The 2007 WCER Congress in Latvia – Riga (19th – 21th June 2007)

The 2007 WCER Congress (19th – 21 th June 2007)
Place : in Latvia – Riga, Jurmala, Sigulda.
Theme: „The spirit will see new light in the turn of ages” (Rainis)
Ethnic religions – national spiritual base

The central axle of the immaterial heritage of every nation is its ethnic religion – the national spiritual base that should become the spiritual base of humankind in future.

The deity of every nation is the symbol of its spirituality and the promulgator of morality, ethics and customs.

The main point – the base of all reliìions is the cyclic time period – the endless RITE, which never ends, but becomes renewed through the turn of ages – that is the law of the universe.

We have entered a new TIME CIRCLE –the day of the mythical time has set in, when we have to climb mountain – towards the light – the rising sun. Every nation should be aware of in the world and should renovate the lynx with the archetype o egregor of nation, its spiritual building should be constructed, or otherwise in this epoch of globalisation people will be the eternal homeless tramps, having no past and consequently no future.

Let us see, what we can take from our past and bring into the future and let us share our cultural wealth and verstility making the world colourful and unique. Let us be OURSELVES and only that way we will be able to surprise and delight each other. The general human values will be like final destination for our common progress towards light.

The target of our conference – to study the role and significance of ethnic religions on the scale of humankind.

The goal of the conference is to prepare a RESOLUTION to be presented to international organisations, which would enable the carriers of each ethnic religion to present it also to their national institutions with the aim – to consolidate the ethnic religion in each national legislation and, if need be, protect it by law, rewarding to it a special status of intangible cultural heritage (as provided by UNESCO Convention for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage, adopted on October 17, 2003, The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights on 25 June 1993, Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, adopted by UN General Assembly on 18 December 1992, UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and other international documents).


Tuesday, 19 June
9.00 Opening of Conference at the monument to Ernests Brastiòð in Riga
10.00 Procession to the monument of Rainis – service (Possibility for guests to give a short speech)
11.00 OPENING CONCERT at Riga Latvian Society
12.30 Leaving for the conference venue in Jurmala
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch / coffee break
14.30 – 19.00 Working session of Conference
Walk in Jurmala city – Maiori – Museum of Rainis and Aspazija.
Watching the sun-set on the sea shore.

Wednesday, 20 June
9.00 – 13.00 Morning session of Conference
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch / coffee break
14.00 -19.00 Afternoon session, taking of RESOLUTIONS
Excursion along the sea coast up to Lapmezhciems village – fish degustation, sun-set, bonfire and singing on the sea shore.

Thursday, 21 June
11.00 Ethnographical Open-air Museum – presentations by participants (Representatives of each ethnic culture will be able to present their performance programme – rituals, songs and dances.)
14.00 – 15.00 Luch at Priedes tavern in the Open-air Museum
15.00 – 17.00 Presentations by participants
17.30 Leaving for Sigulda
19.00 SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVITY at Dainu hill in Sigulda

In week-end the participants are offered to take a tour in Latgale – one of the most beautiful regions of Latvia. More info click here.

Information for participants
All interested:
please apply for your participation in the Conference before April 29, 2007.
Each group should specify their number and names of the participants. Please, indicate also special needs, if any, to be taken into account by the organizers (catering, transportation, lodging, schedule of the Conference, etc.). Your suggestions are welcome any time, please do not hesitate to contact us! All speakers:
please apply before April 29, 2007.
Each presentation is given 15-20 min.
If an interpreter is required, please inform us in advance.
All papers could be sent to our e-mail and should be received by us in english by April 29. All presentations will be published in a conference catalogue.

Conference fees:
Lodging – EUR 35 double room, for third person in addition plus EUR 18 a day.
Meals – EUR 15 per person a day.

Congress home page:

Congress organizers in Latvia:
Ramants Jansons – head of the Dievturu Parish „Ramava”, member of the Latvian Dievturu community board, phone: (+371) 26318737, e-mail:
Foundation Maras loks –, e-mail:
Jolanta Larmane – guest coordinator, e-mail: