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Let‘s Celebrate Together Centennial of Lithuania!

2017-12-29

Prestigious travel magazine Wanderlust has announced Lithuania along with Latvia and Estonia the hottest destination of 2018. The reason for that is 100th birthday of restoration of these states, therefore next year you will be able to see at least 100 times more than usually. 

100 times more reasons to choose LT. „There is a lot to see in Lithuania. The increasing number of visitors by more than 10 percent each year proves worth visiting our country. Next year there will be 100 times more reasons to choose Lithuania, because we are planning thousands of events, exhibitions and other initiatives for our Centennial, which you won’t be able to see in any other year,” says Indrė Trakimaitė-Šeškuvienė, director of the State Department of Tourism.

 

Time Machine. The biggest celebration will take place on 16th of February 2018, the day our independence was restored back in 1918.  “One February week between the 9th and 18th will take you 100 years back. You will be given possibility to experience Lithuanian capital Vilnius just as it was a century ago. It is planned that at least part of institutions will change their signs to those that were seen 100 years ago, restaurants are going to include dishes that were popular those times in their menus, they also plan to invite musicians who will perform live playing pianos or fortepianos. All around the city you will find plenty of features that will take you back in time” reveals Karolis Žukauskas, advisor to the mayor of Vilnius City Municipality.

 

Song Festival. One more spectacular event will be held in 2018, a traditional Song and Dance festival dedicated to the Centennial. The event will take place from 30th of June to 6th of July. The festival proclaimed by UNESCO as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity will be exceptionally impressive next year. Song and Dance Festival is even called ‘Lithuanian Art Olympics’, because this national cultural phenomenon is spiritually equal to ancient Greek Olympic Games. It is worth mentioning that traditional Lithuanian glees (a form of polyphonic singing) are also included into the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO and you will have a unique opportunity to enjoy this kind of singing in the Song festival. 

 

The Song festival will culminate with the National Anthem that is traditionally sung by Lithuanian communities all over the world at the same time.

 

Festive mood in every city. Many concerts will be organised not only in the capital but also in other cities. Kaunas is going to celebrate the Independence Day with an exceptional authentic carillon performance, city buildings will be revived by light installations when the night comes, Klaipėda also will offer a wide range of concerts and festive events. Free excursions to historical objects and mounds, illuminated with huge bonfires at night, will be held in every corner of Lithuania. „Every city visitor will participate in the celebration and experience the festive mood on this day,” tells Trakimaitė-Šeškuvienė.

 

Bells of 100 churches. On 16th ofFebruary the biggest cities of the country will offer its residents a big variety of concerts starting from classical music performances in churches, ending with performances of street musicians and national music ensembles in city parks, including special event – ringing bells in 100 churces in whole Lithuania at 12.30 p.m. on the 16th of February. Moreover, you will be able to visit a number of exhibitions, including installations, performances, shows, educational excursions and Open Doors days in museums promising to greet their visitors with special programs.

 

100 objects - 100 stories. For those willing to get better acquainted with our history of regaining independence, Department of Tourism has prepared Keliauk ir pažink, an interactive map showing all places that are worth visiting and helping to plan your own route: simtmeciomarsrutas.lt/en/. Restored Lithuania’s route features one hundred historical, cultural and natural objects in Lithuania, Latvia and Poland relating to the significant period of restoration of independence from 1918 to 1923.

 

For more information about the events dedicated to the Centennial of the Restoration of the State, please visit www.lietuva.lt 



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