Agenda 2020

** As it is always the case at the last minute, the program had to be slightly adjusted on the day of the event (so the table of time on this page may be a bit different from what you encountered on the spot) – due to health problems, Nora Ikstena couldn’t attend the event, but sent a greeting text instead, which was read to those present by Atis Lejins. However, the surprise promised in the program turned out to be the translator Ieva Lešinska-Geibere, who introduced the audience to an excerpt from her upcoming new translation of “Ulysses” into Latvian!



(dominant working language: Latvian)

16:15 Gathering and registration of participants
16:30 Introduction from the author of the initiative
– Hon. Doctor of Science (Latvian Academy of Sciences), Member of Latvian Parliament (Saeima) Atis Lejiņš
16:40 Bloomsday’s traditions in all the world
– Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ireland to Latvia H. E. Jim Hennessy
17:00 What is “Ulysses”? The author’s inspiration and work
– UL Director of the Baltic Philology program, prof. Ojārs Lāms
17:20 Personal impressions of reading “Ulysses” during the Soviet occupation and the influence of the work on Latvian language and literature
– writer, winner of the A. Upītis’ prize and Hon. Member of Latvian Academy of Sciences Alberts Bels
17:40 Latvian translation history of “Ulysses”
– literary editor, proofreader Arturs Hansons
18:00 Memories of Dzintars Sodums
– writer, author of the novel about Dz. Sodums, “The Man in a Blue Raincoat”, Nora Ikstena
18:15 Panel discussion on possibility of a new “Ulysses” translation
– linguist, translator, Full member of Latvian Academy of Sciences, Professor at the UL Faculty of Humanities Andrejs Veisbergs
– lecturer at the Department of English Studies at UL Faculty of Humanities Lauma Terēze Lapa
– poet, literature researcher Krista Anna Belševica
19:00 Musical performance – Irish and Latvian songs
– ethno-musicologist, composer, Doctor of Arts at UL, professor Valdis Muktupāvels and musician, Rector of the Latvian Academy of Culture, professor Rūta Muktupāvela
19:10 Final words from the organizer, Atis Lejiņš and invitation to join to the next part of the event
19:20 Bloomsday walk in Riga (in English) – with brief readings from “Ulysses” in suitable locations
– journalist, writer and Latvian Public Media English service editor Mike Collier
(information about the walking route)
20:30 The unofficial part of the event at PADDY WHELAN’S Irish pub (Old Riga, Grēcinieku Street 4) where debate can continue – with the participation of the Irish dance studio CEILI RUE.