International Christmas Journey 2020

We believe that “adventure” is anything that takes you beyond your comfort zone. That’s where you’ll find the most wondrous awe and discovery. Therefore, we will take our visitors and friends to a journey of various cross-cultural experiences from November 2020 until January 2021.

Due to the current situation we will not hold our traditional and popular International Christmas Bazaar in presence. But the 40 nationalities – usually represented at the bazaar – will not rest to raise funds, and offer cross-cultural goods and experiences through the “International Christmas Journey”. Together, we raise funds for local charities in Latvia – supported by foreign ambassadors with their families, and a strong international community.

Travel the world with us

Traveling is one of the best ways to enjoy the arts and the vibrant gradient of cultures from around the world. It lets us have that first-hand experience that can teach us and move us in many ways. But sometimes, traveling is not an option. However, wanderlust is about to set in once again, but most borders remain closed.

We miss the smell of an island breeze, we long for exploring new places, and discover other cultures. And while those things seem out of range at the moment, we invite you to an “International Christmas Journey” from November 2020 until February 2021.

Program

Of course, nothing compares to experiencing the world in person. But we want to invite you to take a peek and learn about cultures and countries almost the same way as if you were there. 

Our journey is supported by foreign ambassadors, their families, a strong international community. and local businesses.

Shop for unique Christmas gifts and enjoy cultural events.

Online Auction – Christmas Shopping from Dec 6th until 11th

Bid on international experiences and valuable goods through an online bidding process. just before the Christmas holidays.

The auction will be online for 6 days starting December 6th, ending December 11th.

Be quick to place your bids. Shop unique experiences, high valuable items – and enjoy the cultural diversity.

Your bought items will be available for pick up at a confirmed place.

We are very grateful for BEREC, Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications, supporting our efforts by providing the technical solution.

Get a glimpse on the auction items

  • An exclusive Set of Slovakian wines being developed by vine breeders who have since achieved cult status for their work,
  • Exclusive Bike tour with the Dutch Ambassador,
  • a fun Ski instruction day with the Norwegian Ambassador,
  • a fabulous Wine tasting or Dinner with the French Ambassadress,
  • Basked full of Spanish delicacies – To help bring a little Spanish excitement into your kitchen,
  • 2-nights stay at the Radisson Blu Latvia Hotel,
  • Hungarian Cooking course for up to 15 people,
  • Candle Light Dinner for 2 at the Grand Palace,
  • Developing activity board by Meistariņš,
  • Therapy session of 1,5 hours with Art therapist Julia Volonts from New York City,
  • Wonderful piece of Art out of the Zuzeum collection,

Just to name a few – stay tuned we add new auction items constantly. Secure your deal – Mark your calendar: The Auction starts on December 6th!

Join Cultural Events.

We invite everyone to join our popular cultural events. Throughout time we will offer a series of cultural events like traditional cooking classes, yoga sessions, exceptional tour through Agenskalns, or bake sales. These events will be for a limited number of attendees at a fee and will include individual fundraisers organised by the embassies.

  • Our first event will be an Hungarian Cooking experience on Oct 26th.***
  • “Slovakia meets Latvia” – Guided tour through Agenskalns, with mulled wine offered by the Embassy of Slovakia, Nov 6th
  • Riga – with the eyes through a dancer. Photographs exhibition from January 29th, 2020 until March 7th, 2021.**
  • Evening Yoga session on November 26th, at 7.00pm*,
  • Morning Yoga session on November 30th, at 10.00am*,
  • Bar Tender virtual cocktail night.
  • Napkin Folding & Table Setting, at Grand Palace Hotel, Nov 12th.
  • Christmas Carol Evening on Dec 18th, 16.00 – 19.00.***
  • Hungarian Exhibition of Zsholnay Porcelain at Jugendstil Museum.***
  • and many more to come.

*International Christmas Journey – events part of the series of intercultural events from October until February will be marked with this symbol – watch out for it.

*events are subject to changes following governmental restrictions, from Oct 14th indoor sports activities are not allowed for one months.

** face masks will be mandatory not only on public transport, but also in shops, pharmacies, post offices, museums, libraries, airports, bus stations and railway stations, as well as when visiting exhibitions, museums and churches.

*** From October 14, a face mask must be worn in public places – shops and elsewhere. At events with personalized seats allocated you will not have to wear a mask. A maximum of four people will be able to sit at one table. Private events will be limited to a maximum of 30 people inside and 300 outside.

