In Kaunas this autumn: discover Lithuanian folk art

“Folklore and folk art keep a nation alive. They alone are the essence of a nation, they alone help prevent annihilation, they alone differentiate one nation from another.”

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Righteous Among the Nations honored in Kaunas for saving Jews

Lithuanian families who hid Jews during the Nazi occupation were honored as Righteous Among the Nations in Lithuania's second-largest city of Kaunas on Thursday at a conference dedicated to Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust during World War Two.

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Plan to mark anniversary of May 3 Constitution approved

The Lithuanian Cabinet approved on Wednesday a program for marking the 230th anniversary of the Constitution of May 3, 1791 next near.

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New director of Lithuania's genocide center: we'll boost our international visibility

Adas Jakubauskas, 55, the new director of the Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania, vows to improve the center's international and internal communication and spread awareness on Lithuania's historic memory issues abroad.

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Minister: recommendations for schools may change if coronavirus situation worsens

Lithuania's authorities may change their safety recommendations for schools if the coronavirus situation in the country continues to worsen, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Tuesday, the first day of the new academic year.

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New step integrating Roma people in Vilnius

The City of Vilnius is taking yet another step in the successful integration of the Roma into the society – today, the City Council approved a new programme for 2020–2023 with new solutions, strengthening the areas of education, health care and culture, with a particular focus on the reduction of social exclusion (especially that of women), their inclusion in the labor market and the right to housing. In order for the programme to be effective and efficient, measures for its monitoring and supervision have been planned.

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Čepulis: in today’s technological world creativity is becoming increasingly important

There are more connections between art and technologies than might appear from the first sight. The most obvious one – art needs tools and equipment and technological innovation cannot happen without involving creativity and improvisation, thinks Nerijus Čepulis, philosopher, Associate Professor at KTU. What are other ways in which creativity and so-called soft skills are saving every one of us in the age of technologies?

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Support for Belarusians: Vilnius university offers free studies and scholarships

Seeking to express solidarity with the people of Belarus and supporting the democratic aspirations of the citizens of the neighbouring country, Vilnius University (VU) has decided to establish the Grand Duchy of Lithuania scholarships for the most gifted applicants from Belarus. This would enable Belarusian students to study at VU free of charge and be provided with additional financial incentives. VU will also offer the opportunity for Belarusian students who are persecuted for civil and political reasons to transfer their studies to VU, the university informs.

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Bryer: when I start with a goal, I never ask about the rules and procedures

“Creativity is what happens when all the rules that restrict your movement are dismissed, if only in one’s mind”, says Thomas Andrew Bryer, Professor at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Director of the Office of Downtown Community-Engaged Scholarship and Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida (USA). For him, art brings not only aesthetical pleasure, but also inspiration for teaching.

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Historic fair invites to know craft traditions

Traditional St. Bartholomew’s Fair certificated as Lithuanian national heritage is revived for the 9th time with a great event reconstructing crafts, arts and guild traditions of the Late Medieval Ages and the Renaissance. The Fair will be held at Vilnius Town Hall square on the 21st–22nd of August, 2020. The Fair has been known for the citizens of Vilnius since 17th century after being mentioned for the first time in 1664 in the first Statute of Vilnius potter’s guild.

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Spivey. Persistence and resilience in times we live

This article is going to touch on some of the some of the topics I have already mentioned in previous columns. However, I think these two resonate quite clearly with us all at this moment in time, especially in the current global situation. I’m hoping that they will in some way provide some solutions and give us some reflection on where we find ourselves and will attempt to help in our predicament. However, this is an introduction into these topics therefore giving us time to think before delving deeper.

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Minister: new school year to begin in classrooms on September 1

Lithuanian students will start the new school year in classrooms on September 1, Education Minister Algirdas Monkevicius said on Thursday.

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High-school graduates' English exam results best

High-school graduates in Lithuania have passed the state English language exam with the best results, with almost 10 percent of them receiving the highest score of 100 points.

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Tornau wins competition for cultural attaché to UK

Ula Marija Tornau has won the Lithuanian Culture Ministry's competition for the post of cultural attaché to the United Kingdom.

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Dario Martinelli. Would it be fair to suspend all films that fail to meet today’s moral standards?

The #blacklivesmatter movement has been marked by many initiatives in different spheres and entertainment is no exception. One of such was the suspension of Gone with the Wind by the HBO channel. The move has raised controversies and ongoing discussions about the legitimacy of intervening in the historical and cultural memory of our society, emphasizing moral limits that are often results of their time, and despicable only in a contemporary perspective.

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Lithuanian artist among winners of Geneva Art Contest

Painting Wall by the well-known Lithuanian artist Ms Sigita Maslauskaitė-Mažylienė is among the three winners of the United Nations Office in Geneva art contest “The Future We Want”.

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Long-standing director of Ciurlionis museum dies

Osvaldas Daugelis, the long-standing director of Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis National Museum of Art in Lithuania's second-largest city of Kaunas, passed away on Sunday after a long illness at the age of 64.

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Kaunas in Cinema: beauty of people, nature and architecture

Kaunas constantly plays various roles in feature, documentary, television, and short films. Have you recognised our city, visit.kaunas.lt writes.

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Grand Courtyard of the Seimas opens to the public

From Monday, 13 July 2020, the Grand Courtyard of the Seimas will be opened to the public. Previously, it was only open to residents on the Day of Restoration of Independence, on commemoration of the events of 13 January, and on other festive events.

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Vilnius centre becomes art gallery

Lithuanian capital Vilnius has turned its centre into an open-air art gallery. The outdoor advertising exhibition contains 100 works of local art. Art lovers may contact the artists through the special website. The website contains images and descriptions of art objects, their prices and contacts of authors.

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