Seimas committee backs bid to help to Sugihara House

The Lithuanian parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs is in favor of helping the foundation of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who saved thousands of Jews during WW II, with around 150,000 euros needed every year.

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Lithuania to host intl military orchestra festival for first time ever

Lithuania will host an international military orchestra festival for the first time ever late in August, the Lithuanian Armed Forces reported on Thursday.

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Actor Vytautas Tomkus passes away

Lithuanian film and stage actor Vytautas Tomkus passed away at the age of 81 on Sunday, his daughter has confirmed.

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Jewish gravestones dismantled from steps of capital’s Tauras Hill returned to cemetery

The Jewish gravestones barbarically used for the construction of stairs in the Soviet era on Tauras Hill near the Lutheran Church Garden will finally be properly repaired – their dismantling began on 11 July, said Vilnius City Municipality.

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70 Ukrainian artists who fled war get grants

Some 70 Ukrainian artists who fled the war have been awarded grants in Lithuania and will be paid 600 euros each for three months, Lithuania's Culture Ministry said on Thursday.

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'Ukrainian bookshelf' opens in Vilnius' central library

The Ukrainian bookshelf, an initiative to promote Ukrainian literature, is being launched at the Central Library of Vilnius City Municipality on Thursday.

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A memorial plaque to Lithuanian writer removed in Russia's Sovetsk

A memorial plaque to Vilhelmas Storosta-Vydunas, a Lithuanian writer and philosopher who lived and worked in Sovetsk, Russia's Kaliningrad region, has been removed, Lithuania's public broadcaster LRT reports on Tuesday.

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First Vilnius Biennial for Performance Art announces an open call

The Vilnius Biennial for Performance Art announces an international open call for artists to participate in the 2023 event. The first and only performance art festival in Vilnius will take place in the capital’s public and semi-public spaces. The Biennial will invite Vilnius residents and visitors to witness performances by both established and emerging artists from Lithuania and many other countries.

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Estonian-Lithuanian artist celebrated at Holywood awards event

Estonian-Lithuanian artist Arthur Doweyko was honored at the L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards Event in Hollywood as a winner in the Illustrators of the Future Contest earning him a cash prize in addition to having his art published in the international bestselling anthology, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 38.

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Vilnius University maintains record-high 400th position in global university rating

Vilnius University (VU) has maintained the highest rating it received last year among Lithuanian higher education institutions, ranking 400th in the latest QS World University Rankings 2022.

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Bareisa's Pilgrims, Kiela and Jakstaite receive Silver Crane film awards

Laurynas Bareisa and his film Pilgrims triumphed at the Silver Crane film awards in Lithuania over the weekend, and Giedrius Kiela and Zygimante Elena Jakstaite were named the best actor and actress.

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Late Lithuanian filmmaker's documentary receives special award at Cannes

Mariupolis 2, a documentary by Mantas Kvedaravicius, a Lithuanian filmmaker killed in the war in Ukraine, has received the jury's Special Award at the Cannes Film Festival, the Lithuanian Film Center said on Monday.

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Cultural Heritage Department suggests moving Soviet monuments to Grutas Park

Monuments to Soviet soldiers Lithuanian municipalities have recently removed should be handed over to Grutas Park, a museum of Soviet sculptures in southern Lithuania, the country's Cultural Heritage Department says.

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Transform4Europe Culture Festival: from art projects to centennial marathon

Workshops on creative writing, photography, filmmaking, art, and dance led by arts and culture professionals, as well as learning about other cultures through interaction – these are just some of the activities of the first Transform4Europe Culture Festival. This year, they have gathered several hundred guests from partner universities of the Transform4Europe Alliance, which unites seven universities, to Kaunas, the European Capital of Culture 2022.

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Klaipeda hosts Daniele Bongiovanni's exhibition

“Era/Ηρα”, a solo exhibition of the Italian painter Daniele Bongiovanni, brings together a selection of paintings representative of a ten-year-long research. The exhibition, hosted in the museum spaces of the Klaipėda Culture Communication Center (KCCC) in Lithuania and inaugurated on May 13, will remain open until June 5, 2022.

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Ukrainians in Taujenai treated Lithuanians with Ukrainian dishes

On the 18th of May 18 Ukrainian girls, staying in Taujėnai, treated Lithuanian residents with traditional Ukrainian dishes in the cafe Lekštės studija in the Taujenu Dvaras.

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Mario Martinelli: arts and culture as a weapon of war

The ongoing Russian invasion to Ukraine requires effort on all fronts: humanitarian aid, financial help, military equipment, and other means of support are as necessary as ever. Yet, while some help can be more direct, other types of involvement are as important.

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Baroque sculptures on display in Vilnius museum won't return to Lviv for now

A collection of Baroque sculptures brought to the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in Vilnius from Ukraine just before the war will not return to Lviv for now: the exhibition will remain on display in Lithuania before travelling to Latvia in the summer.

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Culture council: Russian culture cannot be funded during war

The Lithuanian Council for Culture says it is still receiving requests to allow Russian artists and performers to get involved in the implementation of funded projects, adding, however, that any content presenting Russian art will no longer be funded during the country's ongoing war in Ukraine.

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Kvedarvicius' Mariupol 2 to premiere at Cannes Film Festival

Mariupol 2, a documentary by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius who was killed in Ukraine's Mariupol, will premiere at the 75th Cannes International Film Festival, the Lithuanian Film Center said on Thursday.

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