also available at every castle, palace and manor which participates in this campaign. The travellers who will have visited at least 5 of the 69 castles, palaces and manors and received respective marks on their maps, will participate in the lottery for prizes from the castles, palaces and manors, whereas the most active 50 travellers will get invitations to the ball in Jaunpils castle which will take place on 25 November 2017. After visiting any of the castles, palaces and manors participating in the campaign with the traveller’s map, the visitor must obtain a respective mark in the map. The mark in a form of a badge or sticker is given to the traveller who has paid the entrance fee and/or explored the castle, palace, or manor. To take part in the lottery and/or receive an invitation to the ball in Jaunpils castle, the map with at least 5 (five) marks must be submitted at any of the participating castles, palaces, or manors by 28 October 2017 (including), or sent via mail to the Association of Latvian Castles, Palaces and Manors by 3 November 2017 (on postmark). Each traveller can submit only one map. Before travelling, we recommend to carefully read about all the attractions of each castle, palace and manor and their opening hours, especially during the summer season when the objects might be closed during holidays and weekends due to private events.
The 70th “object” is the partner of the campaign SIA VIRŠI-A. The travellers which will refuel their vehicles at any VIRŠI-A gas station for EUR 20 and obtain respective marks on their maps, will have an opportunity to win fuel gift cards for EUR 50.
To make planning easier, campaign participants have access to an interactive map of castles, palaces and manors available here:, which will provide information on a specific castle, palace, or manor.
For additional information, the travellers can send an e-mail to:
The campaign is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation, the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, SIA VIRŠI-A, and
The campaign of 2017 is mainly targeted towards local tourists.
With this campaign, the Association has played a historical and significant role in the local tourism development in Latvia. With its “Travel around Latvian castles and palaces!” campaign, the Association already from its commencement (2000) worked for eleven years towards reviving the “Travel around your Homeland!” campaign, which was popular during the first period of independent Republic of Latvia. From this campaign, various tourism promotion campaigns at regional, national and even Baltic level grew and continued over the following years. Now, after seven years the formerly popular campaign has been renewed.
The Association of Latvian Castles, Palaces and Manors is a professional association which currently has 93 members. The main goals of the Association are to promote the preservation of Latvian cultural heritage; exploration, maintaining, reconstruction, adjusting for various uses, use and development of the unique and valuable cultural heritage and the environment of castles, palaces and manors; to facilitate development of tourism, culture and creative industries and related infrastructure and services at castles, palaces and manors; to expand public access to castles, palaces and manors; to promote preservation of cultural heritage, to increase the society’s awareness of cultural heritage and involvement in the protection of cultural heritage.


Project documents: Vairāk par Akciju.docx , Maija brivdienu pasakumi objektos.docx , Apcelotaja karte_drukai.pdf , APCELO LATVIJAS PILIS UN MUIZAS.mp4 , ZibakcijasVideo_FINAL_EDIT.mp4 , Ielīgošana un saulgrieži Latvijas pilīs un muižās.docx , Augusta ceļvedis Latvijas muižās un pilīs.doc , Septembris Latvijas muižās un pilīs.doc

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And Ielīgošana Saulgrieži Latvian castles and manors (Machine Translation)
And Ielīgošana Saulgrieži Latvian castles and manors (Machine Translation)

Solstice celebration events and Latvian castles and manors
At a time when the Latvian košākie anniversary is celebrated holidays – the summer solstice – the shares "apceļosim Latvian castles and manors" organizer and participants invited to celebrate the light and show it to other people.. from 19 – 25 June (social networks are put out to tender – for the publication of a photo, referring to shares and object. Information about the terms of the invitation to tender, the Latvian castles and manor Association "Facebook" profile.
The prizes: invitation 2 persons on July 1 Small opersvētkiem Ungurmuižā; 10 invitations to "Art picnic", which will be held July 16 at Lūznavas; Cēsis Friend Card, which provides discounts on many tourist facilities, coffee shops, etc. Cesis and surroundings; Chairman of the gift card for a meal at a pub; Kokmuižas beer.
Here, the Latvian castles and manors Yule measures:
Dundagas Castle Park Stage 20 June at 18 midsummer day rituals and traditions will share folkloristi Yvette and Vidvuds Medeņi. All summer, visit Dundagas art and music school students work in the exhibition,
24 June at 21 Galēnu Park near Galēnu concert will take place at "Lustīgais Summer Solstice party". Participating in the ‘ cultural Galēnu kolektīvi. house at 22 – an open-air dance (playing Galēnu VIA Arnis & Stanislaw). Entrance free of charge.

The river to see more exhibition – Peter Waste painting exhibition, photo exhibition "Time", three people in the photo exhibition "We got back."