Virtual IWCR Advent Calendar.

Open a door every day from Dec 1st until 24th

Get the IWCR Advent Calendar at a donation of EUR 5.

The calendar takes you in a daily fun-filled journey which will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit! Each day takes you to a cultural experience around the world – recipes for traditional foods, master piece of music, a virtual travel tour, discounts to local experiences, or entrance tickets for local businesses.

Countdown to Christmas by unboxing an intercultural surprise every single day with the IWCR International Advent Calendar.

“I am very glad we are able to organise our annual fundraiser, even so it is a far different format this year. We invite you to be a tourist across the nations – while staying in Latvia. Culinary events, virtual travels, Christmas shopping, and social activities can at least fill a void. With our “International Christmas Journey” we want to offer the opportunity to enjoy cross-cultural experiences. And for most, we raise a significant amount of money with the support by our sponsors, the embassies stationed in Riga, the international community, and local businesses – to make a real difference in the lives of those in Latvia who need it most.” Kerstin Steinberg, President International Women’s Club of Riga.

Become a Sponsor in 2020

The IWCR members raise funds to provide support and financial assistance for charities carefully selected each year. Corporate sponsors and private donors are key in this effort to make our annual fundraiser a success.  We are very grateful for the support we receive, we wouldn’t be able to offer such a high quality online auction and Christmas calendar.

We are very grateful for valuable items and unique experiences you can contribution to our Online Auction. Our Auction will go online this year, which makes us independent from applying measures. The Auction will start on December 6th, and run until December 11th. It is a unique opportunity for local businesses to be promote to the international and local community.

Donations, vouchers, items – big or small – for the Bazaar auction or tombola are all hugely appreciated! We will acknowledge all donations on our Facebook page, website, and at the Bazaar. 

Please contact donations.iwcr@gmail.com if you like to donate for a good cause.

The IWCR is a registered charity and it is therefore possible to declare any donation as a tax deduction, and issue a PNAKT.

Delivery of donations

The Modes muzejs/ Fashion Museum & Cafe had graciously offered to be a drop off point for your donations. Please deliver the donations between 11.00-18.00.


Our Sponsors

		

Donate to the IWCR

We invite you to donate directly to the Bazaar fund.

If you are unable to host a country table this year, or will be unable to visit the bazaar, we invite you to donate directly to the Bazaar fund or give an item for sale at our auction.

You can read all about how we spend the funds donated to the club in the Charity section. Thank you!

Bank Account Details

Rigas Starptautiskais Sieviesu Klubs – Igora iela 49, Salaspils LV-2119, Latvia
IWCR’s REG. number 40008020471
IBAN (International Bank Account)
Number: LV92UNLA0001001700980

Bank “SEB”
T/C Galleria Riga, Dzirnavu Iela 67, Riga, LV 1011, Latvija
Bank routing number: 310101900


Give a helping hand to those in need

The IWCR Charity Bazaar is our main annual fundraising event. All the funds raised at the Bazaar will be directed to charity projects in Latvia, with special attention to low-income families, young single mothers, children in need, the elderly, and victims of violence.

We are very grateful for all contributions our sponsors help us with and all the visitors we welcome to the event to raise money for IWCR sponsored charities.


This was the Charity Bazaar 2019

Take a tour through our Charity Bazaar 2019, which took place on November 24th. It was a fabulous event with many visitors discovering gifts, hand-made souvenirs, toys and traditional presents from more than 35 countries. Together, we raised 42,000 Euro. Discover the highlights from the #IWCRCharityBazaar 2019.

		

Supported by Embassies and a strong international community

The IWCR Annual Fundraiser is a popular event as unique items from different national tables and charity vendors are available for sale. Every year around 40 countries participate.

The Embassies stationed in Riga are very important partners to the IWCR Charity Bazaar. Every year the Embassies and other international partners showcase fantastic goods, food, drink and specialities from their home countries.

The entire work is done by volunteers – volunteers who donate their time, skills and passion without being paid an penny for the enormous work they do.

The Bazaar Organization Team is thankful for every helping hand. Together we can achieve much more.  This year the core team consists of Steffi, Andrea, Dace, Linda, Ilze, Elena and Kerstin.

There are lots of things you can do to help – and have fun while helping.

If you are interested in preparing the arrangements for this year’s journey, please contact Kerstin at iwcr.president@gmail.com.