Latvian National Museum of Art presents an audio guide in Ukrainian
As part of the celebration of Ukraine's 29th anniversary of independence, September 3, 2020, with the participation of the Ambassador of Ukraine in Latvia Oleksandr Mischenko and representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora, Latvian National Museum of Art presented an audio guide in Ukrainian.

With the help of an audio guide at the Latvian National Museum of Art (LNMA), tourists from Ukraine and Ukrainians living in Latvia in their native language will be able to get a more detailed  look into the museum building, its history and reconstruction, as well as to explore a selection of 27 highlight stories of great Latvian artworks. The mobile app is available for download on GooglePlay and AppStore.


“In a successful cooperation with representatives of the Ukrainian embassy, a project has been carried out, which allows in the Latvian National Museum of Art to use an audioguide in Ukrainian. We are grateful to the First Lady of Ukraine, Mrs Olena Zelenska, for the very important initiative as well as to the Ukrainian embassy for cooperation in this project. It provides an opportunity for a wider audience to get to know Latvian art and significantly increases the availability of the museum,”


comments Māra Lāce, director of LNMA.


As the Ambassador of Ukraine Olexandr Mischenko points out:


“The Ukrainian language is the heritage of Ukrainian culture, therefore such a project is important as it provides an opportunity to get to know Latvian culture in our native language. Although most people of the post-Soviet countries speak Russian language, I believe that it is important to promote, protect and maintain our native Ukrainian language abroad. It is also a part of the Ukrainian identity. Unfortunately, we have to admit that today the Russian authorities use the Russian language as one of the types of ideological weapons in the hybrid war that Russia is waging against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. "


The mobile app audio guide in Ukrainian as an international project started this year in May with the initiative of the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska. The first Ukrainian audio guide was created at the famous Albertina Museum in Vienna, now it is released at the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga. In the future, they will be available in several museums and architectural monuments around the world.