Lūznava Manor is viewable International digital art exhibition "echo chamber" ("“echoes"), in which the six artists: Jeanne off (ms Jeanne Briand, France), Fabjans Lostiks (Fabien Leaustic, France), Adam Gibnijs (Adam Gibney, Ireland), Helen Makmahona (Helen McMahon, Ireland), as well as the Rasa Fuller and Paula Vitols from Latvia. By the end of the month is the chance to see the Jura Libeka the private view "the whim" and pottery ceramic works from the days of 2017.

The museum (the castle) 21 June 4 o'clock in the morning Yule "Sauksim sun" the lake shore "breeze" together with the Ape, the women's vocal ensemble. All invited singing, dancing, playing games, they wake up the morning sun, burning summer last year and making new crowns, washing her face in morning dew of the morning swim in the lake in midsummer cheese taste, you can create your own power and energy charm.

21. invites Cesvaines palace at 19.00 June Green Home courtyard (opposite the castle) to the ogre of popular theatre "Skroderdienas Silmačos" (Rudolph Blaumanis) Cesvaines palace during Midsummer celebration open every day from 10 to 18, a museum exhibition to the work of the studios and plenēra Cesvaines art exhibition.

June 21 in Cesis Castle Square at 16.30 o'clock in the Exhibition Hall concert with a solstice vērteskopu "Dzieti". 22. in June 20 o'clock Cesis Castle Park folk dance concert "When white clouds midsummer." A dance concert of the summer solstice has been "When white clouds midsummer" this year and will bring together young people, and the average generation dance collective, to jointly and severally izdejotu beautiful dance. The concert will be visible the next year dancing from the Song and Dance Celebration dance lieluzveduma "Marah Land" and the dancers and their favorite dance lustīgākās. The concert will be felt sunflower energy that intensifies the constant love to dance, meadow flowers and ugunskuri. June 22 at an open-air dance the night of Cesis Castle Park in 22 with "Green royal chapel." Also, until 31 October, Cesis New Castle Alexander Vasileva collections exhibition "19 century mode," which includes the unexposed copies so far.

20 June 19 Jērcēnmuižā takes place at the summer solstice celebrations "Jump, Smith, shine brightly!" Līgotņu dančos singing and walking, the strength of the oaks and fire power with folkloric set "Mežābele". Visitors to come to the table with their drinks joint feast with jāņuzāles and pērnos. on

22 June 21, at the historic Kokmuižas beer cellar in midsummer and measure, which latviskās anniversary tradition will survive with the collective amatiermākslas Kocēnu culture. Average generation dance collective "Savieši" and brass quintet will enjoy līgotājus performances and dance together latviskos children performed Highland flings. Cities with songs and richer game Ielīgošanas measures will be guests of the Rezekne, postfolkloras group "trot" – a violin, accordion, guitar, bass and bubins, five shows voices and full of personality, the aim of which is to say that the popular song is much closer and more attainable than we think. Will the fire, songs, dances and the owners to līgotājus with cheese and beer.

The summer solstice Turaidas muzejrezervātā will be their time to two days. In the run-up to the summer solstice festival Turaida, 20 June from 18.00 to 20.30 Turaidas muzejrezervātā everyone invited ielīgošanā twisting and curling ozolzaru campaign, which are st to be kicked off by Sigulda folklore set "Senleja", sharing experiences on Summer Solstice celebration traditions. Now, however, the eleventh year 21 June in the evening and the shortest night of the Turaida is celebrated in the summer solstice. The summer solstice of light and the force of life is the greatest. They have fertility festival, when the sun is spoken, degta Jāņuguns regiment John Light, invited children from everywhere and the more edges to call you blessed this particular family and family strength. The Turaida crowds this year John will be much – 33 folklore sets from Latgale, Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Zemgale and Riga, who will share their izdziedās Līgo songs of joy, sunflower, in the run-up to the 2018 centenary of the big event when on 21 June will also celebrate Midsummer invited the international folklore festival "Baltica 2018" members.

Jelgava palace island 21 June at 19.00 – 00.30 will be celebrated in the Summer Solstice. Crown winding fading, the fire and oak, Zemgale pušķošana performers of folklore. John's father's and John's mother's people – welcomes visitors from afar pārnovadiem and Riga. The island iedancošana Jelgava – Honorary step Līkumdancis, Big John afterwards. Songs and games.

Lielplatone mansion on 21 June at 18 in "St. John Khan castle."
As reported, Latvia, in anticipation of the centenary of the project "Discovering castles and manors – Baltic cultural heritage custodians" of Latvia within the framework of the palaces and Manor Association from 2017 March 1 May to 28 October, which will take place already well-known legend night invites everyone to participate in tourism promotion "apceļosim Latvian castles and manors", visiting 69 palaces and castles, to get to know their business and creative life, as well as the importance of the role of Latvian statehood veidošanā. Gorge in stock for 2018. in all the Baltic countries.
Shares shall be organised by the Latvian castles and manor Association, which is a professional society. (Machine Translation)

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