Vilnius celebrates 700th anniversary and embarks on year-long cultural programme

On 25 January, the Lithuanian capital Vilnius finally started celebrating its 700th anniversary and got the jam-packed cultural programme going for the entire year.

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Lithuanian classical music performers among ICMA 2022 winners

Three Lithuanian classical music performers have been announced winners of the International Classical Music Awards for 2022, the Lithuanian Musicians Union said.

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty opens office in Vilnius

On Tuesday, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) will officially open its Lithuanian office staffed with 18 journalists who fled the Minsk regime.

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Ukrainian refugees invited to pray with priest without links to Moscow

Ukrainian refugees and other members of the Orthodox community in Lithuania who do not want to pray in the Moscow Patriarchate on Orthodox Christmas Day are invited to do so in alternative places with a Ukrainian priest.

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Official Vilnius 700 event: the 1st Vilnius Performance Art Biennial starts with a new work by Emilia Škarnulytė

Celebrating the exact day of Vilnius’s 700th anniversary, the 1st Vilnius Performance Art Biennial presents the opening event of the festival—a new work by artist Emilia Škarnulytė, Aphotia, which will take place on 23 January at 7 pm at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.

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Book of condolences for Pope Benedict opens at nunciature in Vilnius

Mourners can pay tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Apostolic Nunciature in Vilnius on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Group of MPs move to recognize Armenian Apostolic Church as 'traditional'

A group of parliamentarians propose to recognize the Armenian Apostolic Church as a traditional religious community in Lithuania.

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Vyšniauskas: I went to Belarus to support my friends suffering under regime

Lithuanian opera singer Vaidas Vysniauskas says he went to Belarus at the invitation of a bishop of evangelical churches in Belarus and took part in pre-Christmas events to support his friends suffering from the regime.

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Opera singer Vyšniauskas apologises for performing in Belarus

Opera singer Vaidas Vyšniauskas has posted an apology on his Facebook for his performance in Minsk, Belarus, on Sunday.

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Culture Minister shocked by Vysniauskas' performance in Minsk

Lithuanian Culture Minister Simonas Kairys says he's shocked by Lithuanian opera singer Vaidas Vysniauskas' decision to perform in the Belarusian capital over the weekend.

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Lithuania returns original copy of its 1918 independence act to Germany

The Office of the Chief Archivist of Lithuania in early December returned the original copy of Lithuania's Act of Independence of February 16, 1918 to the German Foreign Ministry's Political Archive.

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Building permit issued for National Concert Hall in Vilnius

A building permit has been issued for the National Concert Hall project in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital's municipality said on Tuesday.

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Mariupol 2 producers hope to resolve dispute with Bilobrova "soon"

The producers of the Mariupol 2 documentary hope to resolve the authorship dispute with Hana Bilobrova, the fiancée of Mantas Kvedaravicius, the documentary's Lithuanian director killed in Ukraine, soon.

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Location chosen in Vilnius for statue of Lithuania’s first president Smetona

Vilnius City Municipal Council has confirmed that a statue commemorating Antanas Smetona (1874-1944), the first president of Lithuania who held office in 1919-1920 and 1926-1940, will be erected in a square adjacent to the Old Theatre of Vilnius, the Jonas Basanavičius Street.

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Winners of Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts announced

The Ministry of Culture held a press conference on Monday to announce the laureates of the 2022 Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Art.

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Mantas Kvedaravičius’ film Mariupol 2 wins at European Film Awards

Mariupol 2, a film by Mantas Kvedaravičius, won the Best Documentary Film award at the European Film Awards in Reykjavik on Saturday, reports the Office of the Government.

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Composer Novikas passes away at 82

Composer Mikalojus Novikas, one of the founders of the Lithuanian pop song school, has passed away at the age of 82, LRT Radio reported late Sunday.

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Vilnius starts dismantling Soviet sculptures despite UN committee warnings

Workers on Tuesday started dismantling the monument to Soviet World War Two soldiers in Vilnius' Antakalnis Cemetery, despite interim measures imposed by the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC).

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Nausėda extends condolences over the passing away of sculptor Zubovaitė-Palukaitienė

The president has expressed his sincere condolences to the family, friends and the entire Lithuanian cultural community for the loss of sculptor Dalia Ona Zubovaitė-Palukaitienė who passed away on Monday, the Office of the President said.

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Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts nominees listed

The Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prize Commission has announced the nominee list of the 2022 Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prize, the Ministry of Culture said on Monday.

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