Dedicated to the 410th Anniversary of the Rose of Turaida – „My Values and Those of My Neighbours”
The Night of Museums – 2011 will continue conversation commenced in the previous years about the values in our life. The legends, myths and historical documents have preserved in our collective memory about witches and sorceresses, about good and evil in our relations. This division you can find in the the world of fairytales, which we discover in the early childhood – witches, dragons, sorcerers, heroes and strong men.
This year we celebrate the 410th anniversary of Maija Greif – the Rose of Turaida. The legend, which has a documental testimony, found in the archive among the proceedings of inquisition, reminds us about eternal values – honour, self-respect, strength of personality and wisdom. Wisdom as a wisdom of life and understanding of the order of things, respect towards secrets of life and essential values.
The tragic story about the young and beautiful girl makes us to think over the value of the tragedy. History is always the vertical line from the past to the future. Are not there similar tragedies also nowadays? Today we have more freedom, freedom in relations and attitude, but has the respect towards your neighbour also increased, towards physically delicate person, towards everything that has been destroyed by evil? Looking into future we should remember, what has happened before.
The Night of Museums is a form of event, during which we try to develop emotional lesson of history enabling visitors to understand better and deeper the space and time before 410 years when Swedish-Polish war was in progress and originated the story about the girl Maija.
The theme of this event, which unites all museums is „Neighbours”. In the spritual vertical of the history the Rose of Turaida represents this theme in museum. Those are also neighbours through the centuries – the neighbours, who come as friends with advice and genuine desire to help and neighbours, who desire to conquer lands of other people. Cruelty, violence and war accompany humanity thousads of years. How often do we ask a question – what are we like? We and our neighbours in the history and system of values? In all epochs one of the most important and desirable preconditions among neighbours has been and still is – peace and harmony. Peace, which is based on self-respect.
By our presence we all have an impact on the environment, where we are, about which we think and in its turn the environment have an impact on us. Also the events, which took part in the previous centuries in this environment we perceive in direct or indirect way. We all are participants in the space and time as it is testified by the ancient spiritual traditions in the past.
The 410th Anniversary to the Rose of Turaida – My Neighbours and Me
7 p.m. – 1 a.m Exhibitions opened in the Castle, Church and Estate
In the New Living House of Estate Manager:
• Exhibition „The House of Turaida Estate Manager. History. Research. Restoration.”
• Exhibition of the pupils works from Sigulda Art School „The Stories about the Rose of Turaida”.
• Exhibition – The Rose of Turaida – the source of inspiration”.
In the North Tower of Turaida Castle:
• Exhibition of paintings by Sabīne Stāle and Ludmila Stāle „The Dimensions of Time”.
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Concert „Greetings to the Neighbours from Turaida” by Andrejs Ozols and friends from Cēsis in the square nearby Visitors Centre.
8 p.m. – 9 p.m. • Talks about the history with Anna Jurkāne, Director of Turaida Museum Reserve. In the New Living House of Estate Manager.
• „Sinfulness of a woman on the Scales of Themis – the testimonies of Turaida area within context of the history of European rights in the Middle Ages and Early Modern period”. In the New Living House of Estate Manager.
8:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Talks with Aina Tobis, the artist and folklorist about innner strength of a woman,
her talents and magic of the soul „ Natural woman, wormwood and honey”, by bath-house.
9 p.m. – 10 p.m. Meeting with Kaspars Dimiters „The Legend about the Rose of Turaida, Opera and Feelings” in the New Living House of Estate Manage.
10 p.m. – 12 Midnight Feature film „In the Shadow of the Sword” in the New Living House of Estate Manage.
10 p.m. – 11 p.m. Talks with the artists Sabīne Stāle and Andris Meļķis „The Woman Embraced by Stone” in the North Tower of Turaida Castle.
10:30 p.m. -11 p.m. Commemorative ritual dedicated to the Rose of Turaida, Folk groups „Delve” and „Senleja”. On the Church Hill.
11 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Service dedicated to the Rose of Turaida in Turaida Church.
11:30 p.m. – 00:15 a.m. Night Concert „My Rose”, Saxophonist Artis Gāga and friends. On the Church Hill.
00:30 a.m.– 1 a.m. Slideshow of digital photographies „Remebrance of the Rose of Turaida Nowadays ”in the New Living House of Estate Manager.
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. • Tasting of herbal teas in the bath-house.
• Exhibition of the pupils` works from Sigulda Art School „Flowers for Maija” in the New Living House of Estate Manager.
7 p.m. – 12 Midnight Making of the magic bracelets together with the Liv woman at Gardener`s House.
7:30 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Concert by student folk group of Päivölä University (Finland) – songs and legends about the cult of bear and snake and the world of primeval woman by Gardener`s House.
7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Guided tours in the exhibitions of Medieval Castle (assembly place – Castle Yard)
7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Guided tours in the Economic Centre of Estate (assembly place – at Visitors Centre)
7 p.m. – 12 Midnight Warm pancakes in the Castle yard