New rector of Vilnius University elected

Rimvydas Petrauskas, dean of Vilnius University's Faculty of History, has been elected its rector, the university's spokesman Ervinas Spudys told BNS on Wednesday.

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Lukiskes prison in Vilnius gears up for popular Netflix's series

The 4th season of the Netflix drama Stranger Things will be shot in Vilnius, with preparations now underway, several sources confirmed it to BNS.

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Lukiškės Prison: bringing the past into the future

The prison complex in Lukiškės has always been a multifunctional space. At the time of its construction, in 1904, it was one of the most modern prison facilities in the Russian Empire, with spaces designated for work, prayer, punishment, administrative functions and the provision of health care services.

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Lithuanian actor and director Sabulis dies

Lithuanian theater and movie actor Remigijus Sabulis has died at the age of 65, his colleague Arunas Sakalauskas announced on Facebook on Monday.

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Gaon and Gimbutiene anniversaries put on UNESCO list

The anniversaries of two people from Lithuania have been put on the UNESCO list of anniversaries for 2020-2021, the Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO said.

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Lutheran church rebuilding project will be granted special status in Klaipeda

The project aimed at rebuilding St John's Church with its tower in the Lithuanian coastal city of Klaipeda is due to be granted the status of a project of state significance as the country's parliament is considering such a resolution under a fast-track procedure.

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Philosopher Sliogeris passes away

Arvydas Sliogeris, a Lithuanian philosopher and long-standing lecturer of Vilnius University, has died at he age of 75, Juras Banys, president of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, confirmed it to BNS on Wednesday.

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Winners of Lithuanian national culture awards named

Lithuania's Ministry of Culture on Monday announced the six winners of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts.

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Grigorian and Puipa among candidates for national culture awards

12 candidates have been selected for the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts and they include opera singer Asmik Grigorian, film director Algimantas Puipa as well as Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte ir Lina Lapelyte, the authors of the Lithuanian pavilion at the Vienna Biennale, the Culture Ministry announced on Friday.

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Famous Lithuanian humorist died at age 45 in Spain

On Monday evening, the news website DELFI.lt announced that one of the most famous Lithuanian humorist Vitalijus Cololo died in Spain. He was only 45 years old.


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Iconic Lithuanian humorist died at age 45 in Spain

On Monday evening, the news website DELFI.lt announced that one of the most famous Lithuanian humorist Vitalijus Cololo died in Spain. He was only 45 years old.


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Lithuanian opera seen by almost 90,000 people at Venice Biennale

Some 87,000 people have visited Lithuania's pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale and seen the Sun & Sea (Marina) opera performance performed on an artificial beach, its creators say.

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Portugal’s documentary festival tribute to documentary maker Stonys

This year Portugal’s documentary festival “Porto/Post/Doc” will pay special attention to Lithuanian documentary filmmaker Audrius Stonys. The festival goers will be able to watch director’s retrospective and other Lithuanian films that influenced his work. In total 14 Lithuanian films will be screened at the festival. Stonys will also attend the festival.

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Latest Lithuanian films and projects to compete in Tallinn

Lithuania joins Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (aka PÖFF) with a rich line-up and a growing delegation of Lithuanian film professionals. 12 Lithuanian films and co-productions will be screened at this year’s programme, with the world premiere of Jurgis Matulevičius’ debut film “Isaac” (lit. Izaokas) being one of the most awaited events, Lithuanian film center informs.

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Restored first colour Lithuanian film has its world premiere in Washington

As Lithuanian films are receiving more and more recognition at international film festivals, the Lithuanian film heritage is also being screened in various programs. On November 3rd the world premiere of the first colour Lithuanian film “March! March! Tra-ta-ta!” (lit. Marš! Marš! Tra-ta-ta!, 1964) by dir. Raimondas Vabalas took place at National Gallery of Art in Washington. The film was restored specially for this occasion, the Lithuanian film center writes in a press release.

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Government lets Vilnius school work under English education program

Lithuania's government on Wednesday allowed a Vilnius-based private British school to work under the English national education program.

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Two Lithuanian films to have world premieres at DOK Leipzig

DOK Leipzig, an international festival for documentary and animated film which kicks off today sheds light on Lithuanian films. Two films will have its world premieres at the festival: “Exemplary Behaviour” (lit. Pavyzdingas elgesys), a documentary by Audrius Mickevičius and Nerijus Mileris and “One life” (lit. Vienas gyvenimas), a short film by Marija Stonytė, Lithuanian film centre writes in a press release.

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Hotel in Vilnius succeeded in prestigious Surface Travel Awards

The 17th-century mansion-turned-hotel located in Vilnius Old Town was named the winner in the large international hotels’ category of this year’s Surface Travel Awards. The hotel was praised for being “a model for integrating historical authenticity with contemporary design.” 


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Actors and director get fines for 'church show'

Three actors and a director have been fined in Lithuania for disturbing a religious service at a church in the southeastern district of Salcininkai last year to promote their show.

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Head of Holocaust memorial would like info to be available in Lithuanian as well

Avner Shalev, chairman of the Jerusalem-based Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, says he would like information for the memorial's visitors, and also other resources, to be available in the Lithuanian language as well.

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