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The Book Launch - 27 Dec 2008, Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney

The book was launched by Dr Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, former president of Latvia, on Saturday, 27 December 2008, at Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney. Front row, from left: Ingrīda Ķauķis-Rehbaum, Māra Pūšmucāns, Vija Spoģis-Erdmanis, Dagnija Greste (who provided the idea and inspiration for the book), Dr Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Igors Dortiņš (President of the Australian Latvian Artists Association), Uldis Āboliņš. Standing: Imants Tillers, Andra Krūmiņa, Pēteris Strazds, Vineta Lagzdiņa, Velta Vilmanis, Aija Rutkovskis, Natalija Neiburga, Edgars Greste, Dzidra Mitchell, Adam Derums, Ojārs Greste, Gunta Rasmanis, Harijs Piekalns, Maija Collishaw, Paola Garofali, Pēteris Ciemītis, Brigita Ozolins, Ingrid Mitchell, Biruta Clark, Liena Sveilis, Mara Moore, Maija Kīns, Anita Apinis-Herman, Elmars Klucis, Rita Kauliņš, Andrea Klucis, Anita Rezevska, Ieva Knochs, Kristina Granstrom-Lucis. Other artists present at the book launch but not in the photo were Anita Misiņš, Askolds Pētersons, Isidore Tillers, Walter Barda, Astra Lācis, Lidija Mednis, Astrīda Mednis, Aina Nicmanis, Helena Nikitins and Leons Samulis.

Listen to the speeches:
Peter Legzdiņš introduces Dagnija Greste
Dagnija Greste's speech

 
Dr Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga's speech in English
Dr Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga's speech in Latvian
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Peter Legzdins, organiser of the book launch, opens the formalities.

Dagnija Greste introduces the book.

Dr Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga launches the book.

Ojārs Greste, Sally Madgwick and Dagnija Greste.

Tracey Allen, our fabulous designer of the book.

Ieva Wilson (book committee), Vaira Zemītis (treasurer), Dagnija Greste.

Helena Nikitins, Isidore Tillers, Imants Tillers, Andra Krūmiņa, Pēteris Strazds.

Biruta Clark accepts a book on behalf of Gold sponsors Jevgenijs and Zenta Kasapcevs.

Kaija Upenieks and Vineta Lagzdiņa playing Vineta's special composition for the book launch.

Our display of the book in the City of Sydney library adjacent to the Barnet Long room, where the launch took place. The plate is by Velta Vilmanis.

In the library we had eight posters featuring works by some of the book artists: from left Pēteris Dombrovskis, Aleks Terauds, Imants Tillers, Jan Senbergs, Juris Cerinš, Pēteris Ciemītis, Ilze Šēnberga-Nāgela and Gunta Rasmanis.

Ojārs Greste with title poster for the book. The posters were designed by our book designer, Tracey Allen.

Posters featuring Pēteris Dombrovskis, Aleks Terauds, Imants Tillers.

 

 

   
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