Vidzeme Culture and Art Association „Haritas” was founded 21st April, 2005.

The main aim of the Association: to promote social, political and economical development of local publics and to motivate their civic participation by mediation of art and culture.

Main fields of activities:

  • cultural education
  • intercultural dialogue
  • cultural heritage
  • interdicsiplinary cooperation
  • advocacy
  • dialogue between NGO’s, municipalities, state and business institutions
  • sustainable, result-oriented NGO sector.

27th January, 2006 structural unit „NGO Information” was founded. Structural unit is engaged in publicity and public relations of NGO sector, as well as consultations about project application elaboration. Since organization was founded, it is working to promote circulation of the information and dialogue between different target groups.

The association has 64 members, both juridical and physical persons: representatives of the professional art, amateur collectives, culture centers in parishes, other NGOs of the culture sphere. The structural unit “NGO Information” works with NGOs from various fields, mainly the social. The target group of the association is not only representatives and cooperation partners of the cultural field, but also other NGOs, government institutions, entrepreneurs.

“Haritas” is a member of association “Latvian Civic Alliance”, member in Latvian Women NGO Cooperation network and Latvian Network of Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation.

Regional and national grant programmes we work with:

  • Vidzeme Culture programme
  • State Culture Capital Foundation
  • Society Integration Foundation

International grant programmes we work with:

  • Programme of EEA Financial Mechanism
  • European Commission’s Programme “Erasmus+”
  • European Commission’s Programme “Europe for Citizens”
  • European Commission’s Programme “Creative Europe”
  • European Culture Foundation
  • Nordic Culture Point

Culture organization cooperation network

Culture organization cooperation network “European Culture Identities” (ECI) was established in 27th November 2007, in Valmiera, Latvia, on initiative of Vidzeme Culture Art and Culture Association.

Aim of the network – to promote cooperation between culture organizations in different countries to develop new social culture projects and initiatives.

As the main tool for developing successful partnerships, projects and initiatives, common web based information platform will be used.

In every two years following events will take place:

1st year – international culture conference in one of the partner countries of ECI,

2nd year – festival “European Culture Street” in one of the partner countries of ECI.


If you are interested to join the network or in any kind of other cooperation – please contact us: biedriba.haritas@gmail.com