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Bridging borders through airwaves
Radio bridge 2022

What makes the Latvian capital Riga so special? How has the war against Ukraine changed life in Latvia and the relationship with Russia? What is the country discussing one week before the parliamentary elections? What do the people there expect from Europe and from Germany? And what is it actually like to live in the Latvian capital? radioeins and rbbKultur are building a radio bridge to Riga together to explore these questions.

Radiobrücke Riga 2022© RadioEins © Goethe-Institut

Radioeins and rbb Kultur broadcast live daily from the Goethe-Institut Riga, the Latvian capital, from September 26 - 29, 2022. Together they told about the people who do politics, art, music, city planning, clubs or cafés in Riga.

With around 630,000 inhabitants, Riga is the largest city in the Baltic States. It is a particularly diverse city, as Latvian, Swedish, Ukrainian, Polish, German and, last but not least, Russian influences come together here. More than thirty years after Latvia regained its independence, the Russian-speaking population still makes up a good 40 percent of Riga's population.

The relationship between Latvian-speaking and Russian-speaking culture has repeatedly been a major topic of discussion at Radiobrücke. As a result of the war in Ukraine, for example, many monuments from the Soviet era were dismantled in Latvia. Can the coexistence of cultures work despite the tensions? What role do origin and language play in coexistence? Radioeins host Knut Elstermann and the rbbKultur moderation team Andrea Handels and Jürgen Buch talked about this.

In addition, rbb reporters Max Ulrich and Katja Weber went on a tour of the city's Art Nouveau neighborhoods and markets. They tested traditional and new Latvian cuisine and learned from teachers and students of the Goethe-Institut what makes Latvians tick.

Of course, the music from the Latvian capital was the soundtrack of the Radiobrücke! Enjoy the films from Latvia!

Please note that the following contet is only available in German.

Three people can be seen in three different scenarios. In the upper right corner is the logo of the Goethe-Institut Goethe-Institut

Radio Bridge Riga

A band consisting of four young men plays music in a room with a bookcase in the background. © Goethe-Institut

Indie-Rock Band Carnival Youth

A street on which cars are driving. There are shops on both sides of the street, and on the left side in front you can see the Goethe-Institut. © Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut in Riga transforms into a studio

Aerial view of a beach. On the left side you see a forest and on the right side the sea. © Goethe-Institut

A trip to the beach of Jurmala

A man and a woman are standing at a table talking. They are holding hand-held microphones. © Goethe-Institut

A visit to the Žanis Lipke memorial site

Five women with crowns sing into three standing microphones. Two of the women are holding violins. A bookshelf can be seen in the background. © Goethe-Institut

The All-Female Band Tautumeitas

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