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The budget of the Ministry of Culture in 2009 has increased due to the extra funding for the construction of the National Library of Latvia. Apart from this, the state funding for culturehas beencut significantly.
11 February 2009 will see the first Vilhelms Purvītis (18721945) Prize for outstanding achievements in visual arts awarded in Latvia. The prize will henceforth be awarded every two years to an artist or a group of artists representing Latvia with an outstanding work.
By the end of January, Culture Minister of Latvia Helena Demakova (People's Party) plans to decide on whether or not to cease active participation in politics for some while and to resign from her position due to health condition. In a press release, Demakova notifies that medical expertise has established that she has a rheumatic condition.
In 2008 expert committees in the fields of architecture and design, film, literature, folk traditions, visual art, music and performing arts gathered to come up with the preliminary list of outstanding art works.
The construction of the new building of Latvian National Library, the Castle of Light project, began in summer 2008 after having overcome long lasting public and political debates.
The Ministers for Culture of the Baltic Sea States (BSS) met for the 8th Conference Future of Culture in the Baltic Sea Region in Riga, on 17 October 2008.Attended by ministers for culture, ministerial representatives and cultural experts from Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Sweden, as well as representatives from the Nordic Council of Ministers, the European Commission and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS).